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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, March 18, 2014 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 26

If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support its Windows XP operating system (OS) after April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more updates or patches available for this OS, resulting in an immediate and serious risk to the security, reliability and compatibility of any computer running XP.

Penn estimates that there are currently 1,600 systems still running Windows XP on campus. Because of the risk of continuing to run XP, all 1,600 systems must be migrated or replaced before the April deadline. The risks of not transitioning to a new OS include exposure and/or loss of data, removal of network access, fines and reputational damage.

  • If you think you may have a computer that is still running XP, visit from that computer. This website will check your OS and tell you whether or not you need to take action.
  • If you determine that your computer is running XP, talk to your Local Support Provider (LSP) about options. The Computer Connection is stocking both discounted upgrades to the Windows 7 operating system as well as affordable new computers for those that need new equipment.

Time is running out and this transition should be done as soon as possible to help protect University data, the Penn network, and the critical applications and projects that depend on both.

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