by Jac La Tour

When I joined the ECCU staff, I was surprised by the scope of training we receive here. Regular training on matters of banking security is mandatory, even for those like me who don’t handle member’s money or have access to their personal information. 

Some of this training is fascinating. In one session a video showed us the sophisticated methods hackers use to get at people’s information online. It had an effect similar to that old documentary Scared Straight. I left the session and immediately changed many of my passwords to make them more secure. 

A recent Forbes article used a little intrigue to underscore the importance of picking smart passwords. “25 ‘Worst Passwords’ of 2011 Revealed” makes you smile unless yours is on the list. My favorite is “letmein.” 

Besides a chuckle, the article gives readers practical guidance, including three tips from a list of password best practices created by NASA to help safeguard their rocket science, including: “It should contain a mix of four different types of characters – upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;” If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be either the first or last character in the password.” 

Have you chosen smart passwords to protect your important information and assets?

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