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Welcome back! We know you will be busy as the semester begins, so we have pulled together resources to help you with a variety of common security needs. See below for our roundup of guidance to help you get in the swing of the semester! 


Device security is essential for protecting your privacy and data. Sound device security involves using features built into your devices, such as setting a passcode, adjusting privacy settings, and protecting the device’s physical security. Protect your devices and data using the strategies in the how-to guides below.


Traveling with WashU information presents security concerns. Officials in some countries inspect electronic devices and may download material from them. Some countries have encryption import restrictions that prevent you from encrypting data on your device. Protect yourself and the university by not taking any sensitive or private information with you. Read the rest of our travel guidance here.


Criminals often try to manipulate people by exploiting their psychology and emotions. The list of links contains information on how to stay vigilant against this kind of manipulation.

If you suspect that your information, data, or passwords have been compromised, discover possible loopholes in your access to information, or find printed documents containing personal information, contact the Information Security Office immediately at or 314-747-2955.

Stay Informed 

Please read the Office of Information Security’s monthly SECURED newsletter to stay updated on the best practices and essential topics in Information Security. It contains news, strategies, and the latest information about the most significant issues facing our institution as we continue to keep our work and data secure. If you miss our emails, you can read our articles at News | Office of Information Security | Washington University in St. Louis (