Keeping safe and legal

This section covers what you need to do to keep your data, computers and devices safe.

Safe computing

What
Protecting computers and information at work and home is important to mitigate loss of your data if your computer is lost, stolen or damaged, and to protect against hacking, phishing and viruses. Digital information, such as images or personal information can also be easily shared with others without the necessary permissions.

Why
Knowing how to identify risks and keep your data and devices safe is important in your studies and in protecting the reputation and data of employers.

How
Read the University’s guide to safe computing

Understanding copyright

What
Copyright is the right of the creator of an original work to control its copying, reuse, and dissemination. If you are using someone else’s work you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do with it, particularly in a digital environment where materials such as images are easy to copy and use in, for instance, blog posts.

Why
Understanding how copyright works may sound dull, but it is very important to be able to know whether you can use and reuse online materials, especially as some rules change when you are moving from an education to employment context.

How
This is the University’s guidance on copyright.

The library’s guide to using images

Student Digital Literacies resources

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