The University of Newcastle, Australia

Online safety and security

Online safety and security

Safe computing practices include a combination of how you technically protect your computer by using software, your security settings, and the physical actions you take.

Everything you do makes a difference and leaving one aspect vulnerable can compromise your other efforts:

  • If you use strong passwords but leave your computer unlocked and unattended in public places, your data is at risk
  • If you use antivirus software but aren't careful about replying to or forwarding suspicious emails, you risk compromising your own devices and others
  • If you download software and media from unknown sources, including torrent sites, you risk the security of your computer and information.

Remember to Think Before You Click

Storing your data

You are responsible for looking after your own data and ensuring it is backed up and available when you need it.

You have a few options for storing your data while you are studying at UoN, like your U drive and OneDrive.