A New Tool to Protect Yourself
A strong, hard-to-guess password—one you update on a regular basis but can easily remember—is one of your top defenses against banking and identity fraud. Ever since Wescom introduced eBranch, we’ve been encouraging members to use the most secure passwords possible, and now we’ve made it easier than ever to do so.
The next time you update your eBranch password, we’ll rate its strength to make sure you have the best protection against unauthorized access. We’re also providing some guidelines for writing passwords and achieving maximum effectiveness.
Choose Your Digits
Your password can be 6 to 20 digits long and can include any combination of upper- or lower-case letters, numbers, and most special characters. The only characters not allowed are semicolon (;), colon (:), “at” sign (@), and tilde (~).
Tips for a Secure Password:
- Increase your password length to a minimum of 6 digits.
- Include at least one upper-case letter and one lower-case letter.
- Include at least one number.
- Include at least one special character.
- Avoid using any word used in the dictionary.
- Avoid using repeated or easily guessed numeric values—e.g., 1111 or 1234.
- Avoid using the same password on different systems. If someone gets your password on one system, they could gain access wherever you’re using it.
- Change your password regularly—every 90 days is a good rule.
- Don’t use easy-to-guess information, such as your name, birth date, address, phone number, etc.
- Don’t use any information from your driver’s license or identification.
- Don’t write your password down.
- Don’t include your password in any computer file, including documents, web pages, and emails.
- Don’t leave your computer unattended after logging in to eBranch, and be sure to log out when you’re finished.
Don’t Wait! Update Your Password Today.
If you haven’t changed your password lately, take a minute to do so now. Just log on to eBranch select “Options” from the left-hand menu, choose the “eBranch Settings” option, then select “Update eBranch password.” A measuring bar will rate your password on a scale ranging from “Very Weak” to “Very Strong.”
And Don’t Forget ...
Finally, when you update your eBranch password, be sure to also update your password within the Personal Finance Management applications or on websites such as Mint or Quicken.