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Cyber security

Freshers are seen as easy prey for online scammers. Expect to be targeted with bogus ‘student loan’ emails and ‘too-good-to-be true’ job opportunities that are after your bank details or University login – especially at the start of the academic year and each term.

hex stickerCreate a strong passphrase

Your UIS Password protects your valuable personal data, so it’s critical that you choose something that can’t easily be cracked, but that you can remember.

The current best practice advice is to pick four random words, separated by another character, for example:
charlie-tango-teakettle-barbecue

You can see how long it would take a computer to crack it at the
How Secure Is My Password website (in our example, it’s three decillion years!):

howsecureismypassword.net >

 

Cyber security tips

Our quick videos offer good advice about protecting your online identity and valuable personal data:

Stay safe online >

 

Reporting a cyber security incident

If you see something suspicious, or have fallen prey to a scammer, please don't be too embarrassed to report it. When you alert us, we can advise you about what you need to do next. It also lets us block the payload to prevent anyone else being caught out, and investigate the perpetrators.

  1. If you have given away your UIS Password, use the UIS Password Management app to change it: https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk

  2. Report the security incident to CERT, our emergency response team:

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