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How to Stay Safe Online

Online Safety Checklist


  • Don’t fall victim of a scam by responding to unexpected emails or text messages and don’t click on any links or attachments within them.

  • Make sure that your computer’s firewall is active and up to date.

  • Regularly check that your computer’s operating system and software is up to date.

  • Don’t access your student finance account through a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Always, choose a password and secret answer that you will remember, but will not be easily guessed by anyone else.

  • Our secure sites have addresses that start with ‘https’ and a small padlock icon that appears in the status bar at the bottom of your browser window.

  • When you visit any of our websites type the URL address into your browser. This will ensure you go to the correct site and not a spoof or fraudulent site.

  • Be aware: Phishing scams are common at our three main payment dates in September, January and April.

  • Prevention: Your email details may be taken from a social networking site. Avoid disclosing your email address and make sure you hide it on your page. Read more here:

  • Always have an active and up to date computer’s firewall

  • You will never be asked to verify your account details through

  • Always practice Safe Browsing

  • Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure

  • Be vigilant with what you download

  • There are sites that will take it a step further and give you a choice of some secret question when you are logging in

  • Keep your Personal Information Professional and Limited

  • Remember to check and keep Your Privacy Settings On

  • Choose Strong Passwords

  • Make Online Purchases From Secure Sites

  • Be careful what you post

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