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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, May 22, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 34

Spoofed PennKey sites can steal your password

A shadowy website in Chicago might have collected passwords from thousands of universities and businesses earlier this year. The site has been taken down, and there is no evidence that PennKey passwords were compromised, but similar rogue websites could pop up elsewhere in the future, so it is important to be alert for this scam. The rogue Chicago website spoofed login webpages. The spoofed PennKey site looked and functioned almost exactly like authentic PennKey login pages, with only two exceptions:

  • The web browser was clearly pointed at a non-Penn website,  with following URL appearing in the browser’s address field:
  • Anyone using the spoofed Chicago site was presented with, and had to have acknowledged, a warning about a possible security problem.

To protect your PennKey password, be alert:

  • Only enter your PennKey and password when your web browser is pointed at Penn websites such as,, If you have any doubt about the authenticity of the site, contact your Local Support Provider before entering your password.
  • Never enter your PennKey and password if your web browser displays warning messages about the site certificate. Example warning messages include:
    • "Website certified by an unknown authority."
    • "There is a problem with the site’s security certificate."
    • "It is possible, though unlikely, that someone may be trying to intercept communication with this website."
  • Be alert for email scams that try to trick you into visiting spoofed PennKey sites. They could come in the form of an official-looking announcement forged from a Penn office, warning you of a problem with your account. Such a scam would instruct you to click on a weblink to correct the alleged problem, but the link would take your web browser to a spoofed PennKey website and your password, if you entered it, would be stolen.

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