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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 Yearís 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, July 17, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 1

Bogus Warnings About Viruses and Spyware

In a December, 2006 report, Microsoft warned about an increase in offers for "rogue security software" that tries to trick unsuspecting victims into downloading harmful, malicious software. The offers come in the form of website popup windows with false warning messages like:

Warning! 1 Threat Found
Your Computer is Infected!
Security Warning! Serious Security Threat Detected
Windows has detected spyware infection!

At the bottom of the window are buttons to click with labels like:

Click here to protect your computer

When the user clicks to accept the offer, malicious software is installed that allows stealth, unauthorized access to your computer.

Some of the popup windows include a button labeled "Cancel" or "Continue unprotected." Others display an "X" in an upper corner.† Ordinarily, clicking either "Cancel" or the "X" on a popup window would close it. However, it is best not to click anywhere on these malicious popup windows. Instead, just quit and restart your web browser.

If your computer becomes infected with a known computer virus, your anti-virus (A/V) software will display an appropriate notification. If you use Pennís licensed A/V software, the window will be labeled either "Norton Antivirus Notification" (Mac) or "Symantec Antivirus Notification" (PC), and will contain information about the virus name, type, file location, and an indication of whether the virus was removed or quarantined. If you believe your computer may have been infected with a virus, or some other malicious software, contact your local computing support provider.

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