#CyberFLASH: Why Canada’s banks have weaker passwords than Twitter or Google

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It’s not without worry that I log into my online account with the Bank of Montreal. My password is a mere six characters long, no symbols or special characters allowed. It’s not exactly the sort of password I’ve been conditioned to think is secure.

By the standards of most online services it’s certainly not: Google and Twitter tell me that I should use a mix of numbers, symbols and uppercase and lowercase letters, at least 8-10 characters long. I can even setup two-step verification, which requires I log-in with my usual password, and then use a second one-time password that’s sent to my phone.

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