Protecting your Personal Information Online

Wed, 1 July 15

Protecting your Personal Information Online

As we use the internet more to conduct our day to day personal and college business we need to become more aware of the possible dangers of working online. It is very important to remember to protect your personal and work information. Here we have compiled information on the most common types of online security issues and some tips on how you can help to keep yourself and your information safe on the internet:

  • Never give out personal information on the phone, through email, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
  • Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date.
  • Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email.
  • Remember Phishing requests are often tailored to their target audience and may seem to come from a recognisable source mentioning familiar names or roles e.g. the Registrar or CIO.
  • Phishing requests often threaten consequences for non-compliance (your account will be disabled etc.)
  • Never respond to Spam even to unsubscribe from the mailing lists.
  • Create strong passwords and remember to change them regularly.

Click here for an information leaflet on Simple ways to protect yourself, your computer, and UCD information

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