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Protecting Your Passwords and PINs

Passwords and PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) are intended to protect your accounts from being accessed by other people.  If your password/PIN falls into the wrong hands, it could cause you a lot of trouble.  Follow these tips to protect your password/PINs.

When creating your password and/or PIN, avoid using the following:

  • The word "password"
  • Your name
  • Your mother's maiden name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your pet's name
  • Your phone number (home, business or cell)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • The numbers "1234" or any consecutive sequence of numbers

Tips for safe password development and practice:

  • Try using a combination of letters (capitalized and lower case) and numbers.
  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • Avoid using the same password for everything.  [It may be easy for you to remember, but it'll also make it easy for an identity thief to steal all of your information at once.]
  • Do not disclose your password to anyone.
  • When entering your password or PIN at an ATM location, check your surroundings to make sure no one is able to see you enter your information.
  • If you're going to write down your passwords, keep that information in a safe place.  Never keep it in your wallet.

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