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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, September 21, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 4

Protecting Home Computers

One of the most common reasons that computers get hacked is because of outdated software. On-campus, your Local Support Provider (LSP) keeps your computer and software up-to-date for you. But how do you protect yourself at home? With the Supported Products website and Pennís PennConnect DVD, you can protect your personal computer at homeófor free!

Using outdated software leaves you vulnerable to a number of threats online, including malicious websites, email attachments and instant messages. Compromise can mean viruses, worms, trojans, adware and spyware that can result in stolen credentials, your private web browsing habits being exposed, frequent pop-up windows, and a sluggish computeróto name just a few symptoms! When you use the most current software, your computer is much less likely to get hacked.

At home, you should enable auto-updating for your operating system and all your applications whenever possible.You should also use the anti-virus software that Penn makes available to you for free. You can download the anti-virus software from the Supported Products web site at www.upenn.edu/computing/product. Or you can get the same software from your copy of the cross-platform Penn Connect DVD-ROM, available for pick up at the Computing Resource Center, Suite 202 Sansom West, at 3650 Chestnut Street.

In addition to anti-virus, other recommended networking and security software clients such as IM, FTP, AirPennNet and more, are available for download from the Supported Products page. Visit www.upenn.edu/computing/product annually for the latest downloads.

For information about Pennís recommended applications, contact your LSP.

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