Digital security

Digital security is about protecting our entire IT environment and all its users. By using the university's digital tools in a responsible and secure way, you help to maintain this protection.

The university's digital tools must not be used in a way that violates university's rules and applicable legislation.

Keep in mind that the student account as well as the GU card are personal and may not be used by anyone else.

Agreement of responsible use of the University of Gothenburg's IT resources

Protect your login information

Identity theft and data breaches are facilitated by easily guessed and predictable passwords. The password should contain at least eight characters consisting of mixed upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

  • Never give your password to anyone else.
  • Do not use the same password for different accounts (such as the student account and your private email account).
  • Multi-factor authentication, MFA, means that as an extra security measure you use two different verification steps when logging in to a service. Therefore, use MFA where possible, such as for your student email and Microsoft 365. 
  • If you suspect that someone has obtained your login details, change your password immediately!

About the student account and changing password

About the student email, Microsoft 365 and how to activate MFA

Be aware of phishing attempts

In phishing, the sender tries to gain access to sensitive information which is then used to steal information or spread viruses in your computer, to your storage areas or to your contacts.

  • Before clicking on links or opening attachments, ask yourself if the sender is known and the message is genuine.
  • Never give out login details via email.
  • Pay attention to emails containing bad language.
  • Forward suspicious email that you receive in your student email to the following address:

Protect your devices

The majority of all cyber attacks are enabled by already known flaws in equipment, apps and programs. The university does not require any particular type of personal computer for your studies, but for the use of certain software there may be specific requirements.

To protect your devices from intrusions, consider the following:

  • Always install and approve security updates on your computer, phone and other devices as soon as possible!
  • Use screen lock on all of your mobile devices, such as phones and tablets. 
  • Avoid connecting your devices to public open networks, such as in cafes and airports.
  • Only visit websites you trust, and only download applications from known and reputable publishers.

Report suspicious breaches

If you have received emails to your student email that you suspect are phishing attempts,  please report this to

Personal data incidents must be reported to

More information about personal data incidents