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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, October 3, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 4

Security and working at home

Your Penn LSP probably goes to great lengths to keep your office computer free from viruses, worms, and other network nasties. But what happens when you lug a Penn laptop home or use your own home computer to stretch your workweek?

If you have young kids at home, chances are they know more about computers than you do. They may spend more time online than you, and they probably take technology for granted. But there could be problems if you let them use your Penn-provided computer.

Many kids’ recreational style of computing is incompatible with keeping computers secure. Some don’t think twice about clicking on email attachments or installing untrusted, free software that opens up dangerous vulnerabilities. Others are too trusting. When faced with a popup window that screams "Your computer has been hacked. Click here!", they go ahead and click, installing spyware that will eventually bring the computer to a grinding halt.

If you are the only person using a Penn Windows computer at home and are careful about what you click on and what programs you install, there’s a good chance it is secure. But if you allow kids to share your work computer, your computer may very well be infected with viruses, spyware, worms, and more. And, if you bring that computer back to campus, there’s a good chance it will spread security problems to other Penn computers.

It’s best not to allow your kids, or anyone else, to use the same computer that you use for Penn-related work, particularly if you store, or have access to, sensitive data. One alternative is to give your kids a separate, unprivileged account to use. That could help limit any unintentional harm they might cause.


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