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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 27, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 31

ID Theft: A Growth Industry

According to a recently-released survey report, 11.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2009 - a 12 percent increase from 2008. Over the same period, dollars lost to identity theft fraud grew 12.5 percent, to $54 billion. Thirty-nine percent of identity theft victims reported that stolen information was used to open new credit card accounts, compared to 33 percent in 2008.

Interestingly, the report finds that “millennials” (consumers aged 18-24) take nearly twice as long as other age groups to detect fraud. They are less likely to monitor accounts - but more likely to respond to fraud, once detected, by switching banks or forms of payment.

The report concludes that increasing identity theft fraud is driven by the current economy and a global, sophisticated criminal enterprise that focuses on this area. It advises consumers to be vigilant about safeguarding their personal information online and offline. Recommendations include the following:

  • Change passwords regularly
  • Do not share passwords or account information
  • Monitor account statements and credit reports
  • Use a shredder to dispose of account documents
  • Keep anti-virus software up to date
  • Use discretion when sharing information online, including use of mobile devices.

A brief overview of the survey, including key findings and safety tips, can be viewed at


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