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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, November 19, 2013 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 14

Beware of Phishing Emails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Phishing attacks solicit personal information by posing as trustworthy organizations in emails or websites. They tend to proliferate after events that lead to increased charitable contributions like typhoons and floods.

To avoid becoming a victim, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team recommends that you:

  • never reveal personal or financial information in an email
  • never respond to email solicitations for such information
  • avoid following links sent in email
  • never send sensitive information before checking a website’s security and confirming the legitimacy of the URL. Malicious websites may look identical to legitimate ones, but the URL may use a different spelling or domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).

If you believe you disclosed confidential information, report it to the appropriate people within the legitimate organization that was "faked" in the phishing email. Work with your financial institutions if you believe your financial accounts have been compromised, monitor charges to your account and change passwords you might have revealed. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, change them to use different passwords for different accounts. You can contact your LSP for assistance.

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