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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, February 6, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 21

Wipe cell phones and other wireless devices securely before disposal

As we all know, cell phones today are not just for having telephone conversations. You can surf the Internet, send and receive email and text messages, keep your calendar, manage contacts, shoot photos and videos and even listen to music. Along with all of those great features comes a potential risk that personal information could be available to strangers after your phone is sold or donated.

With the average life of a cell phone at about 1 1/2 years, most of us will go through several different phones a decade, so it is important to learn how to dispose of them properly, while protecting our personal privacy and avoiding other data breaches. The exact steps to securely wipe clean your old phone depend upon the model that you have. offers instructions for many different phones, PDAs, and smart phones. Palm has a unique method for their products that will allow you to overwrite your data with 1’s and O’s, ensuring your privacy. More information about Palm’s "zero-out" method can be found on their web site Contact your cell service provider for more information about your particular model and assistance.

Cell phones can have a productive second life after we’re finished with them, but making sure they are clean should be a priority before sending them out the door.


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