Think Before You Click

cyber-security-1BU is aware that students from, and applying to, other universities have been targeted with spam, phishing emails and websites designed to look as though they legitimate agencies but are in fact malicious and designed to deliver malware and/or gather sensitive information.

Then there are sites which may be legitimate but ask for a username and password as part of the registration process in such as way it may unknowingly influence you into to disclosing your Uni credentials.

We can confirm that your BU username and password, or any other BU credentials, should not be use anywhere else but on BU systems. e.g. Systems delivered by or through Bournemouth University (

For your own protection please be aware Cyber related threats are constantly being developed to beat our own counter security measures and can cause considerable harm to individuals, as many attempt to steal personal identifiable information. They can also have a huge impact on the university’s IT operations.

We’re not aware that any BU students have been affected but please protect yourself and the university by taking time to be vigilant.

To find out more about these types of threats and how to protect yourself and others, please head to Get Safe Online or contact BU’s Cyber Security Unit or BU IT Services Helpdesk.

Remember to change your password!

Passwords are like toothbrushes – change them often and never share them with anyone.

It’s important to change your password regularly; it’s easy to do, just follow these simple steps:

On Campus:
Logged on to a BU networked PC, press the ‘Ctrl+Alt+Delete’ keys and select ‘Change a Password.’

Off Campus:
Reset your password before it expires by going to the Student Portal and selecting ‘Log-in services’. Click on ‘Change your password’ (found in the menu on the left). You will be required to enter your Username and Password.

Your password must:

  • Be different to your last 5 passwords
  • Contain a minimum of 8 characters
  • Include 3 of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, symbols.

You cannot change your password for at least 2 days after it has been reset.

Note: The IT Department at Bournemouth University will never ask you to reset your password by clicking on a link sent in an email nor ask for your username and password details by email.

If you have any queries or issues please contact the IT Service Desk on 01202 965515 or visit the IT Services website.