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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, May 8, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 58, No. 33

Working Off Campus? Some Tips to Consider

As the summer approaches, many faculty and staff find themselves working away from campus more often than during the academic year. While you are away from campus - whether at home or on the road - keep in mind that the Penn data you are working with is only as secure as the machine and the network you are working on.

Make sure you are working on a computer that has software with up-to-date security patches, the firewall setting turned on, and antivirus software installed. If you don't keep your computer's software up-to-date, you run a high risk of having your computer compromised.

Protect University data by using a dedicated computer that no one else uses. If that's not possible, use Remote Desktop to reach your campus computer, or create a separate user account and data storage area on the hard drive that will be reserved for your Penn work.

On the road, don't use unsecured wireless hot spots at hotels, airports, coffee shops or other public areas. On these networks, malicious users can potentially access your email and web data as it is delivered to your computer (depending on your applications settings).

Be especially careful about what data you store on portable devices, like laptops, USB drives and smartphones. These are more easily lost and stolen and may require extra protections, like encryption or remote file deletion.

Talk to your Local Support Provider about the best working-off-campus solutions for you. For more tips and information see


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