Advice on Safe Computing

Protect yourself online

Although online services offer many benefits there are unfortunately many people who will use the Internet maliciously. The advice on our web pages will enable you to enjoy these online services safely.

Use strong passwords and never share them

It is important that you use strong passwords and that you never share them with other people. Password advice

Install antivirus software (and keep it up to date!)

You should ensure you have antivirus software installed and it is regularly updated.

Phishing scams

Phishing refers to online fraud, in which criminals try to trick you into revealing bank details or email account details, for the purposes of theft and fraud. Our video explains what phishing is and how to avoid being a victim of this crime.

Mobile security

Before you start using your mobile device for University work then there a few simple, but essential, security considerations that apply equally to both University owned and personal mobile devices. Using a mobile device safely


Encryption protects sensitive information by making it unreadable to those who do not have the right credentials.

Physical security

Computers, smartphones and tablets are valuable items that must be appropriately protected. Simple actions such keeping valuable equipment away from Windows and locking doors will make all the difference.

Be careful what you agree to

Unfortunately our IT Service Desk is seeing an increasing number of avoidable virus infections. Agreeing to install non-solicited software, often prompted via pop-up advertising, is a very common source of infection and will undermine any technical safeguards put in place.

Install important updates

Ensuring that your computer is up to date is essential – security flaws in operating systems are generally exploited soon after being found.

Reporting a security incident

All incidents involving actual or potential breaches of Information Security must be reported in accordance with the Information Security Incident Policy and Procedure.

Get Help and Support

If you require any further support, contact the IT Service Desk.

Lots more tips

Get Safe Online is a national initiative to improve security, their website is jam packed full of helpful tips