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This year’s BWD Customer Appreciation Days and the Community Bank of Portage 25th Anniversary had a great turnout!  Our team enjoyed visiting with all that were able to attend.  We appreciate the relationship we share and the trust you’ve placed in Bank of Wisconsin Dells as your financial institution.  Thank you for your business!


BWD Recognized in 2021 Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America

DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree, has named Bank of Wisconsin Dells as one of the 2021 Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America. 

"It is an honor to be recognized as on of the Top 200 Banks in the United States of America," said Scott Rockwell, Bank of Wisconsin Dells President and CEO.  "We appreciate the communities we serve and the trust our clients place with us, not to mention the hard work and dedication of our staff, without both of them this recognition would not be possible."

DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally-insured bank and credit union in the United States once per quarter. To determine bank ranking and recognition, DepositAccounts.com grades each institution on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-to-reserve ratios. 

“We believe it is important to give consumers a way to evaluate the financial health of their institutions,” said Ken Tumin, founder of DepositAccounts.com. “Our list empowers consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a financial institution.”

BWD is honored to once again be named as a Top 200 Healthiest Bank in America.  We look forward to continuing to serve our customers and communities with their financial needs.

Barb Marz Retirement

Please join us in congratulating Barb Marz, CSR at Community Bank of Portage, on her upcoming retirement on September 3rd.  Barb has been with the BWD family for more than 24 years serving customers with a smile each day. 

Thank you, Barb, for your hard work and dedication.  Your positive spirit and warm smile will be missed.  We wish you all the happiness and joy in your next adventure.

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Understanding Patches and Software Updates

When vendors become aware of vulnerabilities in their products, they often issue patches to fix those vulnerabilities. Make sure to apply relevant patches to your computer as soon as possible so that your system is protected.

What are patches?

Patches are software and operating system (OS) updates that address security vulnerabilities within a program or product. Software vendors may choose to release updates to fix performance bugs, as well as to provide enhanced security features.

How do you find out what software updates you need to install?

When software updates become available, vendors usually put them on their websites for users to download. Install updates as soon as possible to protect your computer, phone, or other digital device against attackers who would take advantage of system vulnerabilities. Attackers may target vulnerabilities for months or even years after updates are available.

Some software will automatically check for updates, and many vendors offer users the option to receive updates automatically. If automatic options are available, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends that you take advantage of them. If they are not available, periodically check your vendor’s websites for updates.

Make sure that you only download software updates from trusted vendor websites. Do not trust a link in an email message—attackers have used email messages to direct users to websites hosting malicious files disguised as legitimate updates. Users should also be suspicious of email messages that claim to have a software update file attached—these attachments may contain malware.

If possible, only apply automatic updates from trusted network locations (e.g., home, work). Avoid updating software (automatically or manually) while connected to untrusted networks (e.g., airport, hotel, coffee shop). If updates must be installed over an untrusted network, use a Virtual Private Network connection to a trusted network and apply updates.

What is the difference between manual and automatic updates?

Users can install updates manually or elect for their software programs to update automatically.

  • Manual updates require the user or administrator to visit the vendor’s website to download and install software files.
  • Automatic updates require user or administrator consent when installing or configuring the software. Once you consent to automatic updates, software updates are “pushed” (or installed) to your system automatically.

What is end-of-life software?

Sometimes vendors will discontinue support for a software program or issue software updates for it (also known as end-of-life [EOL] software). Continued use of EOL software poses consequential risk to your system that can allow an attacker to exploit security vulnerabilities. The use of unsupported software can also cause software compatibility issues as well as decreased system performance and productivity.

CISA recommends that users and administrators retire all EOL products.

Best Practices for Software Updates

  • Enable automatic software updates whenever possible. This will ensure that software updates are installed as quickly as possible.
  • Do not use unsupported EOL software.
  • Always visit vendor sites directly rather than clicking on advertisements or email links.
  • Avoid software updates while using untrusted networks.

New vulnerabilities are continually emerging, but the best defense against attackers exploiting patched vulnerabilities is simple: keep your software up to date. This is the most effective measure you can take to protect your computer, phone, and other digital devices.

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