IT Safety and Security

Anti-Virus Software

Up-to-date software must be installed before connecting to the network.  The University offers Sophos Anti-Virus free for all members at  Login using your SSO userid and download the appropriate client

Anti-Spyware Software

This offers additional protection against spyware, trackers and such like.   Recommended free-to-use versions include Spybot Search and Destroy (https:// www. or MalwareBytes (

Operating System Patches

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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Lectures and Seminars
19 - 19
Dec Dec
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Thursday 19 December - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The long-term goal of the Ātea Project — which is part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenges — is to help build prosperous, culturally thriving and technology-driven Māori economies for future generations.

Art Exhibition
07 - 25
Jan Mar
Haiku poetry composed by the President, with illustrations
Tuesday 7 January - 9:00am to Wednesday 25 March - 4:00pm

This exhibition is located in the corridor between the Buttery and the Cafe. 

16 - 18
Jan Jan
From Concept to Monument: Time and Cost of Construction in the Ancient World
Thursday 16 January - 1:00pm to Saturday 18 January - 6:30pm

The conference sets an exclusive focus on modelling the costs of construction over the course of 1,500 years, from Archaic Greece to the early middle ages. Over the last decade, the general interest in building costs and organisational aspects of historical construction has seen a rise in popularity amongst scholars working on pre-modern architecture.