MutualOne Bank partners with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

On Friday, November 18th the MutualOne Bank Activities Committee partnered with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation to help sell 50/50 raffle tickets at TD Garden. Our volunteers rooted on the Celtics while raising funds to help support children in need throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Chima Eugene, personal banker, and Katrin (Kathy) Yousefi, loan servicing representative, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Chima was selected for her excellence interacting with customers and understanding their needs. Kathy was recognized for expanding her responsibilities, while improving the turnaround time to deliver critical customer information.

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Chima Eugene (left) and Katrin (Kathy) Yousefi

MutualOne Bank Sponsors Keep the Promise Food Tasting

MutualOne Bank was a Gourmand Sponsor of the 3rd annual Keep the Promise food tasting on November 5th. Our employees Kim Cohen, Vice President and Assistant Controller and Yves Munyankindi, Retail Support Administrator had a great time representing the Bank and tasting all of the delicious treats from 15 local restaurants. Proceeds from the event went towards feeding and sheltering homeless families.

 

MutualOne Feasts at Fresh Taste

MutualOne Bank was proud to support and attend The Natick Visiting Nurses Association’s (VNA) 10th annual Fresh Taste. The event featured MetroWest’s top chefs, who made delicious creations out of their locally sourced ingredients and an auction that boasted great prizes.

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MutualOne employees from left to right: Greg Kennedy Vice President Retail; Yves Munyankindi, Retail Support Administrator; Mobolaji Omisore, Branch Manager-Natick Branch; Jean Hoskins, Branch Manager-Lincoln Street Branch Framingham; Dominique Tock, Senior Personal Banker; Jordan Concannon, Service Representative.

Securing Your Wireless Network

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Understand How a Wireless Network Works

Going wireless generally requires connecting an Internet “access point” – like a cable or DSL modem – to a wireless router, which sends a signal through the air, sometimes as far as several hundred feet. Any device within range can pull the signal from the air and access the Internet.

Unless you take certain precautions, anyone nearby can use your network. That means your neighbors – or any hacker nearby – could “piggyback” on your network or access information on your device. If an unauthorized person uses your network to commit crime or send spam, the activity could be traced back to your account.

Use Encryption on Your Wireless Network

Once you go wireless, you should encrypt the information you send over your wireless network, so that nearby attackers can’t eavesdrop on these communications. Encryption scrambles the information you send into a code so that it’s not accessible to others. Using encryption is the most effective way to secure your network from intruders.

Two main types of encryption are available for this purpose: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). Your computer, router, and other equipment must use the same encryption. WPA2 is strongest; use it if you have a choice. It should protect you against most hackers. Some older routers use only WEP encryption, which likely won’t protect you from some common hacking programs. Consider buying a new router with WPA2 capability.

Wireless routers often come with the encryption feature turned off. You must turn it on. The directions that come with your router should explain how. If they don’t, check the company’s website.

Limit Access to Your Network

Allow only specific devices to access your wireless network. Every device that is able to communicate with a network is assigned a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address. Wireless routers usually have a mechanism to allow only devices with particular MAC addresses to access to the network. Some hackers have mimicked MAC addresses, so don’t rely on this step alone.

Secure Your Router

It’s also important to protect your network from attacks over the Internet by keeping your router secure. Your router directs traffic between your local network and the Internet. So, it’s your first line of defense for guarding against such attacks. If you don’t take steps to secure your router, strangers could gain access to sensitive personal or financial information on your device. Strangers also could seize control of your router, to direct you to fraudulent websites.

Change the name of your router from the default. The name of your router (often called the service set identifier or SSID) is likely to be a standard, default ID assigned by the manufacturer. Change the name to something unique that only you know.

Change your router’s pre-set password(s). The manufacturer of your wireless router probably assigned it a standard default password that allows you to set up and operate the router, as its “administrator.” Hackers know these default passwords, so change it to something only you know.  The same goes for any default “user” passwords. Use long and complex passwords – think at least 12 characters, with a mix of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower case letters. Visit the company’s website to learn how to change the password.

Turn off any “Remote Management” features. Some routers offer an option to allow remote access to your router’s controls, such as to enable the manufacturer to provide technical support.  Never leave this feature enabled. Hackers can use them to get into your home network.

Log out as Administrator: Once you’ve set up your router, log out as administrator, to lessen the risk that someone can piggyback on your session to gain control of your device.

Keep your router up-to-date: To be secure and effective, the software that comes with your router needs occasional updates. Before you set up a new router and periodically thereafter, visit the manufacturer’s website to see if there’s a new version of the software available for download. To make sure you hear about the latest version, register your router with the manufacturer and sign up to get updates.

Protect Your Network during Mobile Access

Apps now allow you to access your home network from a mobile device. Before you do, be sure that some security features are in place.

Use a strong password on any app that accesses your network. Log out of the app when you’re not using it.  That way, no one else can access the app if your phone is lost or stolen.

Password protect your phone or other mobile device. Even if your app has a strong password, it’s best to protect your device with one, too.

To learn more about how to secure your wireless network, visit ftc.com.

MutualOne had fun at Fall For Natick

We were happy to sponsor the Fall For Natick community gathering to benefit the Natick Service Council. It was great to see such support from the community. The food was delicious and the live auction was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended this event, and to the Natick Service Council for all their great work.

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MutualOne Bank employees from left to right: Mobolaji Omisore, Manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; , Yasmine Ouweijan, Manager of MutualOne Bank’s Framingham/Concord Street office; Gregory Kennedy, Vice President, Retail Banking, MutualOne Bank; and Yves Munyankindi, Retail Support Administrator, MutualOne Bank.

 

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Yves Munyankindi, Retail Support Administrator, and Sandhya Jayarama, Compliance Specialist, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Yves was recognized for his teamwork and flexibility as he transitioned from personal banker to retail support administrator. Sandhya was selected for the analytical skills that have made her a vital asset to the Compliance Department.

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Yves Munyankindi (left) and Sandhya Jayarama

MutualOne Bank Sponsors Taste of Natick

We had a great time enjoying all of the delicious treats that Natick’s local restaurants had to offer at the Taste of Natick. Everything from seafood to fondue was served while attendees bid on great prizes at the raffle. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Kiwanis Club of Natick-MetroWest.

MutualOne Bank Sponsors George Wheeler Memorial Cup

We had a great time handing out umbrellas and other fun giveaways at the George Wheeler Memorial Cup. Despite the rain, there was a great show of support from the community as they rooted for their team. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent.

MutualOne Foundation $5K grant targets childhood mental health issues

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $5,000 to Bethany Hill Place in Framingham in support of a new program designed to address child mental health issues.

According to Executive Director Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place will partner with Wayside Youth and Family Services to provide resident parents with educational workshops focused on children with social, emotional or behavioral issues, learning differences, and other mental health needs. The program is designed to help Bethany Hill Place resident parents raise their children to be healthy, productive, and engaged neighbors and citizens, said Appert.

“Breaking the trans-generational legacy of family poverty and homelessness through education plays a critical role in the future of our communities,” said Lamprey. “It is a goal we are pleased to support.”

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to Bethany Hill Place are (left-right) Greg Kennedy, MutualOne Bank vice president retail banking; Courtney C. McSparron, Bethany Hill Place program director; Trish Appert, Bethany Hill Place executive director; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.