Protect yourself online

Unfortunately, more and more people interacting online has led to an increase in the number of hackers, fraudsters, criminals and cyberbullies targeting people online with malicious or abusive emails, posts on social media and texts.

Scam emails (phishing)

Phishing emails are an attempt to con you in to revealing personal or sensitive information. This activity can lead to abuse of accounts, deletion, data leaks and even the theft of your identity and money.

Find our how to spot and avoid scam emails: Avoiding scams and malware

Social media

Many people leave themselves open to malicious attacks, reputational damage or personal embarrassment because they do not understand the risks of sharing information online.

  • Make sure you know exactly what you are sharing and who you are sharing it with.
  • Take time to understand and set up security settings. Most social networks allow you to control who sees what. 
  • Do not upload images or text to social media that you would not be happy for the world to see. Be aware that networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram are public spaces.
  • Always logout after use and keep your passwords secret. If you do not, your account could be hacked.


Being threatened or abused online or anywhere else is never acceptable. If you have been a victim of bullying or harassment in any context, there are many routes for support and advice.

Report it to the ICT Security team

If you are experiencing problems online or have a sensitive query relating to IT security, we encourage you to contact the ICT Security team directly, who are happy to help you put a stop to it.

ICU Advice Centre

The Imperial College Union Advice Centre offers advice and support on a wide range of issues.

College tutors

Every department has a comprehensive system of academic and pastoral care in place to make sure that you always have someone to whom you can turn.

Student counselling

The Student Counselling Service offers short-term counselling to all registered students.

Useful resources