Protecting my devices

Portable devices such as smart phones and tablets have become an important part of working and studying at the University. Because these devices store information such as contacts, emails and documents it’s important that they are looked after. 

How can I keep my devices secure?

How can I keep my personal computers secure?

  • Install security software and update it regularly

    Security software such as antivirus, anti-spyware or personal firewall will help protect your computer from viruses, spyware and hackers. You can choose to either install these products separately, or use an all-in-one suite that bundles them together. 

  • Turn on automatic updates to protect your computer from hackers

    Software companies regularly issue free updates to fix security problems in their software. These fixes are called patches and should be applied regularly to prevent hackers from gaining access to your computer. 

    Most operating systems and application software can be configured to update automatically. Check your program settings for a ‘check for updates’ option. 

    Microsoft is no longer providing support or patches for Windows 7. This can leave your computer vulnerable to hackers as security problems are no longer being fixed. If you are using Windows 7, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your personal computer to Windows 10. 

  • Lock your screen when you are not using your computer

    Your personal computer is an essential tool for working and studying at the University. Because it contains important files including emails, passwords and other sensitive information you should protect your computer at all times. 

    Here are some simple steps you can take to safeguard your personal computer: 

    • Immediately lock your screen when you walk away from your computer 
    • Set your screen saver to automatically lock after 10 minutes of inactivity 
    • Never leave your computer unattended in public areas 
  • Set a strong password and change it from time to time

    Passwords aren’t unbreakable but they can prevent strangers from casually accessing your computer. 

    Here are some steps you can take to set and protect your password: 

    • Choose a strong password or passphrase
    • Your computer’s password should be 100% unique and unlike any other password you use 
    • Never reuse old passwords 
    • Change your password at least once a year 

    Learn more about password security here.