Pioneer Bank - Change your password

Change Your Password

Effective March 6, 2017, Pioneer Bank customers will need to update their passwords to include these guidelines:

  • Be changed every six (6) months
  • 10-17 characters
  • At least one numeric character (e.g. 123456 )
  • At least one alpha character (e.g. ABCDEFGH )
  • At least one special character (e.g. @#$% )

If you change your password today, you won't be required to again in March. Beginning March 6, 2017, these will become requirements and you will be asked to update your password.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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Why do I have to change my password?

First, passwords are often stolen without the knowledge of the victim, and stolen passwords often aren't used immediately. They're collected, sold to organized crime, rebundled and resold, and left unused for some time. Even if you're not aware your password was stolen, if you change it periodically you may change it before a thief has an opportunity to use it. Second, while we are constantly working to strengthen the underlying security at Pioneer Bank, computers are also always getting faster. It's possible to guess your password through sheer persistent computer effort. With current technology, this takes months if you have a strong password. If you change your password every six months, any brute force attack that takes longer is ineffective.

User Account & Password

You must change your password in order to ensure the security of your online banking account. If your password were not changed on a regular basis, your familiarity with your password would eventually lead to it's compromise.

Once another person has acquired your password, they can access your online banking account.

Why can't I use a variant of my old password?

Someone can observe your daily habits and predict what you will do next. The same is true for your password choices. You get into a habit of using a password and it becomes easy. Once someone learns your password, if you have used a variant of that password, it is not going to take much more than a few minutes for that person to guess your new password and break into your computer account. And then they can use your account to access your online banking account!

Why must I use multiple character classes in my password?

This requirement was instituted to help you create a better, more secure password. There are only 26 letters in the English alphabet. However, if you add the ten numbers and the twenty to twenty-five non-alphanumeric characters, you then have over sixty characters to use in creating your password. And don't forget that your password is case sensitive, so you can use upper and lower case letters too. This increases the security of your password tenfold and decreases the possibility of someone guessing it.


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