Information Security for Students
Are you a student at Aalborg University and have questions about information security? Then you have come to the right place! On this page you will find a variety of information about information security at AAU and how you as a student can best handle it.
What is expected of me?
As a student at Aalborg University, you are generally responsible for protecting the information you work with in connection with your study programme. In short, this means that you are responsible for ensuring that information is processed, stored and shared in a responsible and secure manner. This applies, among other things:
- The data you work with in your study projects
- Your projects themselves and the exercises you do in connection with your lessons
- Lists of those attending the next Friday Bar in the student union
Because the security of the information you handle is your own responsibility, there are no official rules you MUST follow. Instead, you will find a number of recommendations on this website that you can use in your work with data.
7 tips to keep your information secure
Store your study data on AAU-approved platforms
Protect your passwords
You've probably heard it a thousand times before, but try as much as possible not to reuse the same password over and over again for all your logins. Your passwords are also more secure if you don't include your name and birthday. You can read more about passwords at AAU here.
Don't share your passwords with others
It can be tempting to send your login to a friend to help you with something on your account. Even if your friend would never misuse it, there's now someone else who knows your login - and many more if you've passed it on via online messages. Also, always remember to log out if you've been using someone else's computer - and avoid public computers as much as possible.
Nothing is free
There's often a reason why you can connect to Wi-Fi for free or download apps and programmes without having to pay with money. Instead, you pay with your data. Of course, you are in control of your personal data, but keep in mind that your interviewees or survey respondents have not necessarily given their consent for their information to be shared with third parties.
Avoid taking the bait
One of the most common hacker attacks is phishing. People with the intention of stealing your information send you messages that on the surface may look like the real thing. Therefore, it's a good idea to be sceptical when MitID, Føtex and foreign princes want you to click on their links.
Keep track of your equipment
One of the best things you can do to secure the information you work with on campus is to keep your devices and yourself up to date. New updates for your computer and mobile phone often patch old security holes - and you can patch the gaps in your information security knowledge by clicking around this website.
Turn off Bluetooth and Airdrop
By turning off Bluetooth and Airdrop when you're not using it, you can prevent others from logging into your network or viewing your files.
Report a Security Incident
Want to report a security incident? Or are you curious about what a security incident actually is? As an employee or student at AAU, you must report security incidents as soon as you experience them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you have a question that you haven't found the answer to yet? Then you might be lucky that others have asked the same question before. On this page you will find the most frequently asked questions about information security at Aalborg University.