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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, December 21, 2010 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 16

E-Mail Tips

When sending an announcement via e-mail, it can be difficult to make sure recipients will recognize it as a legitimate communication from your office, and not as a forgery, scam, or phishing attempt. Here are some steps you can take to make sure recipients recognize your e-mail message as legitimate:

  • Provide contact information (other than an e-mail address) that recipients can use to verify legitimacy, e.g., sender's name as it appears in the Online Directory and campus phone number.
  • Don't send any sensitive information, e.g. passwords, in e-mail. Such information should be communicated using other, more secure channels.
  • Include only Penn ( e-mail addresses and web sites in the e-mail.
  • Whenever possible, avoid sending a website link at all, particularly if you need the recipient to go to the site to log in or provide personal information. Instead, recommend that they visit your site X (by using a bookmark or your known website address) and click on the link for Y.

For more information, contact ISC Information Security ( For technical assistance, contact your Local Support Provider.


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