Theft of Personal Information at UF

Filed under Administrative, Information Tech on October 1, 2017.

Identity theft crimes are now so common that you read about a new breach daily on social media feeds.  Attempts take place here, on campus, every day!   If you do one thing to protect your accounts, identity, and mobile devices, make that one thing be to guard against phishing.

Phishing is when a cybercriminal attempts to steal personal information through social engineering in an email. Often, the email is made to look like it comes from a familiar organization, like the UF Computing Help Desk, but contains a link for a website set up to steal your log-in credentials and/or personal information.  GatorLink password credentials have been stolen, and students have given personal information (including their address and bank routing number) via phishing emails.  To help you make more informed decisions, please review the following information provided by UF’s Information Security Office:

  1. NO ONE FROM UF WILL EVER ASK FOR YOUR GATORLINK CREDENTIALS AND PASSWORD…NO ONE!
  2. Before clicking on a link embedded in an email, place the mouse pointer over the link and inspect the web address the link goes to. If you are suspicious of the web address…do not click.
  3. Students who think they have clicked on a phishing link should immediately change their GatorLink password.  Assistance changing GatorLink passwords is available 24/7 from the UF Computing Help Desk (352-392-HELP/4357, helpdesk@ufl.edu).

More information on phishing awareness and staying safe online is available for you at https://security.ufl.edu/welcome/.