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Protect yourself

This page aims to provide guidance on how to keep yourself protected from cyber threats. There are several actions you can take, depending on the device you are using.

Please noteSensitive University Data should not be stored or accessed from personal devices. Only University supplied devices should be used to access sensitive data.

Screen locking

To protect your device from being compromised, you need to set up a password and a screen lock. Screen locking prevents others accessing your device's information by requesting a password. To set up a strong password, check our Password Best Practice Guide page.

How to set up a lock screen for:

Remote Wipe

If your device has been lost or stolen, you can send a signal to your device to delete all the information stored on it. To do that, use the Office365 Remote Wipe tool from your University email account.

Please note: Encrypting or installing anti-virus protection on your device will not protect you if your device has been lost or stolen and you have not used a screen lock. 


Anti-virus protection

All managed computers (Student & Staff Desktops) are protected by anti-virus and updates are handled by IT. 

Personal devices

To comply with University policy, please make sure that your antivirus is constantly up-to-date. You should install the latest security updates for your OS as soon as possible and regularly thereafter.

   Windows You can install Microsoft Security Essentials for free (available for Windows 7,8,10 operating systems only). Check if your computer needs an update via the Start Menu.

   Apple Security updates are available from the Apple website.



Encryption is a means of securing information and allowing only owners of a ‘secret key’ to access the information. Encryption should always be used when you are transporting sensitive information outside of the University’s network storage.

How to encrypt removable media (e.g. USB)

The University of Dundee does not endorse the use of USB devices. Alternatively, you can use Box to securely store, sync and share files from everywhere.

For Windows devices

To encrypt a removable media device such as a USB, you can use BitLocker To Go. This software allows you to encrypt removable drives and restrict access to those who do not have the password. Therefore, no one would be able to use your device unless they know the password.

How to use BitLocker To Go

If you forgot your BitLocker to Go password, please contact the IT Service Desk for help.

For Mac devices

How to encrypt a Desktop or Laptop

For Windows devices

For Mac devices