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You may have heard or read recent reports and news stories on the Heartbleed Bug.  The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw in the programming on secure websites that could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails.  The Heartbleed Bug is a defect in encryption technology called Open SSL, which is used by most Web servers to secure users’ personal or financial information.  The flaw error makes it possible to send a well-disguised packet of data to trick a computer at the other end into sending back data stored in its memory.  Researchers who discovered this flaw let Open SSL developers know several days before announcing the vulnerability so they could update their sites.

Union State Bank’s website, online banking, mobile banking and other online services are not affected by the Heartbleed Bug. 

For optimal security, we recommend always using a unique password for any financial site or any site that stores your credit card information.  We recommend that if you use your Union State Bank password at other sites that may have been affected you should change your password for Online Banking.  It is always a good idea to change your passwords frequently to help protect your information.

Are you affected?

Most active users of the Internet have likely been exposed, since a majority of websites-including Facebook, retail and even government sites use the Open SSL software.  But it is unknown whether any criminals have actually exploited the bug, and several major sites have already installed patches to fix the problem. 

As always, it is a good idea to change your passwords every few months and monitor your accounts regularly.

If you have any questions concerning this please contact the Bank.

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