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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, September 5, 2006 - Almanac Vol. 53, No. 2

Welcome back to One Step Ahead, the weekly series of tips on important security and privacy issues and behaviors initiated last year by the Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy. A new set of tips begins in the next issue of Almanac. In the meantime, here’s a brief refresher on a handful of the most important topics covered last spring:

  • Beware of free software - it might contain code that monitors your web activities.
  • Limit the use and storage of SSNs on computers and in documents or forms.
  • Be careful of what you post online, to discussion boards, blogs, or networking sites. The postings may come back to haunt you in the future.
  • Don’t click on unknown website links in email - you could end up downloading a harmful worm or virus.
  • Never save passwords in your web browser - anyone using your computer could gain access to private information, or your passwords could be stolen by a worm or virus.
  • Don’t download sensitive data to a laptop or unsecured desktop unless it’s absolutely necessary. And if you must, your LSP can advise you on how to secure the data, secure the computer, and delete the data securely when you’re done with it.
For additional tips, see the One Step Ahead link on the Information Security website: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/.
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