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One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2014

In each issue, Penn's Journal of Record, The Almanac publishes helpful tips and hints for dealing with information security and privacy matters. This page is a collection of all those published thus far.
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Table of Contents (view all)

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?
Photo and Video Privacy Issues
The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!
Data Privacy Month: NSA Surveillance Panel at the National Constitution Center
Protecting Your Finances During This Year’s Holiday Shopping Season
Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 4

Conducting an Online Survey? Be Sure You Know Who Can Access the Results

Web-based tools have revolutionized the way that surveys are conducted and their results analyzed. Popular online tools, such as SurveyMonkey, Zoomerang and QuestionPro, speed up survey creation and distribution, and streamline submission of responses. These tools can also create a wide variety of analytical reports almost instantaneously.

The value of web-based survey tools is clear. At the same time, it is important to be aware of a potential privacy concern: who will have access to the survey results?

The process for granting access to survey results requires focused attention. For example, one web-based tool provides two pages of instructions on that topic. The instructions describe how survey results can be kept private -- viewed only by the survey originator or shared with others on a restricted or a public basis. For sharing the results, a web link is generated that provides access to the results; the link can be provided to others by email, by posting on a web page, and/or by sharing it with respondents as soon as the survey is completed. This array of options, and the technical steps required to implement them, present opportunities for error if you are not especially alert. One wrong click can turn the most private surveys into public, widely-shared information.

The take-away? When you create an online survey, be sure to pay as much attention to results-sharing options as you already do to the survey design and distribution.


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