Important Security Request: Please reset your Brown password now (Legitimate Email)

​From: William Thirsk <>
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021 3:39 PM
Subject: Important Security Request: Please reset your Brown password now

Dear Warren Alpert Medical School Faculty,

I am writing to you with an important request to update your password now to help protect your electronic information as well as Brown’s.

A strong password is one of the most important precautions you can take in protecting yourself and your information.  It is also very important that you choose a strong password with a mix of letters and numbers and even special characters such as #, $, or &.  It is also essential that you protect your password (e.g., don’t share it or give it away in a phishing attempt), and secure it through two-step authentication wherever possible.

While we have no indication that any Brown passwords have been compromised, it is out of an abundance of caution that we’re asking you to reset your Brown password at this time. If your Google password happens to be the same or you have reused your Brown password anywhere else, then it should be changed as well. You should have unique and strong passwords for each different account. You can change your Brown and Google passwords using MyAccount (

At present, if you need to access Brown’s VPN, you will need to install CrowdStrike for Home. Full details were in a communication sent to the Brown community on Thursday, April 8th and also available here.

Finally, we recommend that you take this opportunity to complete your “security tuneup” by enabling Google two-step if you haven’t already done so. Details are available at

If you need assistance, please reach out to the IT Service Center (contact details at

Bill Thirsk
Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer
Brown University

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