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Three Things You Must Know…

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You’ve heard these messages before, but we’re here to remind you…don’t become a cyber victim! Here are three things you must know and do to protect yourself and the university from cyber-security attacks:

1. Use Strong Passwords
A strong password is easy to remember but hard for others to guess. Do not use information in passwords that could be easily associated with you, such as your pet’s name or your DOB. A passphrase, like the first letter of each word in your favorite quote, is an effective way to create complex but memorable passwords. Visit the Information Security Office’s password page to learn more.

2. Avoid Phishing Attempts
Do not click on anything that makes you suspicious! Listen to your instincts…Basic grammatical errors, misspelling of common words, or poor sentence structure are all warning signs that should make you think twice before clicking. Forward suspicious emails you receive in your UF email account to

3. Stay Away from Malware
Malware is short for “malicious software” and refers to viruses, ransomware, spyware, and more. Keeping devices up-to-date when an icon appears alerting you to an available upgrade is a good way to protect yourself against malware.

UFIT offers many FREE information security training options. “Cybersecurity @ UF” is offered on March 22 and again on April 19. To learn more and register, visit