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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, January 10, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 17

Has Your Document Sprung a Leak?

Electronic documents (e.g., Word, Excel, Adobe) may store hidden information, known as metadata, that you had no intention of sharing, such as prior revisions, deleted text, author and reviewer name(s), etc. Metadata is very useful for editing, viewing, filing, and retrieving documents. However, its disclosure to inappropriate parties can have adverse consequences.

On Dec 4, 2005, the New York Times ran an article tracing the authorship of a publicly available White House document on Iraq to a Duke University political scientist who has closely studied public opinion about the war. The revelation undercut the President's oft-stated aversion to polls. The Times identified the document’s true author by downloading the document from the White House website and viewing the metadata.

In October 2005, the United Nations released a report on the investigation into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The document’s metadata showed that substantial revisions had been made, including deletion of the names of persons closely tied to the Syrian government.

To learn how to remove metadata from electronic documents before sharing them, see:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010776461033.aspx

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