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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 13, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 29

Make Sure Your PennKey Password Meets Current Rules

An important way you can protect yourself from electronic crime is by having a strong PennKey password. If you haven't changed your PennKey password in a while (or ever) you may want to do it now. The rules for selecting a strong PennKey password have changed over the years, so your current password may not be in line with the current recommendations.

A strong password should be as long—at least 8 characters—and complex as you can remember, and not be easily guessable by someone who knows you. A good way to create a strong but memorable password is to select a phrase that means something to you, but isn't well-known. For example, consider the phrase “Orange elephants invade Alaska; film at eleven.” Pick the first letter of each word (OeiAfae) and add some punctuation (OeiA;f@e).

This password meets the current PennKey password selection rules that require a mix of upper- and lower-case characters, not being derived from a dictionary word (in any language), and not containing a username, PennID, or name.

To change your password, go to:


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