IT Safety and Security
Up-to-date software must be installed before connecting to the network. The University offers Sophos Anti-Virus free for all members at https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/software Login using your SSO userid and download the appropriate client
This offers additional protection against spyware, trackers and such like. Recommended free-to-use versions include Spybot Search and Destroy (https:// www. safer-networking.org/dl/) or MalwareBytes (https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/).
Make sure the OS on your device is set to download the latest security updates. Unpatched systems are at risk of the latest Trojan attacks.
Phishing emails are usually devised to try and obtain personal information such as usernames and/or passwords, or financial information such as banking details. Common fake emails pretending to be from the University are aimed at obtaining your SSO user details by claiming you need to login and ‘verify' your account, that your mailbox is nearly full, or that your password is about to expire.
There are, however, some obvious ways to distinguish between fake and genuine emails.
Things to note in a fake email:
- Not sent from an Oxford email address
- Links to follow are not Oxford addresses
- Use of exclamation marks and other emphatic wording to act soon.
- Not addressed to you personally. No indication that the sender knows your SSO/userid.
- Vague details about the sender.
- Poor English. Look out for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
Things to note in a genuine email:
- Addressed to you by name.
- Sender knows and uses SSO/userid.
- Gives specific information that can be checked by you.
- Genuine Oxford links often with personalised information. Hover over a link to verify it actually points where it claims.
- It may contain a link to instructions on how to reset a forgotten password, not a request to email a password back to the sender.
- It will provide lots of ways to contact the sender to check if the email is genuine.
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Annual Lecture21 - 21May MayAnnual Berlin Lecture 2020Thursday 21 May - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BY THE ORGANISER*
Further details including title and abstract to follow. Launched in 1990 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the College's Founding President, Sir Isaiah Berlin, the Berlin Lecture is in his own field of study, the history of ideas. Each Trinity Term, we welcome speakers of the stature of Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Roy Foster, Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Ignatieff and Baroness Helena Kennedy.