Heidi WestfallHonesdale, PA – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 17th year, the National Cyber Security Alliance takes this annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our nation. This year’s theme is “Do your part, be cybersmart.”

Wayne Bank takes cybersecurity very seriously and includes frequent training and testing as part of their information security program. Heidi Westfall, Vice President and Bank Administration Officer, leads cybersecurity initiatives at the Bank and encourages customers to remain diligent in protecting their non-public information. Ms. Westfall offers the following five tips to keep your online banking secure:

Don’t make passwords easy to guess. Create a strong, long passphrase. Strong passwords are considered over eight characters in length and are made up of upper and lowercase letters, number, and symbols.

Do not share personally identifiable information (PII) with unknown parties or over unsecure public networks. Public Wi-Fi does not provide a secure internet connection, so do not use public Wi-Fi for internet banking.

Be up to date. Keep your computer and mobile device software updated to the latest version.

Do not open and respond to suspicious emails. Emails that ask you to provide personal information are called phishing emails. These emails may look legitimate, but are designed to trick you into sharing your bank and credit or debit card information. Just remember, your bank will never ask you for personal information through an email or text.

Keep an eye on your transaction history. Monitor your account and contact your bank to report any suspicious transactions as soon as possible.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 31 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario, and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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