Protect Yourself:Choose a hacker-proof password

Date May 18, 2009

Think about your passwords for a minute. How many do you have? Are they all pretty similar? And how hard would it be for someone to guess what they are?

You may have passwords for your debit card, your credit card, your online banking, and your favorite web sites. It probably only took you a few seconds to choose each one. Unfortunately, if you weren’t careful (“My birth date! Perfect”) it may not take long for a clever hacker to guess them.

Since they safeguard some of your most important information, you really want to choose passwords that will provide a solid layer of security. Here are some tips for setting up hacker-proof passwords:

  1. Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
  2. If the password is case-sensitive, make some letters capitals and others lower-case.
  3. Stay away from obvious choices such as your birth date, your address, your pet’s name or your last name. Never use your social security number!
  4. Make your password at least 8 characters long.

For maximum security you should change your passwords from time to time, and avoid writing them down. Try taking a favorite phrase, and tweaking it just a bit to make a password. For example, “Born to run” might turn into bOrn2rUn. Many financial institutions now use a second layer of security for online banking. Matadors Community Credit Union has enhanced its online banking login procedures to offer members additional security.

If you would like information on MCCU’s free online banking or any other products or services, please don’t hesitate to call us at (818) 993-6328, visit us online or stop by one of our branches.

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