Your security is our priority. A strong password is critical to helping to ensure that your money and data aren’t compromised, so please take a moment to read this information and make sure you are protected.
Good passwords are both long and random. When setting a password, select a longer password for the best protection. We require you to use at least eight characters in your password, although 10+ is better. Try to avoid using first or last names, common places, names of products or services, or any other information that people may know about you or that are discoverable online.
One way to set a strong password is to use a passphrase. Instead of using just letters and numbers, use a collection of random words separated by hyphens, commas, spaces, or other special characters. An example passphrase could be: “elephant gray wrinkles, animals.”
Another method is to take a phrase or sentence from your favorite song or book that is easy for you to remember, and use the first letter from each word. Then mix in some numbers or symbols to add some complexity. For example, “The sky is gray before it rains.” may become “Tsigb4ir.!”
And finally, here are a few more quick tips to help ensure that your account remains as secure as possible:
- Set a unique password for each service you use so that your Betterment account is safe even if another service is compromised.
- If you ever suspect someone else may have guessed or stolen your password, change it immediately.
- Use a password manager tool, such as 1Password or LastPass, to help you safely generate and remember your passwords.
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication to add an additional layer of security to your account.