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Password Protection: Creating Secure Passwords for a Safer Online Experience

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Whether you're a casual online shopper, regularly use online banking or just sporadically log into your favorite social networking sites, chances are you'll need to create passwords to access your information. Many sites you'll encounter have ways of helping you create strong passwords. They may have a meter that changes from red to green as you type or they may give you specific requirements for password protection.

Regardless, it helps to know what makes for better password protection. Consider creating passwords that:

  • Contain different upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and special symbols, such as an &, %, or !, where allowed.
  • Use the first letters of a phrase. For instance, if your favorite book is "Moby Dick," you may consider "CmICh1!," which would stand for "Call me Ishmael" from Chapter 1—the first line of the first chapter of the book.
  • Use more than one word, such as "summerskyrainclouds." That way, it's more difficult to guess than if it were simply "summer." Better yet, substitute numbers and/or symbols for some of the letters: "$umm3rskyra1ncl0uds"
  • Do not include family names, birthdays and anniversaries, as these may be easier to guess.

In addition to creating strong passwords for better protection, you should also:

  • Ensure that your computer's anti-virus and anti-spyware software are up to date.
  • Use only the most recent browsers.
  • Never write down or store your passwords in a file on your computer.
  • Always log off of online sessions when you're done.

For more information about staying safe online and how Ally Bank is working to protect your personal information, visit our Security Center. To learn more about all of our practices and products, go to Allybank.com or call live, 24/7 customer care at 877-247-ALLY (2559) today.