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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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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, May 26, 2009 - Almanac Vol. 55, No. 34

Do You Google? Know How to Protect Your Privacy

Many of us are users of Google's online services, which include a search engine, e-mail, a calendar, a photo album and YouTube, among others. The company stores huge amounts of data related to use of its services. Depending on the specific products you use, Google may have data about your searches, websites visited, ads clicked, e-mails sent and received, personal appointments and videos you’ve watched. If you use Google Health, the company may even have your medical records.

If you entrust Google with information that you view as personal, it is important to know how to protect it. There are many ways for users of Google services to protect their privacy but they can be difficult to find. A recent Computerworld article makes several recommendations, including the following:

  • Become familiar with your privacy rights by using the Google Privacy Center.
  • rotect your information by making appropriate privacy choices within the services you use. For example, you can choose to take a Google Chat “off the record” if you do not want to have the instant message transcript stored.
  • Encrypt e-mails that you create and read in Google’s Gmail. The option is located under the General tab, in Settings; under the Browser Connection setting, select the “always use https” option.

For additional suggestions on protecting your privacy when using Google’s online services, see


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