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The University takes information security very seriously and wherever possible the IT directorate protects the services you use from malicious or accidental damage, as well as protecting your personal data.
Security is becoming ever more challenging as we all work mobily - on smartphones and laptops via Wi-Fi.
Our IT Service Desk offers support and advice to help you avoid the mistakes that are so easily made but a lot of the malicious activity online (like Phishing emails) is very credible.
This simple video from Barclays and get Safe Online offers useful information about the kind of malicious emails that are targeted at students.
The best starting point for good security is a strong password - 12 characters long and a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. When you first start at Oxford Brookes you will be given a password that you will need to change to something more memorable. This is done using your Personal Information Portal or commonly known as PIP. We suggest you don't use the same password for your University log-in that you use elsewhere, make it a unique password. Don't disclose your password to others and remember that University administrators will never ask you for your password. And if someone does email you asking for your password, don't give it to them - it is a Phishing attempt to steal yours - and the University's data.
The University uses SOPHOS as its anti-virus software on all staff and student PCs. We also supply it free to keep your own devices secure. Learn more about SOPHOS
We encourage all at Oxford Brookes to set up 2-step verification on their University Google account - this adds an extra layer of security when you log into Google for your email, timetable and documents. Simple steps to set this up can be found online. You will need to have your mobile phone with you.
It is very important that all mobile devices like phones and laptops are locked with a security code, fingerprint or locking screensaver. This protects access to your personal information should you accidentally leave your device unattended.