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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)

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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 8

Beware of Malicious Invitations

Social and business networking sites have become part of many usersí everyday computing experience. Websites like Facebook and LinkedIn allow you to easily stay up to date with a large number of peers and colleagues.

Unfortunately, the popularity of these sites also make them a desirable target for scammers. A recent example includes a fake LinkedIn invitation, indistinguishable on the surface from a real invitation, except that hovering over the web links in the message shows that the unsuspecting victim would be taken to a website that was not Clicking on the link causes malicious software that collects personal information such as banking credentials to be installed in the userís browser.

So what can you do? First off, disregard invitations from people that you donít know. Second, rather than click through to your social or business networking site from your e-mail, open your browser and type in the address yourself. If itís a valid invitation it will be waiting for you when you log in. Lastly, be wary of any suspicious links delivered via these services. Angelina Jolie wants to be your friend? Someone claiming to forward an embarrassing video taken of you that you need to click on NOW? If you take a moment to think about it, these seem pretty unlikely. When in doubt Ė ask! It pays to check with the friend or colleague first to make sure they actually sent you the picture, video, or attachment that you are about to open. Your Local Support Provider can also help, as theyíve likely seen similar scams before.


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