In our digital world, there is a password for everything. Whether it’s your phone, social media, email, Online Banking or anything in between, it’s important to keep your information safe by creating strong passwords.
Ideally passwords should be safe, memorable and long.
Strategies for a Strong Password
- Make it complex. Your password should be at least 8 characters with a mix of letters, numbers, capitalization and special characters. A password generator like KeePass can help you create a unique, difficult-to-break password.
- Take a sentence and turn it into a password. The sentence can be anything personal and memorable for you. Take the words from the sentence, then abbreviate and combine them in unique ways to form a password. Use movie quotes, song lyrics, favorite sayings, etc.
- Connect the first letters of a passphrase. Take a long phrase and use the first letter of each word. Be sure to add in special characters and numbers. Make sure the phrase does not include easily recognizable information, such as childrens’ names and street addresses.
- Think of reversing words. With either of the above methods you can reverse words to make them even more secure.
- Pick a pattern on the keyboard. Passwords can be based on keyboard patterns. For example, a counter-clockwise spin around the letter f could result in "gtrdcvg." If you add in random symbols and numbers, you have an easily remembered pattern.
Important Tip! If you have trouble remembering your passwords you might benefit from a secure password storage app such as KeePass or LastPass.
Tips for Keeping Your Password Safe
- Each major account you have should have a different password. Avoid using the same password over and over.
- Change your passwords regularly. Try not to use an old password for at least a year after you change it.
- If you suspect something suspicious on one of your accounts, change your password immediately.
- Do not give anyone your password and do not write it down. It may be tempting to write your password on a Post-it note, but it’s one of the first places thieves look.
- Install malware-prevention software to prevent malware that allows key stroke loggers to learn your password.
- Be careful using the “remember password” function in your browser. If someone gets a hold of your computer, they will also have access to your accounts.
- Logging into public Wi-Fi? Avoiding entering passwords while on a shared, public network.
- When requesting a password change, make sure the answers to your security questions are not easily accessible on social media.
Rivermark Online & Mobile Banking Password Requirements
Rivermark’s Online Banking requires a password of 8 or more characters, and should be a mix of letters, numbers or symbols. We suggest that you change your password regularly.
On your mobile device, you can set up secure biometric login using your thumbprint or eyeprint ID.
If you have any questions regarding your passwords, or Online Banking security, please give us a call at 503.626.6600 or 800.452.8502.