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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, September 7, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 2

Fake Anti-Virus Alerts a Common Web Threat

As much as 15% of all malicious software on the web is currently related to fake anti-virus offerings (or “Fake AV”). Fake AV is malware or spyware posing as legitimate anti-virus software. Users encounter it when browsing the web, typically in the form of a pop-up window telling them their virus software is out of date and their computer is at risk. Believing the alert is real, users can be fooled into opening bad links, providing credit card information, or installing malicious programs. If you encounter a virus alert while surfing the web, simply close your browser and reopen it again. It is important not to click on anything or provide any personal information. If you think you’ve already been fooled or something installed automatically, contact your LSP for guidance about removal.

Remember, Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff do not need to purchase Antivirus protection for Penn-owned, or a personally-owned computer. Penn has site licensed this software for its constituents and it is available for download from


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