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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 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

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 14

Is it Safe to Visit This Website?

Google reported in May, 2007, that ten percent of websites are infected with malicious software that could result in a userís personal information being stolen. Sometimes, simply visiting an infected site, without even clicking links, will compromise your computer. How can you tell a safe site from an unsafe site?

For starters, avoid sites that offer celebrity photos, screensaver wallpaper, adult photos or movies, or free or pirated computer games, movies, or music. A 2005 study by researchers at the University of Washington found that between 7% and 20% of such sites will infect visitorsí computers with harmful malicious software.

Donít click on website ads. Antivirus software vendor McAfee reports that in 2007, 6.9% of sponsored links on the web point to malicious software. Most large website operators sub-syndicate their advertising space to ad agencies who in turn syndicate the space to still other agencies. So website operators often have little or no control over whether malicious software finds its way into ads that they host. In the past two years Google, MySpace, and, more recently, websites of The Economist, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball hosted ads harboring malicious software.

Next week: Facebook, MySpace and YouTube Raise New Computer Security Risks

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