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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)

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
Security Starts With You


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 9

Protecting Information on Your Smartphone

Global smartphone shipments are expected to reach 462 million units in 2011, an increase of 60% over the 288 million shipped in 2010. Many of us use these devices to help conduct both our work and personal business in efficient and convenient ways. However, as usage of smartphones grows, so do concerns about the privacy and security of the data on those devices. According to a recent survey, more than one third of all smartphone users are concerned about harmful apps, malicious emails, and the potential for user location tracking.

There are steps you can take to help protect yourself against smartphone privacy and security risks, including the following:

  • Become familiar with the features of your smartphone and use its built-in security components. Keep the security features up to date.
  • Only download applications from trusted sources. Check available information regarding the app developer, not just the site or carrier where the app is available.
  • According to one source, most malware found on phones comes from hackers taking a popular app, adding malicious code and distributing it for free. Be sure to download only official versions.
  • Download updates for trusted apps regularly, especially banking and payment apps.
  • Pay attention to requests (in the form of pop-ups or dialog boxes, for example) that ask for your approval to change permissions settings, and only allow access for trusted apps.
  • Turn off your wi-fi and Bluetooth functions when you are not using them, as these are two possible ways to gain access to your phone.
  • Back up important data to a desktop, laptop or other computer.
  • Check your billing information every month to see whether there are unrecognized numbers; if so, this could be an indication that malware has been installed on your phone.
For additional useful information see a recent Computerworld article at www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218163/Smartphone_apps_Is_your_privacy_protected

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