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When your banking account and debit cards hold as much sensitive information as they do, it’s important potential thieves can’t gain access.
Sixty-one percent of people admit to using their passwords across multiple websites, and 44 percent of consumers change their password just once a year (or less), according to a 2018 survey. As a result, 1 out of 5 people’s online accounts have been compromised.
How can you ensure your financial information remains safe?
Start with your password. Your online banking password shouldn’t match other passwords you’ve set for email, social sites and other accounts. Make sure your password doesn’t fall on the list of the top 20 worst passwords from sans.org.
Remember, the strongest passwords contain:
Make sure your password can’t be easily guessed on user information such as birthdate, postal code or phone number.
For unique variations, consider passphrases (e.g. PlantingIsMyPassion4Ever), swapping letters for numbers and/or symbols (e.g. $@veM0ney2Day!) or reversing spelling (e.g. technology = ygolonhcet).
Ten thousand possible variations exist for a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN).
When choosing yours, avoid:
To create a memorable PIN, try:
Have trouble remembering all of your passwords and PINs? Consider using a password manager app like 1Password, Dashlane or LastPass to securely store all of them for you. For additional security tips, check out sans.org.