Thursday, August 30, 2012

Web Branch Passwords Now Up to 32 Characters

The first defense in protecting your online accounts is choosing a good password. Beyond including numbers, symbols and capital letters, password length also plays a role.

In our ongoing effort to improve the security of Web Branch, we now allow you to choose a password of up to 32 characters. By allowing more characters, you can now use a "passphrase" rather than just a single word password. A favorite saying or song lyric is usually easy to remember and makes your password virtually uncrackable.

From Wikipedia:
Typical advice about choosing a passphrase includes suggestions that it should be:
  • Long enough to be hard to guess
  • Not a famous quotation from literature, holy books, et cetera
  • Hard to guess by intuition—even by someone who knows the user well
  • Easy to remember and type accurately
  • For better security, any easily memorable encoding at your own level can be applied.
  • Not reused between sites, applications and other different sources.

Since online security is only as strong as its weakest link, we also recommend having a unique password only for use on Web Branch. Other sites may have significant security issues in how they store and manage passwords. If your password is stolen from another site, and you aren't using it for more sensitive sites--like online banking--you won't have to worry about your account being compromised.

For more information on choosing a good password and our online security, please see our main website:

http://www.uwcu.org/OnlineBanking/OnlineSecurity/Passwords.aspx

http://www.uwcu.org/OnlineBanking/OnlineSecurity/Default.aspx