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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 20, 2011 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 16

Strategies and Services to Insure Against Data Loss

A 2003 study from Pepperdine University showed that almost three quarters of all data loss is the result of hardware failure and human error. In a moment, research, photographs, spreadsheets, documents, e-mail - anything and everything stored on your computer - can be lost if your hard drive fails or you lose your laptop. The moral: back up your data! Regular backups to a separate device are the only insurance you can have against any form of data loss.

Users should talk to their Local Support Providers (LSPs) to find out what options are recommended and available locally for backing up Penn data.

In addition, ISC now has available a for-fee service called Secure Remote Backup, for backing up desktops and laptops. This easy-to-use service lets you define exactly what you want to back up and determine a convenient schedule for running your backups. All data are compressed and encrypted before being sent to two separate repositories, which maintain copies of the backups. Information is at

Although not typically providing the protection of encryption, other backup options include connecting an external hard drive to your computer and scheduling regular backups through your OS software. A USB key can also be used to back up data, but it is important to keep in mind how easily these small devices can be lost.

The unfortunate truth is that drives do fail and laptops do get lost. Protect yourself and Penn data by working proactively and backing up regularly.


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