Cyber Security

Keeping up with cybersecurity issues is crucial for students in today’s digital age. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting processes. Cybersecurity measures are designed to counteract these threats and safeguard data integrity, confidentiality, and availability. Student Digital Champions Emma (Host) and Samantha (Guest), both veterinary students, discuss the importance of online safety and share tips for staying secure.

Cybersecurity should be considered from both a personal and an organisational perspective. Protecting yourself and the university from cyber threats like fraud and phishing is crucial. As students, we should be mindful of our online activity, especially when stressed. Take a moment to assess emails and links before clicking, and avoid the pressure tactics often used in phishing attempts.

Consider using a VPN for added security when on public Wi-Fi. However, be cautious of free VPNs and read the terms and conditions carefully.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an important security measure. The authenticator app is generally recommended over alternative methods, which Emma mentions experiencing past difficulties with at home as an overseas student.

Be aware of your digital footprint. The information you share online can be used by both employers and cybercriminals. Be mindful of what you post and adjust your privacy settings accordingly.

Remember, staying safe online is a continuous process. By following these tips and staying informed, you can minimise your risk of cyberattacks.

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When visiting a new website, do you typically accept or decline cookies?

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The information presented in this blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice or expertise in any field. While we have strived to provide accurate and up-to-date information, the authors are students and may not have comprehensive knowledge of all the topics discussed.

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