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May this holiday season bring peace and joy to you and your loved ones.

Please join us in congratulating BWD’s Jan Smalley on her retirement today! Jan is a valued employee, co-worker and friend to so many of us here at the Bank. We appreciate all her years of dedicated service to her team and our organization, she will certainly be missed!

Thanks to all who attended our Holiday Open House at 
Community Bank of Portage on December 17th!

We had a blast seeing everyone and hope you did too!


Here’s hoping 2022 brings many new and exciting opportunities for you!


Just a note for all customers… our last day for deposits to be received and included in 2021 will be at 4pm on Friday, December 31 at all locations.

What are some common myths, and what is the truth behind them?

Myth: Anti-virus software and firewalls are 100% effective.

Truth: Anti-virus software and firewalls are important elements to protecting your information. However, neither of these elements are guaranteed to protect you from an attack. Combining these technologies with good security habits is the best way to reduce your risk.

Myth: Once software is installed on your computer, you do not have to worry about it anymore.

Truth: Vendors may release updated versions of software to address problems or fix vulnerabilities. You should install the updates as soon as possible; some software even offers the option to obtain updates automatically. Making sure that you have the latest virus definitions for your anti-virus software is especially important.

Myth: There is nothing important on your machine, so you do not need to protect it.

Truth: Your opinion about what is important may differ from an attacker's opinion. If you have personal or financial data on your computer, attackers may be able to collect it and use it for their own financial gain. Even if you do not store that kind of information on your computer, an attacker who can gain control of your computer may be able to use it in attacks against other people.

Myth: Attackers only target people with money.

Truth: Anyone can become a victim of identity theft. Attackers look for the biggest reward for the least amount of effort, so they typically target databases that store information about many people. If your information happens to be in the database, it could be collected and used for malicious purposes. It is important to pay attention to your credit information so that you can minimize any potential damage.

Myth: When computers slow down, it means that they are old and should be replaced.

Truth: It is possible that running newer or larger software programs on an older computer could lead to slow performance, but you may just need to replace or upgrade a particular component (memory, operating system, CD or DVD drive, etc.). Another possibility is that there are other processes or programs running in the background. If your computer has suddenly become slower, it may be compromised by malware or spyware, or you may be experiencing a denial-of-service attack.

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Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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