Students: why it's important to further educate yourselves about online risks

September is always a month of change: a new season, a new school year and thousands of students heading off to further education for the first time. But as students head into the exciting new world, it's worth pointing out the online risks facing all undergraduates.

Here are a few tips to help students protect their data and accounts from the threat of cyber crime.

Think before you click on a link

Phishing attacks, where criminals impersonate well-known companies to try and steal your personal data, are increasingly common, especially now that devices store a large amount of user information. Take care with URLs sent via SMS, messaging apps such as Whatsapp, or email. To avoid becoming a victim, always go to the sender's official website instead of clicking on the link in the message.

Use a different password for everything!

Having to think of a different password for the platforms you use every day is a pain, we know this. It’s hard to remember them all, and it would be so much easier to use the same one for everything. But there is no greater joy for a hacker than to come across such a user.

Any student who relies on a “one password fits all” approach could see all their accounts hacked in record time. To avoid this, it’s essential to create a unique password for each app or service. A secure password manager such as Dashlane