Top 10 Security Tips

The best defence is awareness. Stay safe online by following these simple tips.

Sussex is a High value target

1. Sussex is a high-value target

Cyber-criminals see you as a valuable, vulnerable target. Attacks and campaigns can be clever and persuasive. Don’t ever say “it’ll never happen to me”.
Click here to learn about the common security threats at Sussex,
or see the latest threats at the top of this page.

Protect Sensitive Data

2. Protect Sensitive Data

Is your data safe? Encrypt your mobile device and any sensitive data you share over the internet.
Click here to learn about encryption.

Beward phishing emails and calls

3. Beware phishing emails and calls

Cyber criminals will try to convince you to give away your personal details. Look out for suspicious emails or phone calls. They might request personal information or ask for your password.
Click here to learn about phishing

Don’t leave computers or devices unlocked

4. Don’t leave computers or devices unlocked

Keep your devices physically secure, including your computer(s), phone and any data storage media (memory sticks/hard drives/CDs).
Click here to see what happens if you leave your computer unsecured.

Keep your software up-to-date

5. Keep your software up-to-date

Keep your operating systems, web browsers and other applications up-to-date to benefit from the latest security updates. Turn on automatic updates where possible.
Click here for advice about software updates.

Take care when you follow links

6. Take care when you follow links

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. If attachments or links in email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don't click on them.
Click here for more information about spotting a fake link.

Secure your mobile device

7. Mobile and Wi-Fi Security

Is your phone safe? Make sure it’s locked with a password or PIN and keep this private. Update the operating system when prompted and install security software and encryption where possible.
Stay safe using public and home Wi-Fi networks.
Click here for mobile and Wi-Fi security advice.

Use strong passwords

8. Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication

Do you know how to make a genuinely secure password?
Do not use the same password for multiple accounts and never share your password
Use a password manager and set up MFA on your accounts.
Click here for advice about strong passwords and password managers.

Use strong passwords

9. Use anti-virus and anti-malware software

Install security software from a known and trusted source on all your devices.
Click here for security software advice.

Back up your data

10. Back up your data

Use cloud-based systems to back up your data where possible. OneDrive and Box are provided by IT Services. If you use physical storage media, store this separately from your computer.
Click here to learn about cloud storage.

See also

Information security
Policies and guidance on how information is managed at Sussex

Our guide to choosing and using passwords

Computing accounts
Frequently asked questions about computing accounts at Sussex

My ITS account
Login to change your password and set email options

Updated on 17 May 2023