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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, January 11, 2011 - Almanac Vol. 57, No. 17

Tips to Help Defend Against Phishing

Recently we have seen a rise in phishing attacks and other scams intended to capture sensitive information and/or distribute malware. The University of Pennsylvania is seeing an increase in targeted phishing attacks.

As a reminder, "phishing" refers to fraudulent e-mails that appear to be legitimate messages from Penn or an outside institution. Phishing e-mails ask you for your user-name, password, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information, or direct you to a website, in hopes of capturing your credentials.

Below are some tips to help you identify these scams and avoid disclosing personal or private information:

  1. No organization at Penn will ever ask you for your username and password via e-mail. If you get an e-mail asking for this information, assume it is a scam and do not respond.
  2. Always check the "FROM" address of a message that solicits information or prompts you to login, to see if it originated from a foreign or otherwise illogical address. For example, the latest round of Penn-directed phishing attacks came from a sender whose address ended in "" ("de" is Germany).
  3. Double-check the URL of any websites you are being told to click on in e-mail messages, especially if once directed there, you are asked to login. We recommend typing any URLs directly in to your browser rather than clicking on links. On a related note, be suspicious of URLs that take you to locations that don't make sense (such as a website that claims to be associated with Penn, but ends in .com, .org, .net, etc.)
  4. The Office of Information Security attempts to catalogue Penn-specific phishing attempts at This list can help you quickly and confidently identify a scam.
  5. When in doubt, don't respond to the e-mail—instead, contact your Local Support Provider (LSP) for assistance.

If you believe you have mistakenly clicked on a link or otherwise disclosed private information in a phishing attack, immediately change your e-mail and PennKey passwords, contact your LSP, and notify Penn's Information Security office by e-mailing


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