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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 Yearís 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, October 31, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 10

Find out if Google’s got your data before the bad guys do

Hackers use Google extensively to find private data on the web. You can preempt theft of your data by using the same tools the bad guys use.

Use search engines regularly to search for any private data that might have been mistakenly exposed. Because you’ll be searching computers throughout the world, you’ll need to limit your search somehow to avoid getting a lot of "false positives". To limit your search to just Penn, type the following in front of your search terms: Or to limit your search to a particular server, such as the Penn Humanities web server,

Search for terms like "confidential", "private", "meeting minutes", employee names or cell phone numbers. Before searching for especially sensitive data like Social Security or credit card numbers, consider that any search terms you type will go out over the open Internet, and are subject to snooping, so use good judgment. For an excellent article on Googling yourself to protect your privacy, see

If you are unlucky enough to have sensitive data indexed, simply removing it from your computer is often not enough. Google, the Internet Archive, and other sites often keep a cache, or copy, of your data on their sites, and you will need to work with them to get it removed. For help removing cached data, contact Penn Information Security at

Finally, if you should find another Penn organizationís private data, please contact


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