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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, April 10, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 29

The Virtue of Transparency

Ninety-nine years ago, Louis Brandeis published one of his most famous quotes: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." How does this relate to privacy today?

Many activities at Penn involve personal data and are regulated by federal or state law, but abiding by regulations is only part of protecting privacy. New technologies (like smartphones and cloud computing) and new services (like some courseware products), present new privacy issues that may not be covered by existing law. In such cases, consider the power and virtue of transparency.

For example, if recording class lectures or discussion groups, let attendees know in advance, and inform them what the recording will be used for and how publicly (or not) it will be shared. If the material is very sensitive, or the sharing is very public, attendees may voice their concern, which is good to know about and react to early on.

If social media or other information sharing platforms are used in teaching or other Penn functions, be transparent about how. You may get more enthusiasm, more candid participation and an overall better outcome.

Providing clear information in advance about matters that affect privacy can help both identify concerns early and garner more support. Being transparent may not be the only means of protecting privacy, but it is usually a great start.

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