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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, 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.”

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