Strong Passwords

Passwords can allow access to your accounts. For your safety, they should be “strong”, meaning they should not be able to be guessed or inferred by unauthorized people.

Here are some recommendations to construct your own strong passwords:

  • Use passwords that have at least eight characters and include numbers or symbols. The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. A 12-character password is stronger than one with eight characters.
  • Avoid common words.
  • Don't use your personal information, your login name, or adjacent keys on the keyboard as passwords.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Don't use the same password for each online account you access.

You should treat your password the same way you treat your Check Card or ATM Card PIN (Personal Identification Number). Please memorize it and don't write it down.

To learn more about passwords, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website Onguardonline.

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