How To Protect
Simple things we can all do to protect information, and guidance on good practice.
Advice for New Students
4 key principles for keeping you and your data safe during your time at the University of Edinburgh
To reduce the risk of losing information, make sure that it is backed up on a regular basis.
Encrypting devices and documents
Encryption is easy to use, and provides strong protection for University information.
Lock your devices
Configure your devices to lock using passwords or PINs automatically, or when you put them to sleep.
Think before clicking
Take care what you click on. Phishing is the most common kind of attack.
Configure devices and computers securely
Keep software up to date and configure your security.
Anti-virus software protects your computer from software viruses, and prevents you from accidentally passing them to people you work with.
Security for mobile phones and tablets
Basic advice for securing smartphones and tablet devices.
Social media protection
The risks of using social media, and the care you need to take, to protect.
Protect from theft, loss or breakage
We must not make it easy for our devices to be stolen, or to lose our valuable information if the device breaks.
When we dispose of a computer or a laptop or any kind of device, we must ensure it is securely deleted.
The University currently has a site license for LastPass password management software, offering free Premium Accounts to all students and making the Enterprise version available to all staff.