Three simple tips to stop your accounts from getting hacked

Online security probably isn’t something you really think about — until something happens to you.

A 2016 survey showed that only 17% of students are genuinely concerned about cyber security, despite 77% of us recognising it’s a growing threat.

There are so many ways to get caught out, usually by scams made to look like something you’d trust, like your bank or your university. Email phishing is the most common, with scams designed to look like something you’d expect to find in your inbox.

Students can be easily tripped up by familiar logos or promises of student loan payments, and wind up with their personal data compromised and money drawn from their accounts.

There are a few simple things you need to know in order to stay safe against cyber attacks.

  • Pay attention to the details. Check the sender’s email address, their contact details, the URL you’re about to click on… even the spelling and grammar could be a giveaway. If something feels a little bit off, it probably is.
  • What do they want from you? If you’re asked for any personal details outside of their usual context (such as your online banking memorable info), don’t give it! Be wary about your passwords and the appropriate time to use them. If what you’ve been asked for seems unusual, don’t give it away.
  • Were you expecting this? It sounds like common sense, but if you’ve had an email out of the blue about an extra bursary or an additional student loan, with no info from your uni beforehand, it’s too good to be true. Scammers are good at knowing the right sort of times to drop these fake announcements, so be careful. If you aren’t expecting any extra cash, you’re probably not getting any!

Knowing more about online security doesn’t take much, and could make a huge difference to protecting your online accounts — from your social media channels to your online banking.

Our course helps you get on top of cyber security in a quick and digestible way. You’ve got more important things to worry about than online security, so don’t get caught out.