Information Technology Services IT Security Office
PATRIOT WEB SECURITY QUESTIONS

Patriot Web logo To better protect Mason’s faculty and staff from increasingly tenacious and persistent cyber attacks, additional security features have gone into effect on Patriot Web. All George Mason University employees (including student wage employees) who access Patriot Web will need to answer a security question every time they log in to the site.

These Patriot Web Security Questions will provide additional protection for the confidential and sensitive information inside Patriot Web. This extra layer of security will make it more difficult for hackers to access our community’s personal information.

Setting up your Patriot Web Security Questions

When you log in to Patriot Web, you will be directed to immediately set up your Patriot Web Security Questions.


How do I change my security question after I have set them up?

After you log in to Patriot Web, click on the Personal Information tab and click on the Change Patriot Web Security Questions link.

 

What happens if I answer my Patriot Web security questions incorrectly?

If you answer all of your security questions incorrectly, you will be locked out of Patriot Web. You will need to visit the ITS Support Center (Innovation Hall, Room 226) in person or submit a Request to Unlock Patriot Web form to restore your access.

 

What criteria should I use to make up my security questions?

A good security question has the following criteria:

  1. Safe: cannot be guessed or researched
  2. Stable: does not change over time
  3. Memorable: can be remembered
  4. Simple: is precise, simple, consistent
  5. Many: has many possible answers

 

Are there any examples of security questions?

Below are some examples of good security questions.

  • What is the first name of your spouse's father?
  • What was your High School Mascot?
  • In what city or town did you meet your spouse/partner?
  • In what city or town did your mother and father meet?
  • In what town or city was your first full time job?
  • What is the make of your first car?
  • What is the name of your first pet?
  • What is the name of your first school?
  • What is your oldest child's nickname?
  • What is the name of the place your wedding reception was held?
  • What is the name of your favorite childhood friend?
  • What school did you attend for sixth grade?
  • What time of the day was your first child born? (hh:mm)
  • What time of the day were you born? (hh:mm)
  • What was the house number and street name you lived in as a child?
  • What was the last name of your third grade teacher?
  • What was the make and model of your first car?
  • What was the name of the company where you had your first job?
  • What was the name of the hospital where you were born?
  • What was the name of your elementary / primary school?
  • What was the name of your first stuffed animal or doll or action figure?
  • What was your childhood nickname?
  • What was your favorite food as a child?
  • What was your favorite place to visit as a child?
  • What was your favorite sport in high school?
  • What were the last four digits of your childhood telephone number?
  • Where were you New Year's 2000?
  • Who is your childhood sports hero?
  • Who was your childhood hero?
  • What is your youngest child's nickname?