Keep secure when accessing University websites

Always check that a website is genuine before you enter your University IT account username and password.

Fake University website
Fake University website
Recently a number of fake websites have been published, that ask you to enter your University IT account username and password. This is a form of identity theft known as phishing. You should check the website is an official University of Leicester website before you use it.

How can I tell if a website is from the University?

  1. Website address - All university websites that ask for your username and password will have an address that ends in For example the website address of MyStudentRecord is or is the address for Blackboard. If you access a website that asks for your University IT account username and password, and it does not end, you may be providing your details to someone who is attempting to steal your login details.
  2. Design and language - Does the website include the University logo and look like other University websites? Does it refer to the ‘University of Leicester’? Are the pages well written? Are they free from spelling mistakes?
  3. Referral – How did you know to visit the website? Did you click on a link from a University website or email?

What should I do if I have entered my login details into a fake website?

If you believe you have accidentally provided your login details on a fake website, you should change your password immediately by following the instructions detailed on the IT Help website.

Need IT help?

For more information about phishing and how it can be used to commit identity theft, visit the Information Assurance website and see their guide for how to be aware of Phishing.

Contact the IT Service Desk on 0116 252 2253 or via email at Please make urgent queries by telephone.

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