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5 Password Tips to Keep You Safe Online

National Password Day


It’s an alert that I appreciate, but even as a tech-savvy person; it sometimes seems daunting to set up effective and unique passwords for all my various online accounts.

On top of setting these hard passwords, remembering them can sometimes be even harder. But, honestly, that’s the point. As cyber criminals and hackers get more and more savvy and the high-profile hacks and thefts of consumer information continue to grow; keeping password protection top of mind is extremely important.

Which is why, in honor of National Password day, make sure you aren’t making these common password mistakes.

You write your password on a sticky note or place in a visible location, such as on your desk.

You always want to keep your passwords in a secure place, and our of plain view. Writing your passwords on a sticky note and putting on your desk, or other visible places is never a great idea. Also, as handy as it is to store passwords in your phone’s “notes”, it is not the most secure location either.

You share your passwords over email or on the phone.

First Southern National Bank (or really, any legitimate organization), will never ask for your password over email or phone. If a business or organization is doing this, be leery of this practice.

You use common words or phrases and do not use characters, numbers or symbols.

While most online accounts require the use of characters, numbers or symbols, make sure you are creating passwords that have at least eight characters and include numbers and symbols (like !@#$%^&*). Avoid common words as hackers can use programs to try every word in the dictionary!

  • Choose two or three words to create a combination word. “purple” and “picnic” becomes PPuircpnliec. Add in some numbers or special characters for an even stronger password!
  • An easy and effective option is to create a long password out of an easy-to-remember phrase, and throw in some special characters throughout.

You use your personal information, your login name or adjacent keys on the keyboard (like qwerty) as passwords.

Using passwords that contain personal information about you, is another way for your information online to be compromised. I recommend staying away from children’s names, birthdays, favorite football team, pet, etc. A caveat to this is if you utilize these details in combination with phrases, numbers, symbols, etc.

You use the same password for all of your online accounts and you never change them.

Change your passwords regularly (at least every 60 days) and use a different password for each online account you access. As difficult as it is to remember, choosing security over convenience is the best bet. If you have a hard time keeping the passwords separate, you can you the account name as a base. EX: F@ceb0ok_ PPuircpnliec

How many of these common password mistakes are you personally guilty of?

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So, join me, and First Southern National Bank, and participate in National Password Day. Maybe celebrate by changing any old passwords or a one that you are using for multiple accounts.

Jenna Walker
Communications Specialist

(606) 365-3555 Ext: 19405