BendBroadband is converting to a new billing system and this month each customer will be mailed a new, 16-digit account number and 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN adds an extra level of security to your account and prevents unauthorized changes.
You’ll need your PIN and account number when calling BendBroadband with questions about a service or billing. You’ll also need it if you set up an online account, which will allow access to BendBroadband email, TV Everywhere (residential customers), Internet usage, and Online Bill Pay.
The PIN will be sent via the mail, so please watch your mailbox for your letter with your PIN enclosed.
Memorizing all your passwords and PINs is not an easy task. Security experts suggest using different PINs and passwords for different accounts because if a thief finds one PIN they will test all your cards with that same PIN.
Protect your PIN
For your debit or credit card accounts, never write your PIN on the back of debit or credit card. If someone finds your card, it makes it far too easy for them to drain your account. Also, do not put a PIN anywhere near the item it’s supposed to protect.
Tips to remember your PIN
The Date Method One way is to create a PIN from significant dates in your life. For example, if your birthday is March 28, 1967, you might use 0328 (Third month and 28th day), or maybe 0367 (month and year). Another idea is to use a combination of your three-digit home or work address and shoe size (5176)
The Cell Phone Friend Method Your mobile phone has hundreds of contacts. So to remember your PIN, just add another fake contact, and hide your PIN within that contact’s phone number. For example, if your PIN is 1212, you’d add the phone number 505-123-1212. Keep in mind that the main drawback to this method is if you lose your phone or experience a dead battery, the PIN is lost too.
The Addition Method Another way to randomize your PIN number is to add numbers to an easily remembered number. For example, add a 9 to your three-digit home address (5179 or 9517).
Remember, the tougher it is to figure out your PIN, the more likely they will move onto an easier target.