Cybersecurity awareness for students

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Every day we take steps to ensure the protection of our personal items that are valuable to us; why not take the necessary steps to protect our online information? At the University of Victoria, we all play a part in the security of ourselves and others. Understand cybersecurity, be UVicCyberAware.


How do I stay safe? 

  • Educate yourself - Familiarize yourself with best practices and safe computing habits. 
  • Create strong passphrases - Create strong and distinct passphrases for your accounts, and do not share them with anyone! 
  • Secure your devices and computers - Your personal devices often contain sensitive and confidential data. Ensure you are taking the necessary steps to keep this data safe, like keeping your computer's operating system, anti-virus and software updated and backing up your data. 
  • Stay aware of potential scams - Avoid tricks and traps used to get confidential information about you and your accounts by staying up to date on known scams. 

UVicCyberAware 2021

Contest Now Over

Thanks to all those who entered the 2021 CyberAware contest to learn about cybersecurity and become more CyberAware. Five students each won a $100 VISA giftcard in our 2021 #UVicCyberAware contest. Congratulations!

Instagram takeover

On October 7, UVic's Chief Information Security Officer, Nav Bassi, took to the UVic Instagram to answer your questions on secure passphrases, protecting your accounts, how to get into a career in cybersecurity, and more. Watch the recap on YouTube: 

UVicCyberAware booth

From October 18-22, we had a CyberAware booth where students could stop by to play a cybersecurity game, win swag, chat with our cybersecurity experts, and more.

Image of CyberAware booth with two people


A special thanks to all those who helped with UVicCyberAware 2021, including:

  • Zoe Johnston for creating all of the 2021 UVicCyberAware graphics
  • Allison Edwards for work on the UVicCyberAware quiz
  • UC&M for assisting with social media posts and the UVic Instagram takeover
  • LTSI for assiting with promoting UVicCyberAware on Brightspace

Additional Information

Hungry for more cybersecurity related tips and tricks? Get all the information you need to help protect your devices and yourself in the following pages: