One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2013
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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?
Protecting Yourself from Rogue AntiVirus Warning Scams
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Handling Documents and Data of Faculty and Staff Who Have Left Penn
Spring Cleaning Your Office? Know What to Do with E-Waste
Keep Your Identity Safe When Filing Taxes This Year
Why use Penn+Box when Storing Data in the Cloud
Mobile Device Security - 3 Recommendations for Cloud Users (Hint: That's You!)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 25
Smart Steps when Accessing Your W-2 Online
The U@Penn Portal, reached by clicking the Faculty & Staff link on the main Penn home page, offers easy access to your W-2 tax statements from 2005 to 2009 through "My Tax Info." All University employees should have received a copy of their tax statements via US mail, and accessing your statements online is strictly optional, but if you want to review your statement or need additional copies, they are available for your convenience. Tax statements contain sensitive information, including Social Security numbers and compensation figures. Avoid accessing them from public workstations or shared computers. When you're finished working with your statements, make sure to log out of U@Penn and quit your web browser. It is also important to take both of the steps outlined below to completely remove the information from your computer. Your computer may have retained a version of any tax statement you view, even if you did not actively download it.
- First, use your system's drive searching utility (e.g. Windows Explorer on Windows, Spotlight or Find on Mac) to search for files with the “.pdf” extension and containing the statement year (e.g. 2009) in the file name and then delete them.
- Second, please clear your web browser's cache. When using Firefox, choose “Clear Private Data” from the Tools menu. Ensure the “cache” checkbox is selected and click the “Clear Private Data Now” button. For Internet Explorer (IE), choose “Delete Browsing History” from the Tools menu in IE 7 or the Safety menu in IE 8. Click on “Delete Files” from the Temporary Internet Files section. For Safari for Mac, choose “Empty Cache” from the Safari menu, then click “Empty.”