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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, March 14, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 25

Links Can Be Deceiving

For years, security experts have advised caution when opening email attachments. Now, clicking on website links in email poses an equally big threat. You can’t be sure where a link will take you.

It is often difficult to tell whether a link is "trustworthy". In general, exercise caution, but consider factors such as:

  • Do you know the sender? Generally, you should be able to trust content from people you know more than from people you do not (though there are exceptions!).

  • Is the message of a type you would expect from the sender? Email could be forged to appear to come from an acquaintance and contain links that will trick your web browser into downloading harmful viruses or worms.

  • Is the sender likely to understand the risks of unknown links? Some friends or colleagues may send links they know little about, raising again concern about downloading a worm or causing other problems.

If you use instant messaging, the same advice applies. During the 2005 holiday season, tens of thousands of computers were infected by a worm disguised as a greeting card appearing to come from an AOL Instant Messenger buddy.


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