Keep safe online
Cyber attacks and online fraud are become increasingly sophisticated and it is therefore vital that everyone plays their part in reducing the risks to our University.
Online Banking and Fraud
- Keep your computer up-to-date with antivirus software, operating system updates and firewalls – and ensure your browser is set to the highest level of security.
- Be wary of unsolicited emails or phone calls asking you for PIN number or passwords – your bank or the police would never ask for these in full.
- Always type your bank’s address into your web browser – never follow a link in an email and then enter personal details.
- A locked padlock or unbroken key symbol should always appear in your browser window when banking online. The ‘http’ at the beginning of the website address will change to ‘https’ when a secure connection is made.
- When making a payment, always double check that you have entered the correct account number and sort code.
- Never leave your computer unattended when logged in and log off as soon as you’re finished, especially on a public computer.
- Check your statements regularly – if you notice anything strange, contact your bank immediately.
- Be wary of any unexpected or suspicious looking ‘pop-up’ windows that appear during your online banking session.
- Stop and think about the process you normally go through to make a payment to someone – be suspicious if it differs from the last time you used it.
- Fraudsters sometimes try to trick people into making a real payment by claiming “it’s just a test”.
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software and that it's switched on.
- Don’t reveal personal information on social networking sites.
- Regularly back up data on your computer including your smartphone/tablet using USBs or cloud storage.
- Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi router is secure at all times by changing the default factory password.
- Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites.
- Choose strong passwords – 3 random words is the government guideline for making a strong password.
- When shopping, paying or banking online, always make sure the website is secure.
- Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted.
- Remember your smartphone is also a target for viruses and spyware.
- Shred any old documents that contain personal information about you.
- Be careful who you accept as friends or contacts, especially if you get a request from people you don't know personally. They might not be who they seem and could potentially cause you harm.
- Don't get persuaded into actions or thoughts that you're not comfortable with, or that you know deep down are wrong. Sending intimate images and being persuaded into extremist behaviour are just two examples. Be careful about what private or confidential information about yourself or your family you reveal in posts or profiles, that could let criminals piece together a picture of you. Phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address or birthdays are all examples.
- What goes online stays online. Don't say anything or publish pictures that might offend or embarrass you or someone else, get you into trouble or mean lost opportunities now or at any point in the future. review your privacy settings and friend/contact lists regularly.
- Set up a separate email account to register and receive mail from a site. Consider a Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or gmail account as these are fast and easy to set up.
- Never post comments that are abusive or may offend individuals or groups of society. Trolling can be very upsetting for the victim and some cases may be a criminal offence. Be on your guard against phishing scams, including fake friend requests and posts from companies inviting you visit other pages or sites.