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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)

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
Security Starts With You


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 33

Protecting Yourself from Rogue AntiVirus Warning Scams

You're cruising the Internet when a window titled "Win7 Internet Security 2012" pops up warning you of several viruses on your computer. Another official looking window indicates your AntiVirus (AV) software is not enabled and you're encouraged to purchase the AV software that detected the "infection."

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, these types of scams, designed to scare you into buying and installing fake antivirus products, are all too common. If you fall for this, not only will you waste your money on a bogus product, you may also be putting your data and your computer at risk of an actual virus.

We recommend the following:

  1. Take steps to stop these rogue AV programs from ever getting to your computer.
    • Ensure your computer's operating system software is set to automatically download and install updates to keep your system up-to-date with security fixes.
    • Make sure your operating system's firewall is turned on.
    • Install Penn's supported AV Software, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). It's free—for both your work and personal machines—and it guards your computer against a host of viruses and malware. You can download it at: www.upenn.edu/computing/product/
  2. Know how to differentiate an illegitimate antivirus program from a legitimate one. Many fake AV scams will send repeated messages for additional payments to stay up to date. With SEP for example, once you install the software, it automatically updates, without any need for payment.
  3. In the event you find your machine is infected, contact your Local Support Provider (LSP). Your LSP may use Windows Defender or another reputable malware removal tool like Malwarebytes to scan for and remove rogue software.

Rogue AV Software can be a nuisance, a waste, and in some cases dangerous to your computer and your data. It only takes a few simple steps to stay safe. Stay 'One Step Ahead' as you navigate the information super highway.

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