Security and Privacy

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - April 29, 2014 - 12:00am
A vulnerability in OpenSSL, a cryptographic protocol used by many websites to secure web traffic, was disclosed on Monday evening, April 7, 2014. The so-called "Heartbleed" vulnerability has affected a large number of systems worldwide and can be exploited to expose the keys used to encrypt traffic from the vulnerable sites, as well as other data meant to be protected, including usernames and passwords...

Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - April 15, 2014 - 12:00am
International travel introduces new risks to your data and devices. Below are a few key tips to keep you safe while going global...

Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - April 1, 2014 - 12:00am
As of this month, more than 27 million US taxpayers have filed their 2013 taxes online - already a 6% increase over the total number of e-filings for the preceding year. E-filing offers enormous convenience - but it's important to remember that it can also create privacy and security risks. Here are some steps you can take to help avoid the risks while taking advantage of the convenience...

If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - March 18, 2014 - 12:00am
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support its Windows XP operating system (OS) after April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more updates or patches available for this OS, resulting in an immediate and serious risk to the security, reliability and compatibility of any computer running XP...

Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - February 25, 2014 - 12:00am
An information security incident is any event which compromises the integrity of Penn's information or systems. This might include someone hacking into a computer, stealing of passwords through phishing or social engineering, a lost or stolen device, theft or accidental sharing of private information...

Photo and Video Privacy Issues

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - February 11, 2014 - 12:00am
The ability of millions of people to take photos and videos on personal mobile devices and spread them globally is a reality today worth pondering. Consider this in light of famous quotes from a time well before this capability was in place: "A picture paints a thousand words." (Frederick Barnett, 1921); "With great power comes great responsibility." (Voltaire, published 1832)...

The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!

One Step Ahead: Security Tips - January 28, 2014 - 12:00am
Ten years ago Bill Gates, the chairman and founder of Microsoft, made a bold prediction: "the password is dead." He was referring to the limitations of using a single, reusable string of characters to protect our most sensitive digital assets...
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