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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 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

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Almanac Vol. 54, No. 23

Quality Assure: Who is Getting Your E-Mail

Before sending an e-mail message, be sure to look beyond the body of the message. More and more privacy intrusions are occurring based on improperly addressed e-mail messages. The problem can often be exacerbated by e-mail programs that “recognize” the recipient after only a few letters of the name are typed and e-mail listservs that have similar names to one another. And, it is often too easy to hit the “Reply to All” button when you actually meant to reply only to the sender.

A recent example makes the point quite clearly. The news that highly confidential settlement talks were taking place between Eli Lilly Co. and the federal government was not “leaked” but rather unwittingly disclosed to a New York Times reporter whose name was similar to the name of an attorney working on the case. The New York Times reporter received an e-mail spelling out the details of the settlement from an attorney from a firm representing Eli Lilly—that message was intended for co-counsel at another law firm.

This problem and related ones can be avoided by taking an extra few seconds to “QA” or quality assure that your e-mail is being directed to the individual(s) you intend it for. A little extra caution can help avoid a lot of grief.


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