Safe storage and backups
It is important to store and back up any data safely, so that you are in control of who has access to your data. There are a wide variety of storage options available, ranging from physical storage (such as USB drives) to virtual storage (such as cloud storage).
This blog post has info about storage
Passwords and Credential Stuffing
The University requires you choose a safe password for your IT account and to change it regularly - never share this password with anyone. To ensure a password is as secure as possible, whether for home or work use, don't pick dictionary words as these are easy for automated hacking systems to guess. Also make sure the password doesn't relate to you - don't use your registration number, your birthday, your pets' or family members' names for example.
Recently the UK National Cyber Security Centre published an analysis of passwords available online from existing breaches at various organisations (including LinkedIn).
Worldwide, weak passwords like “123456”, “qwerty”, “password” (along with football team names like “liverpool” and “chelsea”) are being used to secure millions of user accounts on social media, shopping sites and even banks.
These passwords provide little protection both due to their reduced number of characters (no variation in upper/lowercase or special characters). This means they can be cracked relatively quickly even by complete novices using freely available automated tools. In addition to this, such passwords have been made widely available in common password lists for use in random attacks on services, this is known as ‘credential stuffing ‘.