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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 15, 2014 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 30

Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers

International travel introduces new risks to your data and devices. Below are a few key tips to keep you safe while going global.

Before You Go

  • Identify your Local Support Provider (LSP), and let them know you will be traveling.
  • Ask your LSP if a sanitized "loaner" computer is available. If not, work with them to conduct a full backup of your system and all its data. Also ask your LSP to confirm that all software is up to date and appropriate security tools (such as disk/device encryption, password locking, location services and remote wiping) are functional.
  • Avoid taking sensitive data unless absolutely necessary.
  • Encrypt data if it is essential that you take it with you. Users intending to travel to Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Iran or Iraq should contact the Office of Research Services for assistance before exporting Penn-owned equipment.
  • Be sensitive to local privacy laws. Contact the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy ( for advice regarding the applicability of international privacy regulations if you will be working with other people's personally identifiable data.

While You're Away

  • Select WiFi connections that encrypt traffic, are restricted with a password and are provided by a trusted source (University, colleague, hotel, etc.) whenever possible. Use encrypted services whenever in doubt (e.g., HTTPS over HTTP) when web-browsing.
  • Avoid accessing sensitive websites from public computers, such as at Internet cafes, as their security is highly unreliable.
  • Keep mobile devices on your person or in a locked safe whenever possible. If your device is stolen, notify your LSP immediately. See Penn's Top 10 Security Tips for Smartphones & Tablets for other key measures:

When You Return

  • Work with your LSP to securely transfer any data, and scan your system for malware.
  • Consider changing any passwords (e.g., your PennKey) that were used while you were abroad.
  • Please note that some software and data may be subject to Export Control Regulations. See
  • Contact your Local Support Provider (LSP) or ISC Information Security at for additional assistance. Safe travels.

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