Password Hackers Update

Recently, public information was released about a criminal group who has stolen 1.2 billion Internet user names and passwords as well as over 500 million email addresses from approximately 420,000 websites. Initial reports indicate that this was a broad scale operation, ranging from household names to small Internet sites, and that financial institutions were not the target of this crime.

To help prevent unauthorized access to your accounts:

  • Always use unique passwords for each banking and confidential system, including the Associated online banking system.
  • Routinely change your passwords.
  • Be vigilant and review your accounts regularly. Any unusual activity should be reported to Associated Bank as soon as possible.
  • Always choose a strong password.
  • Be aware of phishing scams that may try to take advantage of the security concerns that usually occur with news of data breaches. Don’t respond or click on links in emails claiming your account is in jeopardy.

As a best practice, we encourage you to be vigilant and review your accounts. Any unusual activity should be reported to Associated Bank as soon as possible.

More information about good security practices for customers can be found on the Associated Bank Security Center.

 

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