facts provided or learned about something or someone

Think of your personal information—such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, medical information—as the furniture in your house. Your passwords are the keys to that house. Just as you would never leave your house keys unattended or leave your front doors unlocked, you should be mindful of ‘closing and locking the door’ to your personal information.

The information that we as members of the university need to protect includes personal and/or identifying student, faculty, staff and patient information, intellectual property, research data, patient health records and more. The cyber security of WashU is our shared responsibility. Using cyber security safe practices is important for everyone in the university community.

Safety Tips

  1. Use strong passwords that are regularly changed.
  2. Do not use the same password on all accounts.
  3. Never share passwords.
  4. Don’t allow sites to store passwords.
  5. Protect all devices that connect to the Internet.
  6. Store and share content in WUSTL Box and/or O365 OneDrive.
  7. Confirm that you’re enrolled in WashU 2FA two-factor authentication service.

What To Do if Your Information Has Been Compromised

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