Online Safety

October 25, 2018

As the number of internet users continues to grow, so do the number of criminals trying to obtain personal information for fraudulent purposes. Learn about the precautions you can take to protect yourself online.


  • When selecting a password, aim for at least 8 characters, containing upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters and avoid obvious passwords, e.g. birthdays or names.
  • Never save, share or reuse passwords
  • Don’t use the same password for different services, e.g. online banking and social networks
  • Consider creating a password safe for all your passwords and remember, the University will never ask you for your password.

Protect your devices

For laptop users, there is a variety of both free and premium antivirus software solutions available. Amongst the most popular are: AVG (Free), Kaspersky, and Norton Antivirus.

  • Ensure your devices have the latest updates and antivirus installed
  • Ensure your AntiVirus updates its signatures frequently (daily / hourly)
  • Back up your data somewhere, for example, the cloud
  • Make sure personal information on your device is secure should it become lost or stolen

Phishing Emails and Websites

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, credit card details or other critical personal information.

These fake emails and websites can be very difficult to tell apart from the real thing. Phishing emails can often promise a reward of some kind if you click or enter login details – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There are a few things you should be aware of that will help you recognise a phishing attempt – follow IT Service’s dealing with phishing emails advice if you’re ever unsure whether you’ve been targeted.

Social Networking Responsibly

Social media is a part of modern life and increasingly, an important part of student life. The nature of social networking sites can create security risks – it’s important to remain cautious when using them.

  • Never disclose private information when social networking
  • Beware of what information can be gleaned about you, for example, your home address (e.g. from photos from your home)
  • Be wary of who you invite or accept invitations from
  • Think before you post – respect yourself and respect others online
  • Follow our online behaviour tips to ensure what your posting doesn’t have consequences for your life and career

Report Problems

If you experience any of the issues mentioned on this page or you need to report a problem, please contact IT Services as soon as possible.

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