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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)

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, March 28, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 27

Make Your Home Wireless Network Secure

The affordability and ease of use of basic wireless access points (WAPs) has prompted many Penn users to set up "hot spots" at home.


  • On each WAP you use, change the default administrator password to a strong password.

  • Change the default SSID, or "name" of each WAP to a unique name of your own choosing.

  • Disable broadcasting of your network name (SSID) to make your network less visible to unauthorized users.

  • Enable and require the strongest encryption that your WAPs offer - usually 128-bit Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP). This will encrypt all traffic traveling across your wireless network.

  • Regularly check for, and install, updated versions of the firmware for your WAPs and software drivers for your wireless Ethernet adapters.

  • Enable and require MAC (Media Access Control) address filtering on each WAP. This will let you specify which individual computers may access the WAP, identified by the unique MAC addresses associated with their Ethernet adapters.

Follow these instructions for locating MAC addresses:


Macintosh
1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
2. From the Show menu, select AirPort.
3. Click the AirPort tab. The AirPort’s MAC address is displayed at bottom.

Windows
1. Open your Control Panel from the Start Menu
2. Click on Network and Internet Connections
3. Click Network Connections
4. Right-click on your Wireless Network Connection and select Status
5. Select the Support Tab
6. Click on the Details Button
7. Your MAC address, also known as physical address, will be listed

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