Keeping yourself safe online
It is easy to fall prey to scams and online threats, and it's important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe.
Our IT and Digital Infrastructure team provide detailed information on Staying Cyber Safe, which includes top tips and useful links to external resources. You'll also find instructions on how to keep your passwords secure, and general identity security.
There is a dedicated webpage which explains how UHI use the Multi-Factor Authentication process and some common problems and solutions.
Phishing is an increasing problem these days. You can watch a short video on Phishing Awareness and take a quiz to test your ability to identify phishing websites from real ones.
Most of us access social media in some form or another, but not everyone using it is who they say they are. Get Safe Online have some really useful advice on Communication and Social Networking from WhatsApp to Facebook, Chatrooms, and much more. Try to also remember the basic tips below to stay safe;
- Make use of privacy settings to keep track of what you are sharing, with who
- Think about what you are posting, particularly whether there is anything in your photo/s which could put you in danger or that you wouldn't want to share publicly. Even if it feels private, social media is still a public space
- Checking in or tagging friends shares real-time location details with anyone who can see your post
- If you are attacked online, report it! Depending on what has happened you may be able to seek support from UHI or your local college, or even the Police
If you have experienced Gender Based Violence, our GBV Safety webpage has guidance on online tracking and digital stalking, as well as advice about getting non-consensual images removed if they've been posted online.
Thinking about online dating? There are risks to meeting people online, but Get Safe Online have a section on their website with guidance to ensure you can enjoy online dating with safety and confidence.
QR codes are increasingly used as a way to reach advertiser's websites and by businesses likes cafes and restuarants. These tips explain how to use them safely.
If you have any further queries on IT Safety, the Servicedesk is your first point of contact. They are available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday using the following methods;
Get Safe Online - have a huge amount of advice and guidance on protecting yourself online. Includes smart TVs, online gaming, downloading and file sharing, and much more
UK Safer Internet Centre - leads a global partnership helping to make the internet a safe place for everyone. Covers a wide range of online issues, and is the coordinator of the annual Safer Internet Day event