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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, November 21, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 13

About keystroke loggers

Security experts often warn against "shoulder surfers" who peek at your screen and watch your fingers as you type in order to steal passwords and other sensitive information, but those prying eyes aren’t necessarily right behind you - they can be almost literally "inside" your computer. Keystroke loggers can record everything you type, as well as your mouse movements and clicks, and transmit them secretly to one or more spies anywhere on the Internet.

These are sometimes physical devices installed on your computer while you"re away from it, sometimes they are software programs, and in some cases a combination of both. Physical keystroke loggers often are devices inserted inline between your keyboard connector and computer, while software-based loggers are often installed by viruses, "spyware", "adware", and various "free" software packages like toolbars, "accelerators",etc.

What to do? The use of personal firewalls, anti-virus software (available via site license to most Penn users at and spyware removal tools helps detect and protect against unwanted loggers, and of course, don’t open unknown and/or unsolicited e-mail attachments. Be very careful about the software you download and install and the source it comes from, especially in the case of "free" programs. Also, take some time to familiarize yourself with the devices connected to your computer, what functions they perform, and be alert to any unexplained changes or additions.


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