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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 Yearís 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, December 18, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 16

Stay Secure while Working on Public Wi-Fi Networks

During the holidays, many of us will travel and find ourselves connecting to web-hosted services in public locations such as coffee shops, hotel lobbies, and airport terminals. Public Wi-Fi networks seldom offer the level of security and protection provided by institutional networks like AirPennNet.

Using unsecured networks can put you and your information at grave risk. Various programs can allow criminals to capture and reassemble the webpages you are viewing and files you transfer.

When you must conduct sensitive business on a public Wi_Fi network:

  • Make sure any website you login to and any services you set up on your laptop or phone (like email), is secured with SSL encryption. If a website connection is secured, its address will begin with "https://" instead of just "http://", and you should see a padlock or other indicator somewhere on the browser screen (usually in the lower right hand corner) showing SSL encryption is in use.
  • Position yourself and your device in a way that prevents individuals in close proximity to you from seeing your screen and keyboard.
  • Be aware that many popular sites like Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo still don't fully use SSL encryption.
Donít let your year come to a close on a sour note. Exercise caution and follow these simple steps while working away from home to have a safe, happy, and secure holiday season.


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