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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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39 things tagged with privacy.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Lot
Search Engines: Raising the Stakes
PennKey Opens Many Doors: Keep it Safe
Collect Personal Documents and Computer Hard Drives for Free Shredding at the Employee Resource Fair
Do You Google? Know How to Protect Your Privacy
Sanitize Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Docs Before Publishing
Facebook Sharing Can Be Broader than You Think: A Birthday Example
Managing Facebook's Privacy Settings for Safe Use
Be Careful with Facebook Apps
Smart Steps When Accessing Your W-2 Online
New Online Training: Information Privacy and Security at Penn
New List of Privacy and Security Resources
Several Types of Risks in Email
Conducting an Online Survey? Be Sure You Know Who Can Access the Results
Computrace Best Practices
SSN Policy Reminder–Comply, or Have Compliance Plan, by May 1, 2008
A Privacy-Sensitive Environment: A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way
Quality Assure: Who is Getting Your E-Mail
Electronic Group Mailing Lists: Consider the Privacy Risks
“Phishing” and “Domain Tasting”
Website Privacy Statements
Your Life Online
Legal Requirements for Penn Data
SSN Cleanup Tools: Use Them and Protect the Penn Community
Run A Security/Privacy Check On New and Ugraded Systems and Applications
Want More Control Over Info? Look For Opportunities
Student Records: Knowing the Basics
What Keeps You Up At Night?
Who Has Access To Systems?...Think About It!
Carelessness With Consequences
Find Out If Google Got Your Data - Before the Bad Guys Do
Keep Your Private Data from Showing Up On Google
The Panoptic Web
The Best Way to Protect Data Is Not to Have It
Your PennKey and All the Reasons to Keep It Private
Google Desktop: A Security and Privacy Risk
Do Not Download Sensitive Data Unless You Absolutely Have To
Privacy of Student Records
Your Life Online

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2009-12-08 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 14

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Lot

You may be among the many who will purchase a laptop computer to give as a present this holiday season. These devices offer considerable -- and increasing -- convenience, but can also be lost or stolen with relative ease. You can add to the lasting value of your gift by reminding the lucky recipient about these basic safety tips for laptop owners:

  • Never leave your laptop unattended.
  • Don't leave your laptop visible on the seat in your vehicle.
  • Make sure that the data stored on your laptop is backed up. The cost of replacing a lost or stolen laptop is considerable, but looks small in comparison to the cost of losing months or years of work.
  • Avoid storing sensitive personal information on the laptop unless you encrypt the information.
  • Consider installing Computrace software, or another similar product, on the device. Computrace enables tracking the location of a lost or stolen laptop by causing it to "call in" via the Internet. With assistance from law enforcement officials, the information "called in" can often be used to locate the device. In addition, Computrace software can enable remote wiping of sensitive data if a device is lost or stolen.

Of course, these tips are equally valuable if you’re buying the laptop as a gift for yourself!


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