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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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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 9, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 28

Spring Cleaning Your Office? Know What to Do with E-Waste

When spring arrives at last, many of us feel inspired to make a fresh start by doing extra cleaning in our homes and offices. In our work environment, this may include identifying old computer equipment or other aging electronics that we no longer need. It is important to remember that such "e-waste" contains heavy metals and toxic materials that can seep into the water supply or poison the ground if not disposed of properly. However, all of these materials can be contained, and most can be reused if handled appropriately.

  • First, make sure that all data is securely wiped from your hard drive before sending computers to be donated or recycled. More information about secure deletion strategies is available on Penn's Information Security website. Ask your LSP for assistance if needed.
  • Choose a reputable e-waste recycler, like Elemental, who will make sure the devices are disposed of properly. Penn's Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) has researched Elemental's recycling practices thoroughly.
  • Donate older but still usable equipment to give your computer a second life. Donations may be arranged through Communitech, a Penn student organization which supplies surrounding neighborhoods with computer and technology information.
  • Use vendor recycling programs. Programs are available through Dell, Apple and HP.
  • Participate in City of Philadelphia hazardous waste collection days so that your computer and other electronics will be disposed of properly and will not end up in general landfills.

For more information about Green IT visit the following websites:


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