Staying safe on the internet during your time at the University of Aberdeen

Pretty much everyone is online these days. Whether it’s for social networking, keeping in touch with friends and family or for academic purposes. We’re not here to give you a lecture on what you should use it for. CluedUp is here to make you aware of the potential dangers and show you where you can take precautions to protect yourself against potential threats online.

Never underestimate a strong password

When you’re creating new passwords – whether for email, social media or online shopping account, it’s important that you make it a strong password. so what makes a good, strong password? Basically, a good password is a mix of upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols. It’s also a smart idea to change your passwords regularly and we know it’s tricky, but try to use a different password for each account you hold online.

Virus protect your computer

Make sure you install approved anti-virus software on your laptop or PC. Not only that, but it’s important that you keep the program updated and install the various updates when prompted. This also covers protecting on email. Be aware of spam emails and avoid clicking on links from unknown sources.

Be social media safe

Think carefully about what you’re sharing on Facebook. You never know when this content might come back to haunt you in the future. This includes content you share about friends. Once it’s online – it can be hard to make it go away.

Stay safe while you’re shopping

When shopping online, look for the lock on the address bar. You should never enter your card details into a site without this type of security. You can check by looking at the URL – if it’s secure it will show HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://).