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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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25 things tagged with security.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth A Lot
You Can't Lose Data That You Don't Have
Password Cracking: The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
PennKey Opens Many Doors: Keep it Safe
Donít Use Excessive Privileges on Your Computer
Online Statements and Bill Payments: Safer Than Paper?
Exchange Sensitive Data Securely Using Secure Share
Instant Messaging and Penn"s Jabber Service
Reminder: Stay Vigilant About Identity Theft!
Credit Card Theft: "Skimming"
Beware of Phishing Scams Tied to Changes in the Financial Marketplace
A Reminder About Free Wireless Networks
New Online Training: Information Privacy and Security at Penn
New List of Privacy and Security Resources
New Policy: Managing and Protecting PDA
Secure Deletion of Sensitive Information
Risks of End User Software Development
Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft
Know What To Do if A Computer Security Incident Happens to You
Computer Worm’s Many Disguises
Run A Security/Privacy Check On New and Ugraded Systems and Applications
When Is a PC File Truly Deleted?
Securing Your Home Wireless Network
Security Patches/Updates: Usually Automatic, But Restart Weekly To Be Sure
Make Your Home Wireless Network Secure


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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 youíre buying the laptop as a gift for yourself!

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