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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, February 28, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 24

Does Your Email Sometimes Smell "Phishy"?

You may have read about phishing email scams that try to trick you into going to bogus websites and entering personal information like credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. This is one of the most common ways of committing identity theft.

In the past year, the attacks have become more personalized. In May 2005, several hundred people at Penn received e-mail forged to look like it came from the Penn Student Federal Credit Union, informing them that their account had been compromised. The email provided a web link, and advised recipients to go to the website and enter their account and password information. In fact, the email linked to a hacked website which was used to collect victims’ passwords. A similar hoax tried to trick Penn people into going to a hacked website to enter their PennKey and password.

You should maintain a healthy skepticism about email that asks you to go to websites to enter personal financial information or passwords. If you think a request may be legitimate, contact the sender directly at a published phone number or email address, not one included in the email.

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