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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)

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
Security Starts With You


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Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 52, No. 32

Laptop Theft

UPPD CrimeStats published in Almanac routinely report laptop thefts from on campus. The cost of replacing a stolen laptop is considerable, but looks small in comparison to the cost of losing months or years of work. Stolen laptops also pose a serious threat to privacy when they contain sensitive information like SSNs, medical records, or student information. To keep your laptop safe:

  • Keep your belongings in sight and never leave your laptop unattended.
  • Don’t leave your laptop visible on the seat in your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave a meeting or conference without your laptop.
  • Make sure your laptop data are backed up.
  • Finally, consider purchasing Computrace software from the Office of Software Licensing (departmental purchases) or Penn Computer Connection (individual purchases). Computrace is a recovery service that enables law enforcement to recover stolen laptops. If a computer with Computrace installed is reported stolen, the software contacts a monitoring center as soon as the computer is attached to the Internet, and reports its location.  The Computrace vendor tracks the location and works with local law enforcement to recover and return your laptop to you.
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