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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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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
Security Starts With You
New Regulatory Changes: Do They Apply to Your Area?


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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 20

Privacy of Social Security Numbers

Have you done your SSN spring cleaning? Social Security numbers have long been used by financial services, health care, and educational organizations to identify people. In recent years, the use of SSNs has become much more problematic, as they are often used to commit identity theft. Because of this risk, it’s important that we at Penn do our best to limit the use and storage of SSNs:

  • Check computers, file cabinets, and folders to eliminate any unnecessary storage of SSNs.
  • Shred unneeded documents containing SSNs.
  • Remove requests for SSNs from forms.
  • Limit access to SSNs to workers who legitimately require access to the data. If you have a system that utilizes SSNs but can use Penn ID instead, make that conversion. For help, contact privacy@pobox.upenn.edu.

For more on SSNs, go to http://www.upenn.edu/privacy.

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