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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 20, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 23

Unprotected computers can  be "stashes" for illegal material

One of the "hot button" topics in computing over the last several years has been the widespread downloading and sharing of digital media - music, movies, television, games, application software and more. At Penn, as at our peer institutions, there are incidents of copyrighted material being made publicly available on Penn computers, intentionally violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and University policy. As a research  institution that creates new  knowledge, we are especially sensitive to the obligations of honoring all intellectual property rights. Penn students and employees found to be violating copyright are subject to disciplinary measures in addition to the possibility of legal action by the copyright holders.

There are occasions, however, when the computer in question has been compromised by means of virus infection or other exploit and is being used to "stash" the infringing and/or illegal material without the knowledge of the computer’s owner. If you receive a notice of copyright violation relating to a computer that you use that is attached to PennNet, and you believe that you are not intentionally sharing copyrighted material, you should contact your Local Support Provider (LSP) immediately and request that your computer be evaluated for signs of compromise or other security-related issues. The vast majority of Penn users do, of course, respect copyrights and do not illegally download and share material, but avoiding this situation is yet another reason to make sure that your computer is running anti-virus software that is regularly updated, has a personal firewall installed and in use, and that all operating system patches and upgrades are applied in a timely fashion. For information on how to do this, contact your LSP.

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