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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, February 3, 2009 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 20

Reminder: Stay Vigilant About Identity Theft!

In these turbulent economic times it is easy to be distracted from important financial basics, such as remaining vigilant about identity theft. Unfortunately, however, major incidents of identity theft continue to occur. This point was brought home recently when a data processing company announced that intruders had hacked into a system that processes 100 million payment card transactions each month. The total number of stolen records in this incident is not yet known, nor is the number of potential identity theft victims.

In our online world, it is virtually impossible to wholly eliminate your risk of being a victim of identity theft. However, there are many important ways to significantly lower your risk of falling victim to this crime. For example:

  • Do not give out personal information unless you’ve initiated the contact or are sure you know with whom you are dealing.
  • Guard your mail and trash from theft. Tear or shred documents containing your personal information.
  • Place hard-to-guess passwords on your credit card, bank and phone accounts when possible.
  • Do not leave your wallet, briefcase, laptop or other property unattended as such property will often provide thieves with most or all of what they need to open up credit accounts in your name.
  • Get off pre-approved credit offer lists. Don’t let “dumpster divers” get these offers and sign up for them in your name (but at a different address!). Penn’s Privacy website——describes how to “opt out” of receiving such offers under the “Manage Your Information” tab.
  • Secure your computer with anti-virus software, strong passwords, promptly-applied security patches and a personal firewall.
  • Check your personal credit report regularly, or at least once a year, to see if your identity has been compromised. A free credit report is available at

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