October 25, 2021
“I should have recognized the red flags. I thought it was easy to avoid phishing emails, but I was wrong. I should have taken the email more seriously, and I had to try to get my account back and missed a test. Thankfully, that’s the only thing I missed.”
When it comes to phishing, it’s possible to lose everything in one click, but you’ll never understand the consequences until it happens to you. In UFIT’s video, three students share real stories from victims of cybercrime.
These examples show what could happen after falling for a phish, from locking you out of your computer to rerouting financial aid money to a cybercriminal’s bank account. But the impacts aren’t limited to one person. One incident is all it takes to shut down UF systems or expose student records, research data, and patient information. With so much at stake, it’s important for everyone at UF to remain skeptical of what arrives in their inbox.
The UF Information Security Office has more information about phishing on its website. You can also participate in the Secure the Swamp! online scavenger hunt from October 25-29 to sharpen your cybersecurity skills.