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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, September 4, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 2

Top 10 Tips for Securing Your Smartphone or Tablet

"With great power, comes great responsibility." Many of us have more computing power in small, hand-held devices than we had in our desktops a generation ago. These amazing machines have proliferated in the last few years thanks to their relatively low cost and ability to deliver "anytime, anywhere" access to our email, data and applications. But their small size and desirability also make them highly susceptible to loss and theft, and their ground-breaking platforms and functions pose new challenges for security and privacy.

With this in mind, Information Systems and Computing (ISC) has developed the "Top 10" tips for securing your smartphone or tablet. These recommendations are easy to understand and implement on your own or with assistance from your Local Support Provider (LSP). Suggestions include:

  • Enabling a pin or password on your phone to prevent unauthorized access
  • Keeping your device's software up to date
  • Backing up your data and contacts
  • Using a device location service in case the phone is ever lost or stolen

You can review all ten tips for smartphones and tablets on ISC Information Security's website here:


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