Browsing the internet connects you with millions of other users and computers around the world. Some of these users choose to exploit this connectivity for malicious purposes such as stealing data or manipulating IT systems. Navigate through each of the links below to learn more about common security threats and how you can avoid falling victim to an attack.

Types of security threats

Malware Malware

Malware is any unwanted software that is installed without the user’s consent. Malware is used to disrupt computer operations, collect data or otherwise gain unauthorised access to private computer systems.


Phishing Phishing

Phishing is attempting to maliciously acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.


Spam Spam

Spamming refers to the use of electronic messaging systems (email) to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages (spam), especially advertising.


Spyware Spyware

Spyware gathers information about a person or organisation without their knowledge and may send this information to another entity without consent.


Reporting incidents

IT security incidents present a risk to the operation of Flinders University and the University community. Please report any suspicious activity.