Advice for students

A weekend discussion with your parents/guardians/carers.  

If your guardians have been working themselves into a frenzy in advance of your imminent departure to Oxford University, they may have done some research on the internet.  They may have even found the guidance from


You are used to having all the answers, give this a 10 minute read just to confirm that you still have all the answers (and follow us on Twitter for regular advice - @OX_IS).


Looking after money

You are likely to see great offers from banks in Oxford for your business, make sure that you follow the security advice that they give. 

Two key points:

  • Don’t transfer money in response to email demands of any sort; it is more than likely fraud. If you get one of these, report it to us.

  • Consider choosing a bank based on their security performance. 


Protect your reputation

What happens in Oxford, doesn’t stay in Oxford if it goes online. Think about what you are posting and what it says about you.  Be cautious on tone and content: even private message groups or short-lived postings can have screenshots taken and shared out of context.  Never be pressured to join in the trend of a discussion if you feel uncomfortable.  These may be subject to deliberate manipulation by someone else.

Don't fall to peer pressure to share intimate pictures, engage in harmful pranking, extreme content or any kind of radicalisation. The University has a dedicated equality and diversity team who can support you, please check out this link for useful information and guidance.  Hacking, cyber-stalking or other anti-social online behaviour is unprofessional and will not be tolerated at Oxford: if you feel you may be a victim of such behaviour you can always report anything to us.  We are here to help.


Protect your identity

In your first few days you’ll be filling in forms aplenty and passing out lots of information. Make a note when you have done this, and remember it’s ok to say “no” (or at least ask why) when asked for personal or contact details.  We will support clubs, colleges and departments with protecting your information.

Check that images you are posting do not contain metadata which include your location. Check out our guidance and advice on keeping your mobile devices secure.  

Be aware of the risk of identity theft and be cautious about how, and to whom, you transmit identity information. Check out our advice and guidance on keeping yourself safe online.

Fraud awareness

Some communications can appear credible, containing previously stolen information or even coming from a legitimate but compromised account.  If uncertain, do not respond.  Nobody at Oxford should ever ask you for account information (logins, bank details, etc.) over email, and neither should any other organisation.  Report any suspicious messages to Infosec and we will investigate.


Online dating

Use a reputable app and don't overshare personal information.  These are great places for bad actors to pick up information about you that is none of their business.  If you feel that someone has misused the information you shared with them, tell us and we will help.


Devices and Wi-Fi

Simple fixes can make a huge difference to your safety and security online a Check out our security advice.  Visit to get a free copy of Sophos Antivirus, University VPN, and other useful software.


Money making schemes/scams

Student life can be expensive.  Don't fall for a scheme that could result in you being involved in criminality or association with improper activity.


Keep coding legal

Good coders sometimes get drawn to the dark side.  You might even be approached to sell services on the darkweb. Don't limit your career potential with a criminal conviction.  Come and talk to us.  You can also join the Competitive Computer Security Society if you want to practice your skills in a safe environment.