Being cyber secure is a key priority for us all and there are a number things we can all do to keep our data and information safe. View our tips below to know how you can be more cyber savvy.
- Use a long, strong password with added complexity: At least ten characters long including upper/lower case characters, numbers, and special characters. The longer the better!
- Keep passwords safe: Don’t keep them on a post-it on your laptop for instance.
- Password managers like 1Password or LastPass are handy tools.
- Don’t reuse passwords: They should be unique to each account and difficult to guess.
- Add a layer of protection: Multi-factor authentication is worth setting up on your personal accounts, such as Amazon and iCloud. You’ll be sent a code which confirms your identity. It’ll be available on your University account soon.
Home security tips
- Check your WiFi security: Changing your wireless network’s default name and password can provide you with extra protection. If an attacker accesses your home network they may be able to access your devices: changing the default password makes this harder.
- Who’s there? Be aware of your surroundings and who can hear you. If you’re taking pictures at home, check what’s being displayed on screens around you.
- Lock it: Lock your computer when you’re not using it (pressing the Windows Key + L is a great shortcut for this) and shut it down when you’re finished.
- Encryption: Lots of devices (including smartphones) now feature encryption by default. This is a great tool for data protection.
- Get comfortable: No one knows how long this situation may last so it’s worthwhile setting up a comfortable, safe working environment.
Email and sharing tips
- Watch out for phishing attacks: Don’t open links you don’t recognise. Is it an email you’re expecting? If you’re unsure, delete the email or ask the sender (but not by replying to the email).
- Don’t overshare: Only share what you need to during online meetings (eg a window instead of your entire desktop). Familiarise yourself with screen sharing options in Teams and Zoom.
- Watch what you click: Sites using ‘https://’ are more secure. Be especially careful when using freeware sites such as file converters or file transfer services.
- Share wisely: Use Teams, SharePoint locations or permissions groups to give access to files. If you need to share a file with a small number of people, use sharing links instead of email attachments.
- Invite carefully: When hosting online meetings, don’t share the invite link widely (eg openly on social media). If you’re hosting a large meeting, ask people to register first before sending out joining information.
BitLocker Drive Encryption is simply a PIN number for your laptop – it will protect your laptop’s hard drive; so if it is lost or stolen, no one can view the contents of it.
Data on a lost or stolen computer is vulnerable to unauthorized access, either by running a software-attack tool against it or by transferring the computer's hard disk to a different computer. BitLocker helps mitigate unauthorized data access by enhancing file and system protections. BitLocker also helps render data inaccessible when BitLocker-protected computers are decommissioned or recycled.
BitLocker protects your laptop (ie if it is stolen), whereas multi-factor authentication protects your account online (eg from hackers).
To find out more visit Bitlocker on the Digital Hub.