After encountering earlier difficulties, the AAFP has successfully launched an enhanced website security system designed to safeguard the identifiable personal information in all AAFP member and customer accounts, including account holder name, home and e-mail addresses, and member ID number.
In keeping with online security best practice standards, the new aafp.org authentication process functions much like what users are accustomed to seeing on other websites that handle sensitive customer information, such as bank and online retailer sites.
Users logging in to the new system for the first time will be prompted to complete an easy two-step process. First, each user will be asked to establish a new Web password, which must be a minimum of eight characters long and include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one numeral.
Second, the user will be asked to set up a security question and response, a step that allows the system to verify the user's identity should he or she want or need to reset his or her AAFP account password (for example, if a user forgets the password).
According to AAFP Chief Information Officer Gordon Schmittling, "The process is simple, fast and similar to others you have experienced." And it's just one more way the Academy is looking out for members' interests, he added.