Best practices for protecting your account

Security is a joint effort. As soon as possible after opening your account, we encourage you to:

1.   Create a smart, custom password.

  • Make sure your password is unique and used only on
  • Longer passwords are stronger than shorter, more complex ones. We recommend at least 12 characters, using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols that are meaningful only to you.

    Tip: An easy way to make a memorable password is to create a sentence or phrase incorporating letters, numbers and symbols. Example: IL0veTac0s:)

  • Be wary of unsolicited requests for your personal information online, by email or by phone.
  • Don’t share user names, account numbers or passwords.

2.   Activate account activity and security notifications and keep your email up to date.

These notifications are automatically activated the first time you log in to your account. They help you monitor your account and respond more quickly to prevent fraud because we alert you immediately by email if changes to your account are initiated online. We notify you again when a change is processed.

Account activity notifications — Alert you to transactions (e.g., withdrawals) or other account changes (e.g., bank information changes).

Security notifications — Alert you to changes to personal information: physical address, email address, statement delivery preference, username or password.

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3.   Sign up for paperless delivery of important documents.

We will notify you by email as soon as your statements, tax forms and other documents are available through security login. With paperless delivery, you don’t have to worry about shredding papers, and documents will never get lost in the mail.

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How we protect your account

See what American Funds does to protect your account.

Fraud basics

Review types of online fraud and how to recognize them.

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