The Cost of Phishing: Money, Time, Personal Files

“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.

Secure the Swamp Online Scavenger Hunt

October 2021 marks the 18th year of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. With the increasing threat of cyberattacks to universities around the world, information security is more timely than ever. UF participates in the initiative every year to empower students, faculty, and staff to own their role in protecting themselves and the university.

This year’s campaign is centered on a “Secure the Swamp!” online scavenger hunt. Each week in October, UFIT will share tips on social media focusing on three themes: phishing, securing your remote work environment, and mobile device security. Students and employees can then test their cybersecurity knowledge by answering four questions on these topics. The hunt begins on Monday, October 25, at 8 a.m. and ends Friday, October 29, at 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to win an exclusive “Secure the Swamp!” T-shirt.

Remember, the UF Information Security Office can’t protect UF by itself. It’s our shared responsibility to keep the university’s data and systems secure. Visit to participate in the scavenger hunt and find more resources. Also, follow UFIT on Twitter (@GoGatorsUFIT), Facebook (@GoGators.UFIT), Instagram (@gogators_ufit), and YouTube (/GoGatorsUFIT) for some clues!