There's a simple and easy way to keep your online accounts safe and secure.

Did you know October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Now more than ever it’s important to stay aware of security risks and keep your accounts and information as safe and secure as possible. In this digital age, it’s pertinent that you keep track of any accounts you access online, not only including your financial information but also accounts such as email, healthcare, online shopping and more. There’s one way to continually keep your accounts safe, do you know what it is?  

A Simple Way to Keep Your Accounts Safe

October 20, 2016

Keep your accounts safe and secure with this one simple step.

Did you know October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Now more than ever it’s important to stay aware of security risks and keep your accounts and information as safe and secure as possible. In this digital age, it’s pertinent that you keep track of any accounts you access online, not only including your financial information but also accounts such as email, healthcare, online shopping and more. There’s one way to continually keep your accounts safe, do you know what it is?

Periodically updating your passwords can help keep you and your accounts safe online and avoid cybercrime. Ideally, you should change your password every three to six months to help strengthen the security of your account and protect against hackers. It’s also a smart idea to create a separate password for each account. This helps protect all of your online accounts if one were to be hacked or someone found out one of your passwords.

When online, keeping your information safe and using strong, varied passwords should be your number one priority. Here are some tips from StaySafeOnline on how to create strong, smart passwords to protect you from hackers and fraud:

Make your password a sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces!

Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.

Write it down, and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. You can alternatively use a service like a password manager to keep track of your passwords.


Ready to start updating your passwords? Start with your Redstone Online Banking account. Login to Online Banking, then navigate to My Profile to change your password. You can also update your security options and other alerts and notifications.

Don't remember your password or need to reset your account? You can do that online too. Reset your password, or in the mobile app navigate to More > Recover Credentials.

When updating your passwords, don’t forget to change passwords for the following accounts:

  • Online and Mobile Banking
  • Email
  • Online payment methods, such as PayPal
  • Shopping sites, such as eBay or Amazon
  • Store sites, such as Belk or Target
  • Social media
  • Work-related websites
  • Data storage sites, like Dropbox or Google
  • Streaming sites, like Netflix and Pandora

Keep your information, data, and money safe by using the tips above. Changing your passwords often and using different passwords for your online accounts will help protect you from cyber criminals and give you peace of mind. If you are ever suspicious of online fraud or account hacking, change your password immediately and report it to the company. Staying safe online starts with awareness and strong passwords.

Find more information about online safety and security here, thanks to the National Cyber Security Alliance. You may also be interested in these 4 ways to spot a fraudulent email

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