Passwords and PINs

With a shift towards a more digital world, having strong and secure passwords and PINs has become essential. Learn how to create a strong password and PIN to protect you and your family.

Weak passwords

Weak passwords are susceptible to clever guesswork and various types of password hacking techniques. Although it’s not always easy to make up or remember passwords, creating a strong, unique password is a vital part of protecting your information from unauthorized access. Remember to never share your passwords with your family or friends. Your passwords are secret and must be known only to you.

Below are a few examples of information to avoid when creating passwords.

Common information

Do not include your birth date, phone number, names of family members, or information identified online. 

Short passwords

Avoid using the minimum 6-8 character limit. Longer passwords make it harder for others to guess. 

Old passwords

Do not reuse old passwords on different accounts and logins. Using unique passwords ensures that if one of your online accounts is breached the rest remain safe.

Keyboard combinations

Do not incorporate adjacent keyboard combinations (for example, “qWerty”, “asdzxc”, “qeadzc”).

Common numbers and words 

Avoid simple sequences of numbers or letters (for example, “123456”, “111111” “AABBCC”) and common words (for example, "password" or "login”).

How do I create a strong password?

The strongest and most reliable form of password you can create is called a passphrase.

A passphrase is created when you take a phrase and convert it to a password using a combination of different letters, capitalization, and special characters.

Let’s take a look at how you can create a passphrase. 

How to create a passphrase

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Are your passwords and PINs strong and secure? Did you use the passphrase technique to create them?



When creating a PIN, remember to select four unique digits (numbers, letters, or a combination of both) that you can remember.

Do not select your birth date, telephone number, license plate number, address, postal code, or another easy-to-guess combination.

Remember to shield the keypad when entering your PIN at an ABM or when making an Interac debit or credit card purchase.

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