Information Services

New Students: Must-Read Information

Find essential advice on the minimum steps to take to keep yourself safe and healthy online as a new student at The University of Edinburgh.

Expectations for All 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 Online Safety

Information Security Essentials

The University's Information Security (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

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

Training materials, from Information Security Essentials to secure coding and more.

Information Security Essentials

Data Protection Training

Under the University's Data Protection Policy, all staff and students have responsibility for data protection compliance in their day-to-day work.

Data Protection Training

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 Training and Events


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