Cyber Security Guidance

Staying Secure Online:

When you hear stories about cybercriminals, stolen passwords and data breaches in huge companies, staying secure online sounds daunting, but with a few easy steps, you can do your best to keep yourself and your data secure. The advice in these sections is equally relevant to your time spent in the Colleges Digital Environment and to your time spent in the online world outside College.

A handy website called Cyberaware, will give you lots of tips to help you stay secure and keep your data safe.

Europol also produces some excellent advice on how to secure your digital activities. Their guides can be accessed here and are worth spending time looking at.

Click the blocks below to view more information regarding staying secure online:

Cyber Security – what is it and why is it important for all students to know about it?


Nowadays, cybersecurity, cyber attacks and cybercriminals are constantly in our newsfeeds and news programmes. This is an important issue that does affect College students. You need to be aware of the threats you face when online and what you can do to keep safe and secure in the digital environment.

The ten-minute video in this section explains the cyber threats facing Colleges and the staff and students who work and study there, and what’s being done to protect you.
Applying Updates

Useful links for applying updates to your device

As well as the College taking steps to keep staff and student cyber secure, there are lots of steps you can take yourself on your own devices that you need to be responsible for updating. One important way you can stay secure is to make sure you update software and apps on your devices as soon as it’s time to do so. On College computers, this is done by College staff – but you may need to do it yourself on any device you own such as an Ipad, Tablet, Laptop, PC, Mac or Smartphone.

Always apply security updates as soon as you can. Sometimes this happens automatically, but some devices ask you for permission. 
Take a look at this web page that gives advice on avoiding Mobile Malware

The following links will provide advice on why you should always keep software and browsers updated, and how you can also protect your Smartphone or tablet:

Update Your Browser | Get Safe Online
Updating to a newer version of your browser makes sense for increased security and a number of other reasons:. Better security They provide superior protection against scams, viruses, Trojans, phishing attacks and other threats.

Physical Security | Get Safe Online | Get Safe Online
Physical security is just as important as online security in protecting your smartphone or tablet – and yourself – against crime. The compact size of these devices makes them particularly vulnerable to theft, and accidental loss or damage.

Viruses And Spyware St | Get Safe Online | Get Safe Online

Many people believe that smartphones and tablets are not susceptible to viruses, spyware and other malware.This is certainly not the case … in fact the more people that use these devices, and the more apps that
Strong Passwords


There are too many easy, simple passwords in use on the internet. The most popular passwords amongst those that have been hacked have been found to be ‘password’, ‘password123’ and the like. A list of the worst passwords to use can be found here. These are passwords you should avoid using. It’s worth reading the article in the link all the way through as it contains a lot of useful information on this important topic including a link to a site that you can use to check if your email account has been captured in any data breaches.

The video below gives some hints and tips as to how to create a strong password. If you choose a strong password, you should not need to change it unless it is stolen or compromised in some way.


One of the most common ways that Cyber Criminals will try to capture your user name and password is to send you a phishing email. This usually involves them sending an email to your email account and trying to trick you into logging on to either a web link or a website accessed through an attached document. Once they have triked you into doing this, they have your account credentials and can access that account or any other accounts using the same username and password. Watch out for phishing emails and don’t get caught! This video will give an overview of phishing:

Download the Cyber Security Inforgraphic

The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has an excellent website full of useful information and advice on keeping Cyber Secure. It is really worth having a look at this site to understand what kind of threats are out there and what is being done to counter them at a national level. THE NCSC site can be found here. The NCSC has recently published a very useful infographic that summarises who is behind cyber attacks and the main ways you can stay secure in the cyber world. You can see it to the right of this paragraph. You can download a PDF version of the graphic here.
stay safe online infographic
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