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Happy Retirement, Bev!

Please join us in our heartfelt thank you and congratulations to Bev Meier on her upcoming retirement. Bev has been the first person many customers encounter at the Wisconsin Dells branch, whether by phone or in person, and she will be missed. We wish her the very best in this new chapter.

Bank Awards Scholarship to Schulz

Bank President, Scott Rockwell, presents 2020 Educational Scholarship to recipient, Paul (Pablito) Schulz Jr.

Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently awarded its 2020 Educational Scholarship to Wisconsin Dells High School Valedictorian, Paul (Pablito) Schulz Jr.  Schulz is the first Educational Scholarship recipient to receive a total of $10,000 toward his first two years of college.  In previous years, the bank awarded the Wisconsin Dells High School Valedictorian with a $5,000 scholarship toward their first year of college. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Educational Scholarship is given out in perpetuity through an endowment scholarship program with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation.

Bank Welcomes New Receptionist

Join us in welcoming Joni Neill, BWD's new Receptionist! Joni grew up in Hill Point, Wisconsin, just west of Reedsburg. Previously in the insurance industry, Joni holds her Property and Casualty Insurance and License and has over 10 years of Administrative experience. 

Privacy and Mobile Device Apps

Mobile apps may gather information from your mobile device for legitimate purposes, but these tools may also put your privacy at risk. Protect your data by being smart with the apps you install and reviewing the permissions each app has.

What are the risks associated with mobile device apps?

Applications (apps) on your smartphone or other mobile devices can be convenient tools to access the news, get directions, pick up a ride share, or play games. But these tools can also put your privacy at risk. When you download an app, it may ask for permission to access personal information—such as email contacts, calendar inputs, call logs, and location data—from your device. Apps may gather this information for legitimate purposes—for example, a ride-share app will need your location data in order to pick you up. However, you should be aware that app developers will have access to this information and may share it with third parties, such as companies who develop targeted ads based on your location and interests.

How can you avoid malicious apps and limit the information apps collect about you?

Before installing an app

  • Avoid potentially harmful apps (PHAs). Reduce the risk of downloading PHAs by limiting your download sources to official app stores, such as your device’s manufacturer or operating system app store.
  • Be savvy with your apps. Before downloading an app, make sure you understand what information the app will access.

On already installed apps

  • Review app permissions. Review the permissions each app has.
  • Limit location permissions. Some apps have access to the mobile device’s location services and thus have access to the user’s approximate physical location.
  • Keep app software up to date. Apps with out-of-date software may be at risk of exploitation of known vulnerabilities. Protect your mobile device from malware by installing app updates as they are released.
  • Delete apps you do not need. To avoid unnecessary data collection, uninstall apps you no longer use.
  • Be cautious with signing into apps with social network accounts. Some apps are integrated with social network sites—in these cases, the app can collect information from your social network account and vice versa.

What additional steps can you take to secure data on your mobile devices?

  • Limit activities on public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks at places such as airports and coffee shops present an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information.
  • Be cautious when charging. Avoid connecting your smartphone to any computer or charging station that you do not control, such as a charging station at an airport terminal or a shared computer at a library.
  • Protect your device from theft. Having physical access to a device makes it easier for an attacker to extract or corrupt information. Do not leave your device unattended in public or in easily accessible areas.

Protect your data if your device is stolen. Ensure your device requires a password or biometric identifier to access it, so if is stolen, thieves will have limited access to its data. If your device is stolen, immediately contact your service provider to protect your data.

How to Protect Your Money When You Travel

You’re going on vacation, and you know you’re going to spend money. So what’s safer to carry – plastic or cash? Experts say plastic, because credit and debit cards have built-in protections if they are lost or stolen.

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