At Legacy National Bank, we’re constantly focused on protecting your hard-earned money. We use the latest security for online banking including Multifactor Authentication and secure login, and we are constantly seeking new tech to stay ahead of would-be cyber attackers. You can rest assured your assets are safe from our end. You can also help us from your end by using strong passwords.
If you’re still using “password” for your password or relying on numbers related to birthdays, please strongly consider a change. With all of the information on the Internet, there are several ways criminals can get personal data. Passcodes related to birthdays, names of spouses, kids and relatives are the first combinations hackers will try.
You should also avoid having the same passwords for multiple applications. In other words, it’s a good idea to have a different password or sequence of numbers for your ATM, mobile banking, e-mail, and any other banking passcodes related to your checking accounts or savings accounts. Because once a hacker gets one of your passwords, they could try it on your other accounts.
Those are the password “don’ts” experts generally agree on; however, there are many schools of thoughts to what makes the “best” or strongest password. Here are a few ideas to increase your password strength.
One. Try not thinking in terms of pass “words” and instead think of pass “phrases.” A strong password is about 12 characters long. Use all sorts of characters and mix in lowercase and uppercase letters as well as digits and symbols. Also consider putting those uppercase letters in interesting places – not at the beginning of words.
Two. Try thinking of a nonsense sentence you’ll remember, that no one would ever say. Then, just use the first letter or couple letters in your code. Say your nonsense phrase is “Clinically depressed badgers wear pajamas at the disco on Wednesday afternoons.” Your password might be something like “cLdEbawepa@thdIowEaf.”
Three. Another approach is using an uncommon phrase as one word like thisisanuncommonphrase. You could also throw some digits and symbols in there for safe measure, but be sure to avoid patterns like 123, abc, or something you might see on a keyboard like “asdfghjkl;”
Of course, these are just ideas and tips to help get you started in the right direction. You can always stop in for a more detailed conversation with one of our trusted financial experts at any one of our banks in Northwest Arkansas. We will always take the time to develop a relationship with our customers and talk about the issues that concern them.