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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 13, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 25

Secure Web browsing: three important signs

The chances are good that you conduct sensitive transactions online. Whether you’re buying a book, submitting sensitive customer data at work, or doing online banking at home, the web is an essential part of doing business. Here are three things to look for when transmitting sensitive data online:

1. Check for the "S":Look for https:// in the address bar of your web browser and a picture of a lock in one corner of your browser window when doing online transactions (credit card purchases, banking, submitting sensitive data, etc.).  These indicate that the session is encrypted. If you are doing an online transaction and the "https" and lock aren’t there, your data may be at risk.

2.Don’t ignore the signs: When confronted with an error page or pop-up box that warns you of a problem, don’t be in such a hurry to skip it. More often than not, the error or caution message is letting you know about a legitimate problem.  Before you click "Ignore" or "Continue to this website," stop and reconsider. Have you ever visited this site before?  Are you sure the site is what it claims to be?  Do you have to do this transaction immediately, or can you wait 24 hours and try again?

3.A picture is worth a thousand words: Many financial institutions are putting more stringent authentication practices in place, including having a personalized image, phrase, or both displayed to a user at login.  If you have an account that uses this technique, be on the look out for it every time you log in.  If something changes, stop the transaction and contact the institution.

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