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Stay Safe: Cyber Security Tips



Information on how to stay safe and avoid cyber criminals


We rely more than ever on technology to study, work, communicate with others and do our shopping and payments.
Along with the fact that we spend more time online, many scammers and cyber criminals are exploiting the uncertainty and the fear surrounding the pandemic to their advantage.
We need to be extremely cautious and follow the tips and guidance provided to stay safe.
In this page, we have put together some useful links and information to assist students and avoid cyber crime incidents in our community.

#01. Everyone is a potential target

Don’t think it will never happen to you. Everyone is at risk. And if something does go wrong – get help fast from the ITS Helpdesk.

#02. Keep software up to date

Turn on automatic software updates to ensure you are running the latest versions.

#03. Keep up to date with anti-virus protection

Ensure your firewall is enabled for added protection.

#04. Don’t be caught out by scams

Think before you click on links or attachments or install applications – even if they look familiar – check they come from a trusted source.

#05. Use strong passwords

Use strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts and devices. And never share them. Read our advice on creating a strong password and check the National Cyber Security Centre website for more ‘stay safe’ information.

#06. Back up your data

Office 365 (OneDrive, Sharepoint, Teams), your Warwick shared drive or H: Drive are all suitable places to back up your files. Remember also to keep the backups secure.

#07. Protect mobile devices

Keep anything with professional or personal data on it secure at all times - things like laptops, tablets, phones. Enable authentication via passcodes and fingerprints.

#08. Lock your devices

Always secure your devices – physically and digitally. Safe storage, locked screens and encrypted drives reduce the risk of valuable or private information being lost or stolen.

#9. Stay informed

Visit our security news on insite for all the latest articles on Security and Information Management. Share information and awareness with friends.

#10. Review information with care

A new website will soon be available to provide a single, easy-to-find location for the latest updates, important information and guidance on Information Management, Governance and Security.

Have you spotted a suspicious email?

You can also report it to the National Cyber Security Centre

through the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) report@phishing.gov.uk
External sites with internet safety advice and updates on COVID-19 related scams:
Safe in Warwickshire | Action Fraud page for COVID-19 | Take Five to Stop Fraud

See the resource put together by the University's Information and Data Compliance team:

Information on Scams Targeting Students
Are you being targeted by scammers?
Contact IT helpdesk | IDC | Campus Security | Wellbeing Support Services