Information Services

Digital Safety for New Students

Find essential information on keeping yourself safe and healthy online as a new student at The University of Edinburgh.

Expectations for Students

The University of Edinburgh has several policies in place that set out expectations for students when engaging both online and offline. It’s important to take into consideration these policies and strategies, which can be found at the link below, in all your online interactions.

Expectations for Students Relating to Digital Safety

Information Security

The University’s Information Security (InfoSec) team have curated some wonderful resources to help keep you safe both during your studies and beyond. Follow the links below for tips and resources on keeping your information secure and more information on how to build up your own digital resilience.

Advice for New Students

Our InfoSec team have kindly put together a list of four key principles to keep you and your data safe during your time at The University of Edinburgh. These comprise:

  1. Update your devices
  2. Use anti-virus software
  3. Know how to spot phishing attacks and fraud
  4. Encrypt your devices

Find targeted resources to help you enact each of the above principles using the link below.

Information Security Bytesize Tips for New Students

Minimum Required Reading

The InfoSec team have collated the minimum policies every student must read and comply with while computing as a University of Edinburgh student. These policies include the University’s Computing Regulations and Information Security Policy, as well as relevant laws that relate to both.

Information Security Minimum Required Reading

Guidance on Conforming with Information Protection Policies

If you’ve read the University’s Computing Regulations and Information Security Policy, you might be wondering how you can conform with these and help keep yourself and others safe online. The page below links to several helpful resources to help you manage your digital safety.

Guidance on how to conform with information protection policies

How to Protect Yourself

The InfoSec team have put together a list of amazing resources and guidance on best practice to help you protect yourself online. Find useful information on the following and more through the link below:

  • Backing up your data
  • Encrypting and locking your devices
  • Configuring devices and computers securely
  • Avoiding phishing scams and online fraud
  • Using anti-virus
  • Social media protection
  • Password management and secure deletion

How to protect your information online

Information Security Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As a new student, you probably have some questions regarding how to manage your own digital safety. Our InfoSec team have put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) that may help answer these.

Information Security FAQ

Information Security Essentials Training

This University of Edinburgh-produced online course takes you through the necessary steps for protecting your own data and safeguarding yourself against online threats. The course is compulsory for all staff and highly recommended for all students, especially those just embarking on their studies.

Information Security Essentials

Data Protection Training

This course, provided by the University's Data Protection Officer, is compulsory for all University staff and highly recommended for students. It covers a range of topics to help you navigate managing your own personal data as well as how to manage the collection of sensitive data.

Data Protection Training

LinkedIn Learning

All students and staff at The University of Edinburgh have free access to the LinkedIn Learning online skills development service, which offers an extensive library of high-quality video courses in business, creative and digital skills. In terms of digital safety, we recommend all students take the following two courses upon joining the University. For information on how to create an account, please visit our LinkedIn Learning Guidance page (Digital Skills and Training).

Digital Citizenship Course

This course takes you through what it means to be a good digital citizen and how we can use technology in the most appropriate and respectful ways to build community on the Internet.

Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety for Students Course

This course examines the nature of Internet-based threats and outlines essential internet safety skills for students. It comes highly recommended by the University Information Security directorate.

Internet Safety for Students

Managing Your Digital Footprint

If somebody Googled you, what would they find? The tracks and traces we leave online constitute our ‘Digital Footprint.’ The University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD) offers helpful workshops, resources and advice to help you manage your digital footprint. These include a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) that gives you the opportunity to explore and reflect on your own digital footprint and why it is important.

IAD Managing your digital footprint service

Managing Your Digital Footprint MOOC (Coursera)

Social Media Safety

It is important to remember that even when you’re using personal communications and social media, you are still a member of the University community and have a duty to act with dignity and respect towards all others. As such, extra care should always be taken on social media and other public platforms to ensure what you post does not contravene University policy. Read the University’s Social Media Guidelines and find additional resources for keeping yourself safe on social media below.

Social Media Guidelines

Social Media Protection

Additional Training

Digital safety is everyone’s responsibility at The University of Edinburgh. Find more online training courses to help you keep yourself and others safe online through the link below.

Digital Safety and Citizenship Online Training Courses


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