‌Safer Internet day, Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.

UCD IT Services are delighted to support this initiative for the fourth year and will be bringing our pop up stand to the Quinn School of Business (ground floor) from 11:00am to 1:00pm on the day. Our IT Security experts will be on hand to answer your questions plus we will have some goodies to give away!

Please see our helpful hints and tips to help keep you and your information safe online.

Safer Internet tips


When you are reading e-mails or browsing, be on the lookout for suspicious links and deceptive web pages, which are major sources of malware. Also be careful when selecting browser plugins, apps, or other downloadable files since they can introduce new vulnerabilities. Trust your instincts.. If you think it is suspicious, it probably is!

Here are some suggestions to make your day-to-day Internet browsing productive, safe, and secure.

  • Own your online presence. To keep yourself safe, set privacy and security settings on web services, apps, and devices to your comfort level. You do not have to share everything with everyone. It is your choice to limit what (and with whom) you share personal information.
  • Keep your private information safe. Use a strong, unique password or passphrase for each account, and dont save passwords in your browser. Consider using separate browsers for sensitive logins and general web browsing. Use Multi Factor Authentication as well as passwords on sites that support it.
  • Keep a clean machine. Make sure all software on Internet-connected devices including PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets are updated regularly to reduce the risk of malware infection.
  • Be more secure! Make sure a URL includes HTTPS before entering any personal information. Always check that the URL is correct. 
  • Use private networks for sensitive transactions. Avoid checking your bank account, making purchases, or logging in to other websites that include sensitive information when using public Wi-Fi. Use the UCD VPN when accessing University information on an untrusted network.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.