Password Protection

The "Do's and Don'ts" of Password Protection

Choosing the right password for Online Banking can provide added security in protecting both your account information and your identity. Here are some key tips to help ensure your account is secure and protected:

DO

  • Use passwords that have at least eight characters and include numbers and/or symbols
  • Create strong passwords by converting memorable phrases into passwords – converting some letters into numbers that resemble letters. For example: “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck” would become “HmWc@wC” or “bubble” would become “3u33le.”

DON’T

  • Use common words: Some hackers use programs that can try every word in the dictionary
  • Use your personal information (birth date, mother’s maiden name, your telephone number), your login name or adjacent keys on the keyboard as passwords
  • Use the the last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • Share your passwords on the Internet, over e-mail or on the phone