June is Internet Safety Month, and in today’s digital age, having a strong password is key to keeping your information safe online. With the increase in cyberattacks and data breaches, it is more important than ever to create a password that is both unique and difficult to crack. A strong password not only protects your personal information but also prevents unauthorized access to your bank account. In this context, it is important to understand what makes a password strong and secure. Keep reading for some tips and best practices for creating a strong password that will help keep your online accounts safe and secure:

  1. Length: Use a password that is at least 12 characters long. The longer your password, the harder it is to crack.
  2. Complexity: Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (e.g. @, #, $, %). This makes it more difficult for hackers to guess your password.
  3. Avoid obvious information: Don’t use easily guessable information like your name, pet’s name, birthdate, or phone number in your password. This information can be easily obtained by attackers.
  4. Avoid dictionary or “real” words: Don’t use common dictionary words as your password. Hackers use automated tools that can easily guess such passwords.
  5. Use a passphrase: Instead of a single word, use a passphrase that consists of multiple words. For example, “ItsDawgsNotDogs!” (don’t use this one).
  6. Don’t reuse: Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. If one account gets hacked, all your other accounts with the same password will also be at risk.
  7. Use a password manager: Consider using a password manager to generate and store strong passwords for you. This way, you don’t have to remember all your different passwords.

The internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, and it is crucial to prioritize our online safety and take proactive measures to protect ourselves in this digital age. If you ever suspect that your F&M Bank account has been compromised, please call or visit any of our convenient locations. www.fmbanknow.com/contact-us/