Security & privacy

Information security

Remember to sign out!

It is your responsibility to protect your account by ensuring you have signed out before leaving your computer.

Signing into UVic allows you the convenience of only needing to enter your username and password once. It is important for you to remember the following to prevent others from accessing your account and services:

  • Click the "sign out of UVic" link from the UVic bar at the top of the page indicating your name and status.
  • Navigating away from a UVic website will not automatically sign you out of UVic.
  • Never share your passphrase with anyone for any reason.
  • Ensure you have a strong passphrase that is hard for others to guess.
  • Change your passphrase immediately, if you feel your account has been compromised.
  • Sign in/out attempts are logged for monitoring, operational and troubleshooting purposes.
  • Only use the "keep me signed in for 8 hours" and "remember my NetLink ID" on secure computers where you have sole access and in a secure location. Do not use in a computer lab, an internet cafe, or on a shared account on a home computer.

By taking these steps, you will help protect your privacy and the security of information important to you and to UVic.

For further details please refer to the University of Victoria's Information Security Policy - IM7800

Report a problem

The University Systems Computer Help Desk is your primary point of contact for computing service and support at the University of Victoria. Please visit the Computer Help Desk for reporting problems and checking system status.


Additional information

Our commitment to your security and privacy

  • We maintain strict control over who can access your personal information
  • We help keep your personal information safe if your identity information is lost or stolen
  • We collect only personal information for the services you need access to

Signing in and your privacy

Your NetLink ID is your online identification at the University of Victoria. NetLink IDs can be used to access the computing services and applications which use the Sign in Service. Signing into UVic means you just need to enter your NetLink username and password once for most services on campus.

Protect your NetLink ID username and passphrase
Remember to sign out!

It is your responsibility to protect your account by ensuring you are signed out before leaving your computer.

Policies and guidelines

By signing in you will be authorized to access your applications and websites that use the Sign in to UVic service. Use is subject to but not limited to the following policies and guidelines:

For further information, see the listing of University Policies.