How To Protect

Simple things we can all do to protect information, and guidance on good practice.

What to do when you have found, or been told, that your device or account contains malware

No matter you are a new student or a new staff, here are some basic advice for you to help you stay secure at the University of Edinburgh.

To reduce the risk of losing information, make sure that it is backed up on a regular basis.


Encryption is easy to use, and provides strong protection for University information.

Configure your devices to lock using passwords or PINs automatically, or when you put them to sleep.

Take care what you click on. Phishing is the most common kind of attack.

Keep software up to date and configure your security.

Anti-virus software protects your computer from software viruses, and prevents you from accidentally passing them to people you work with.

Basic advice for securing smartphones and tablet devices.

The risks of using social media, and the care you need to take, to protect.

We must not make it easy for our devices to be stolen, or to lose our valuable information if the device breaks.

When we dispose of a computer or a laptop or any kind of device, we must ensure it is securely deleted.