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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 17, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 18

Beware of Dangerous Free Software

What you see isn’t always what you get. Recently, dangerous programs have been widely distributed in the form of free Internet accelerator tools and search engine toolbar plug-ins. One example is MarketScore, which claims to provide a free tool to speed up your Internet connection (though independent experts have not observed any appreciable speed improvement with its use). Its real purpose is to collect and sell information on Internet usage patterns. Once you sign up, all your web connections are monitored and analyzed by MarketScore. As a result, MarketScore can potentially gain access to your usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, PINs, bank and purchase transactions, and other confidential information.

Unfortunately, MarketScore is just one example of risky free software. While there’s also some very valuable, free open-source software available, it’s usually a bad idea to install free utilities and programs that you don't know enough about. Before installing a free tool or program, always check with your Local Support Provider.

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