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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, March 27, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 27

Keeping Data Safe on Mobile Devices

Mobile devices effectively let us take our living rooms and offices everywhere we go. Here are three steps, beyond just requiring a passcode, that help keep your data safe in case your device is lost or stolen. These instructions are for iOS (used on iPhone/iPad) and many Android devices, but other platforms like BlackBerrys and Windows Phone 7 are similar:

  1. Adjust the lock timeout to less than 60 minutes. Most lost or stolen devices are grabbed within minutes of the last usage, so reducing the passcode lock interval is wise.
    • iOS: Settings, General, Auto-Lock. Set it to 10 minutes or less.
    • Android: Settings, Security, Automatically lock. Set it to under 10 minutes or immediately at screen blank.

  2. Configure your device to wipe after 10 failed passcode attempts. This will securely wipe your information after the 10th failed unlock attempt:
    • iOS: Settings, General, Passcode Lock. Set "Erase Data" to "On".
    • Android: This setting is unavailable to individuals, but may be configured as part of a security profile set up by your school or center's email administrator.

  3. Keep Bluetooth off when not in use. Bluetooth is useful, but can be used to hijack phone calls and data if left on. This saves power, too!
    • iOS: Settings, General, Bluetooth. Set Bluetooth to "Off" when not in active use.
    • Android: Settings, Bluetooth. Toggle to "Off". The 'Power control' widget can toggle Bluetooth, Wifi, and more with one touch from the home screen.

By policy, items #1 and #2 may already be configured by your school or center if you access Penn email on your device. Talk to your LSP for additional details.

Following these three simple steps won't prevent you from losing your phone, but should give you some peace of mind related to your personal and Penn data if you do.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 27

Keeping Data Safe on Mobile Devices

Mobile devices effectively let us take our living rooms and offices everywhere we go. Here are three steps, beyond just requiring a passcode, that help keep your data safe in case your device is lost or stolen. These instructions are for iOS (used on iPhone/iPad) and many Android devices, but other platforms like BlackBerrys and Windows Phone 7 are similar:

  1. Adjust the lock timeout to less than 60 minutes. Most lost or stolen devices are grabbed within minutes of the last usage, so reducing the passcode lock interval is wise.
    • iOS: Settings, General, Auto-Lock. Set it to 10 minutes or less.
    • Android: Settings, Security, Automatically lock. Set it to under 10 minutes or immediately at screen blank.

  2. Configure your device to wipe after 10 failed passcode attempts. This will securely wipe your information after the 10th failed unlock attempt:
    • iOS: Settings, General, Passcode Lock. Set "Erase Data" to "On".
    • Android: This setting is unavailable to individuals, but may be configured as part of a security profile set up by your school or center's email administrator.

  3. Keep Bluetooth off when not in use. Bluetooth is useful, but can be used to hijack phone calls and data if left on. This saves power, too!
    • iOS: Settings, General, Bluetooth. Set Bluetooth to "Off" when not in active use.
    • Android: Settings, Bluetooth. Toggle to "Off". The 'Power control' widget can toggle Bluetooth, Wifi, and more with one touch from the home screen.

By policy, items #1 and #2 may already be configured by your school or center if you access Penn email on your device. Talk to your LSP for additional details.

Following these three simple steps won't prevent you from losing your phone, but should give you some peace of mind related to your personal and Penn data if you do.

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