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Tips for a strong password

Protect your online information

Using a strong password helps keep your information secure. Longer passwords are harder to guess. A strong password has a minimum length of eight characters. Some systems require a minimum number of characters (including First National's personal and business Internet banking services).

Create your own strong password

Here are some ways to come up with your own strong password. Use one character from three of the following four character types:

  • Upper case letters - A B C D E F
  • Lower case letters - g h i j k l
  • Numbers - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
  • Special characters - ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( + ) = ~

Passwords SHOULD NOT be:

  • Easily guessed
  • Anyone's name, a place or proper noun
  • A phone, account or Social Security number
  • Related to your job or personal life
  • Found in the dictionary
  • A string of numbers or letters only
  • A pattern such as from the keyboard (asdfg)

Password creation examples

One method for picking a good password is to use your own easily remembered phrase to make an acronym. Then, modify it using the tips above.

For example . . . the phrase: Good passwords are not that hard to choose

Could be: gPanth2c

A better password would use a special symbol instead of a letter in place of one of the words.

Here an exclamation point is used in place of the word "not:" gPa!th2c

Here the symbols<> are used in place of the word "not:" gPa<>th2c

Here's another example, using the phrase: This may be one way to remember

TmB1w2R! or Tmb1W>r

NOTE: DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE EXAMPLES AS PASSWORDS!

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