Protecting your GatorLink credentials and devices also helps protect the University’s data and reputation.


Protect Yourself: Use Strong Passwords
A strong password should be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. Do not use any information that could be easily associated with you, such as your pet’s name or your birthdate . A passphrase—for example, the first letter of each word in your favorite quote—is an effective way to create a complex but memorable password. Visit the Information Security Office’s password page (https://security.ufl.edu/learn-information-security/protect-yourself/data/passwords/) to learn more about strong passwords.

Protect Yourself: How to Spot, Avoid Phishing

  • Do not click on anything that makes you suspicious.
  • Hover your mouse pointer before clicking a link in an email to see if the web address it goes to matching the company or organization.
  • Look for basic grammatical errors, misspelling of common words, or poor sentence structure.

Forward suspicious emails from your UF email account to abuse@ufl.edu.

Protect Yourself: Stay Away from Malware
Malware is short for “malicious software” and refers to intrusive software like viruses, ransomware, spyware, and more. Keeping devices up-to-date with software upgrades and virus protection are great ways to protect yourself against malware. Contact the UF Computing Help Desk (132 Hub, helpdesk@ufl.edu, or 352-392-HELP) with questions about malware on a university device.

Compromised GatorLink Accounts
If you think your GatorLink credentials have been compromised, you should immediately change your password. To do that, navigate to account.it.ufl.edu. The UF Computing Help Desk is available 24/7 via phone (352-392-HELP/4357) or email (helpdesk@ufl.edu) if you have questions or need assistance changing your password.

Mobile Device Security
Lost or stolen mobile devices can expose personal information or confidential university data, like student grades and patient information. All mobile devices—including laptops, computers, smartphones, tablets, and USB thumb drives— must have encryption in order to connect to the UF network. Employees can be held liable for vulnerable data if a device is lost or stolen! Visit the Mobile Device Security page (https://security.ufl.edu/learn-information-security/mobile-device-security/) to learn how to keep your mobile devices safe and read the Mobile Computing and Storage Devices Policy.

UFIT offers a wide range of FREE information security training options. To learn more and register, visit https://training.it.ufl.edu.

  • Cyber Security @ UF
  • Archer Risk Management Training
  • More Options