Cyber safety

Keeping yourself safe online content

Keeping yourself safe online

It is easy to fall prey to scams and online threats, and it's important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe.

Our Learning and Information Services (LIS) have detailed information on Staying Cyber Safe, which includes top tips and useful links to external resources. You'll also find instructions on how to keep your passwords secure, and general identity security.

There is a dedicated webpage which explains how UHI use the Multi-Factor Authentication process and some common problems and solutions.

Phishing is an increasing problem these days. On the dedicated webpage you can watch a short video on Phishing Awareness and take a quiz to test your ability to identify phishing websites from real ones.

Most of us use social media, in some form or another, but not everyone using it is who they say they are. Try to remember the tips below to stay safe;

  • Make use of privacy settings to keep track of what you are sharing, with who
  • Think about what you are posting, particularly whether there is anything in your photo/s which could put you in danger or that you wouldn't want to share publicly. Even if it feels private, social media is still a public space
  • Checking in or tagging friends shares real-time location details with anyone who can see your post
  • If you are attacked online, report it! Depending on what has happened you may be able to seek support from UHI or your local college, or even the Police

Police Scotland have a useful webpage which provides more information about all aspects of internet safety. You can also download their Student Online Safety Guide.

If you have experienced Gender Based Violence, our GBV Safety webpage has guidance on online tracking and digital stalking, as well as advice about getting non-consensual images removed if they've been posted online.

If you have any further queries on IT Safety, the Servicedesk is your first point of contact. They are available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday using the following methods;