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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, April 7, 2009 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 28

Managing Facebook's Privacy Settings for Safe Use

Today, 175 million users subscribe to Facebook. Stated differently, if Facebook were a country, it would be the 7th most populous in the world.

And yet, many on Facebook, or considering going on Facebook, are worried about how to use it safely.

Sophos, an Internet security company, has produced a Facebook Best Practices Guide, recommending how to navigate and set Facebook privacy settings to minimize one’s risk of identity theft while using the site. The Guide can be found at

The Guide focuses on the approximately 25 privacy-related settings and, for each one, includes a safe setting recommendation and explains the rationale for that recommendation.

For example, for the the "Profile" option, Sophos recommends the setting "Only my friends." Why? Sophos says, "By default, Facebook allows all of your networks and all of your friends to be able to view your profile. As networks can contain hundreds of thousands of people (and you have no control over who else joins the network), you are instantly revealing personal information to potential identity thieves if you leave this option at its default setting."

The Sophos model is one helpful educational tool for those who wish to harness a popular service while considering how to responsibly address privacy-related risks. Another helpful resource on these issues is


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