You are the target!
You may not realise it, but your computer, your mobile devices, your Oxford accounts and your personal information all have tremendous value to criminals. With access to these, criminals could:
- ...get access to your email account to read or delete your emails, or use your account to send thousands of spam emails
- ...log into other online accounts like your bank account and steal money
- ...steal your credit card details and buy things online with them
- ...take control of your computer to record everything you do, hold you to ransom, attack other computers on the Internet or send spam
- ...use your personal details to commit fraud using your identity
But don't panic because taking just a few simple measures can help you defend yourself against cybercrime and prevent you from becoming another statistic. These pages are here to provide you with the information you need to protect yourself online. Here are just some of the ways in which you can start to make sure that you can stay secure online:
- Read our FAQ
- Attend our Security and Privacy Online courses
- Learn about Information Security from the comfort of your own desk (Oxford staff only)
- Use secure passwords
- Don't fall for phishing attacks
- Be mysterious and protect your identity online, especially on social media (like Facebook)
- Use anti-virus - to protect your computer from viruses, malware, worms, trojans, adware, etc.
- Update your software - to avoid known security problems.
- Lockup your laptop - including Smartphones and tablets - secure your hardware from loss or theft, etc.
- Protect your data.