Creating a safe password is crucial to protecting your personal financial and confidential information. Not only should you make sure each password is unique, long and strong; you should also get in the habit of changing it regularly.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating and handling your passwords:
• Choose a unique password – If you always use the same password and someone gets a hold of it, all of your information has been compromised. We understand it may be less convenient to make up individual passwords, but doing so will keep your information safer.
• Use a long password made up of numbers, letters and symbols.
• Avoid using personal information about yourself that might be available to the public. Think of numbers and symbols that are unique to you and can’t be easily guessed.
• Keep your passwords in a safe place and not in plain sight.
• Do not share your passwords with others.
• Consider a password protection app for your mobile or tablet device. Many of them are a free download and provide an offline place to store your passwords, security codes, credit card information and more.
• Stay up to date on the latest technology. According to staysafeonline.org, these are two additional ways to secure accounts:
- Multi-factor authentication uses more than one form of authentication, such as voice ID or finger scanning.
- Two-factor authentication uses a username and password in addition to another form of identification, such as security code. Many email services offer two-step verification on an opt-in basis.
At Bank Midwest we go to great lengths to make sure your personal information is protected. Go to our website to see exactly how we protect our customers and to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself. https://www.bankmidwest.com/help/security-center/
Source: staysafeonline.com, 2014