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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 27, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 24

Securing data on your handheld computer

Handheld computers comprise a broad class of devices including BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Palm Smartphone, as well as traditional PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). As these devices can contain lots of personally sensitive information, it is a good idea to make sure that they are protected from prying eyes as much as possible. In the event one of these devices is lost or stolen, the following short list of recommendations will help ensure that your data is protected, and is accessible by you:

  • If your device has a power-on password feature, you should use it. This basic security is more intrusive on some devices than others. Our recommendation is to try the built-in password screen on your device and see if it is usable for your specific needs.  Make sure that you use a strong password that is hard to guess.  For password creation tips, please see:
  • PDAs are particularly vulnerable to damage or loss and should be backed up regularly. The definition of an appropriate backup depends heavily on the workflow of the user; there is no global recommendation to be made here. For some users the vendor-supplied desktop sync package will be sufficient. Other users may require whole-device backup packages such as SPBBackup or BackupBuddy.
  • When performing backups to a flash memory card in your device, remember that these backups only protect you against damage to the device; if the device is lost or stolen, the memory card, along with the backups, goes with it.

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