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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)

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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?


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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 14

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Lot

You may be among the many who will purchase a laptop computer to give as a present this holiday season. These devices offer considerable -- and increasing -- convenience, but can also be lost or stolen with relative ease. You can add to the lasting value of your gift by reminding the lucky recipient about these basic safety tips for laptop owners:

  • Never leave your laptop unattended.
  • Don't leave your laptop visible on the seat in your vehicle.
  • Make sure that the data stored on your laptop is backed up. The cost of replacing a lost or stolen laptop is considerable, but looks small in comparison to the cost of losing months or years of work.
  • Avoid storing sensitive personal information on the laptop unless you encrypt the information.
  • Consider installing Computrace software, or another similar product, on the device. Computrace enables tracking the location of a lost or stolen laptop by causing it to "call in" via the Internet. With assistance from law enforcement officials, the information "called in" can often be used to locate the device. In addition, Computrace software can enable remote wiping of sensitive data if a device is lost or stolen.

Of course, these tips are equally valuable if you’re buying the laptop as a gift for yourself!

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