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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)

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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 23

Mobile Device Security - 3 Recommendations for Cloud Users (Hint: That's You!)

Thanks to the cloud, you can leverage sophisticated computing resources (like huge backup volumes, powerful document collaboration tools and unlimited email storage) over the internet with a click of a mouse. And because of inexpensive and ubiquitous mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, you can access many of these resources anytime, from anywhere. While it's a huge leap forward for productivity, this combination also introduces new risks. Here are three recommendations of features to implement when combining "Cloud" and "Mobility" (note, only do these after you've backed up your device):

  1. PIN or Password - At a minimum, require a four digit passcode to access your device. 80% of lost phones show signs of snooping by the person that found them - and not just the owner's contacts, but files and emails too.
  2. Passcode Lock - Automatically lock the device and require the PIN to be re-entered after 5 minutes of inactivity. (Make sure that your phone still allows you to make 911 calls when locked!)
  3. Auto-wipe - After 10 failed passcode entries, the device should "wipe" (erase) all of the data it contains.

You can typically enable these features in the "settings" area of your phone. Of course, if you're able to let Penn "manage" your device with ActiveSync, these features are automatically in place. Ask your Local Support Provider for more details about that service.

For more tips for securing your mobile device see: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/checklists/Top10/Top_10_Tips_for_Smartphones.php

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