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  • Security

    The University takes information security very seriously and wherever possible protects the services you use from malicious or accidental damage, as well as protecting your personal data. 

    However, security is becoming ever more challenging as we all work mobily - on smartphones and laptops via wifi, and much of the malicious activity online (like Phishing emails) is very credible.  

    Passwords

    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.

    What to do if you click a link in a suspicious email

    If you have clicked on any of the links in a suspicious email or have received an email trying to extort money, please contact the IT Service Desk on 01865 483311 option 2 or visit the IT Service Desk Points to have your password reset. Or you can reset it yourself using PIP.

    Anti-virus software

    The University uses SOPHOS as its anti-virus software on all staff and student PCs. You can also add it to your own devices - for free - download it from https://home.sophos.com

    Secure your mobile devices

    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.

    2 Step verification

    (for your Google account)

    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 onlineYou will need to have your mobile phone with you.