IT and Library Services

#BeCyberSmart for students

Advice, guidance and steps you can take to protect yourself. The information on these pages are valid for staff and students alike and we hope that you stop and think before you click!

Students: Think Security + Do Security = Stay Secure!

Did You Know?

  • 86% of us are using passwords that have already been stolen in a data breach
  • 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error
  • There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds 
  • 4 million files are stolen every day

These are scary statistics, but there's a lot that we can do to protect ourselves and our data from cyber crime.  Our information security pages will help you to employ good practices to keep your information safe and secure.

Protecting your Email

Got an email you are not sure of ? Think before you respond or click the link provided.

  • Protect against downloading viruses and malware
  • Protect against sharing your information with hackers

How to protect your data and University information against data theft or loss, identity theft and fraud.

  • Keep your password secret
  • Only share information when its safe to do so e.g. with authorised people
  • Use social media sensibly and safely e.g. use privacy restrictions and don't share personal data on social media
    Use encrypted USB drives
  • Read the University's information security and information compliance policies for more information and guidelines

How to protect your login details

  • Use strong password, don't share them, and change them periodically (Students, please see the new password self-service tool)
  • If you must write them down, keep them from public access

The importance of taking care with your passwords

What if you've been hacked?

  • Change your login details as soon as possible
  • Use antivirus/malware software to check and remove virus or malware on your computer and contact the IT Service Desk (ext. 7555) if you need further help
  • Check with relevant organisations e.g. bank, student finance, that your details have not been compromised

How to protect computers and mobile devices

  • Store in secure areas and in close proximity
  • Use screen-lock password/pins
  • Keep applications and antiviruses up-to-date

In Person

  • Beware of shoulder surfing.  Be alert if you are working in crowded places such as trains, cafes, and other public spaces.
  • Create a physical barrier between your screen and prying eyes, and make sure nobody can steal information by looking over your shoulder.


The following is a brief list of news articles and warnings related to phishing and other cyber scams specifically targeting university students.