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Jonah Bank Password Policy Change

It’s time to break into your happy dance as we are making a change to our password policy. Based on your feedback and the new password policy guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), we will be changing our password policy for authenticating into online and mobile banking on June 1st 2018. The biggest change is that we will be extending the maximum password age from 90 days to 365 days!

Jonah Bank has, and always will, place the security of your accounts as one of our top priorities. It is for this reason we use NIST’s guidelines as the basis for a sound cyber security program which follows industry best practices. The new password guidelines from NIST recommend the removal of frequent password changes and overly complex character requirements. They recommend that the most important features of a password are its length and uniqueness (that is a password not be reused).

With this new guidance Jonah Bank of Wyoming will be changing its password Policy to the following:

  • Minimum Password Length of 12 characters (we know this is long, but it is to encourage you to use a longer more unique password for your online banking accounts)
  • Minimum Complexity Requirements:
    • At least one upper case letter
    • At least one lower case letter
    • At least one number
    • It would be awesome if you included a special character but it is not a requirement
  • Maximum Password Age of 365 days
  • Cannot reuse the last five used passwords for the account

When it comes to creating, using, and most importantly remembering a password, we have a few tips for you:

  • Use a Passphrase Instead of crafting a clever password to meet complexity requirements like 1P@$$w0rd4me. Use a passphrase instead, such as Red House @2 Doors Down. This 22 character password is much easier to remember than the previous 12 character password and would take longer for an attacker to crack

  • Unique Passwords Don’t succumb to password reuse, create unique passwords at least for your highly sensitive accounts like your bank or email

  • Use a Password Manager Password Managers help you remember all of your passwords so you can stop relying on sticky notes. There are many password managers out there, and some have pretty creative features such as identifying weak or re-used passwords and notifications of password breaches

  • MFA Turn on and use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) especially for accounts that have access to personal or financial information. For Jonah Bank this would mean not registering your browser

  • Keep it a secret Never share your passwords (even with us), and remember Jonah Bank will never ask you for your password

  • Don't delay Act swiftly when an entity reports a compromise of their passwords, and change the password you had registered with the site or service and anywhere else you may have re-used it

  • Don’t just take it from us Watch NIST’s password guidance short video:


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3730 E. 2nd St.
Casper, WY, 82609

(307) 266-5662

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Casper, WY, 82601

(307) 237-4555


2015 Central Av.
Cheyenne, WY, 82001

(307) 773-7850

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205 Storey Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY, 82009

(307) 773-7800


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