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SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

3 Ways to Increase Your Account Security in Minutes

 

With phishing and ransomware scams on the rise, it’s more important than ever to make sure your personal information is safe.

Here are 3 things you can quickly do today by logging in to your account:

1.  Strengthen your password

We recommend creating a strong, unique password as soon as possible after opening your account.

  • Use at least 12 characters — longer passwords are stronger than shorter, more complex passwords
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
  • Avoid predictable keyboard patterns (e.g., “123456,“ “qwerty”)
  • Don’t use the same password on multiple sites
  • Never share your password with anyone

2.  Keep contact information current

Be sure we have your best email address and phone number so we can reach you quickly if necessary. Click on Profile and Settings. Then click the Profile tab to add or verify your information.

3.  Activate Account Alerts

Upon first login to your account, we automatically activate Account Activity and Security Notifications by email as a free service. You’ll receive an immediate email to alert you when changes to your account are initiated online. 

At American Funds, we use a variety of controls to detect and prevent unauthorized access to our network and regularly refine and update our security features, but account security is a joint effort. 

Follow the steps above to increase your account security today.


Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.