Employees of the month

Congratulations to Senior Personal Banker Anthony Sturniolo at our Concord Street, Framingham office and Information & Risk Analyst Julie Morin on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Anthony was selected for his leadership and team spirit. Julie was selected for her role in creating a new department within the Bank.

Anthony Sturniolo (left) and Julie Morin

MutualOne Foundation awards $10K to Natick Service Council’s adolescent health program

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Natick Service Council. Announcement of the grant was made today by Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee.

The Foundation grant will support the Council’s Smart Nutrition and Exercise for Kids (SNEK) program, an initiative designed to improve adolescent health through proper nutrition, exercise, and nutritional education/intervention.

“The MutualOne Foundation is pleased to support a program that provides youth with hands-on learning about food, nutrition, and health,” said Haranas. “It is the foundation for a healthier, happier future.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s $10,000 grant to the Natick Service Council are: (l-r) Mobolaji Omisore, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Natick office; Greg Tutuny, Natick Service Council executive director; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank

Cybersecurity Tips for International Travelers

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When traveling internationally, in addition to taking your passport, take responsibility for your cybersecurity.

Your information and communications – and the devices that contain and transmit them – are as much a part of you as the valuables in your suitcase. The more you do to protect yourself, the more secure your information and devices likely will be.

While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Laws and policies regarding online security and privacy may be different in other countries than in the United States. If you would like to become familiar with other laws, the State Department website contains safety information for every country in the world.

Protect yourself by leaving at home any electronic equipment you don’t need during your travel.

Before you go

If you take it, protect it:

  • Back up your electronic files
  • Remove sensitive data
  • Install strong passwords
  • Ensure antivirus software is up-to-date

While traveling

Be vigilant about possession and use of your equipment and information. Don’t assume it’s safe. Culprits are visible and invisible.

  • Keep your eyes on your electronics. Keep your devices with you in airports, hotels, and restaurants, etc.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Other eyes can take information from you by looking at your devices.
  • Consider using a privacy screen on your laptop.

Your mobile phone and other electronic devices may be vulnerable to malware because they will connect with local networks abroad. They also may identify your personal location information to others.

Electronic communications, equipment and services (e.g., phones, computers and fax machines) in public places such as Internet cafes, coffee shops, book stores, travel agencies, clinics, libraries, airports, and hotels may be vulnerable. You may choose not to use these services at all, or avoid using them for sensitive communications.

Don’t use the same passwords or PIN numbers abroad that you use in the United States. For example, if the hotel safety deposit box requires a PIN number, use a unique one.

Upon return home

Electronics and devices used or obtained abroad can be compromised. Consider safety measures such as changing passwords for your laptop or smartphone.

To learn more about how to fortify your cybersecurity when traveling abroad, visit fcc.gov.

Ugly Sweaters & Toys for Tots

Our team was looking good as they sported their ugly sweaters, and counted up the toys collected for Toys for Tots. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution!

Employees of the month

Congratulations to Donna Gogliormella, Senior Personal Banker, and Marie Harrington, Senior Operations Specialist, on their selection as this month’s Employees of the Month.

Donna was recognized for her willingness to accept additional responsibilities, while continuing to provide great customer service. Marie was selected for her smooth transition to operations and the ability to learn additional functions.

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Donna Gogliormella (left) and Marie Harrington

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.

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.

 

MutualOne awards $10K to Salvation Army

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a $10,000 grant from the Foundation to support Salvation Army assistance programs in the Greater Framingham area.

The award will enable the organization to enhance and increase services that currently provide local low- and moderate-income individuals and families in need with diapers, backpacks and school supplies, state ID assistance, and public transportation help.

“The Foundation realizes the value and importance of the services provided by the Salvation Army in response to the immediate needs of many in our community,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help those trying to improve their lives and become more self-sufficient.”

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Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant to the Salvation Army are (left-right) Jean Hoskins, MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham branch manager; Major Lynnann Rivers and Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army; and Yves Munyankindi of MutualOne Bank.

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

Reprinted from United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team Website

What uniUS-CERT-Intel-Microsoft-Red-Hat-Oracle-Affected-by-Privilege-Escalation-Flaw-2que risks are associated with children?

When a child is using your computer, normal safeguards and security practices may not be sufficient. Children present additional challenges because of their natural characteristics: innocence, curiosity, desire for independence, and fear of punishment. You need to consider these characteristics when determining how to protect your data and the child.

You may think that because the child is only playing a game, or researching a term paper, or typing a homework assignment, he or she can’t cause any harm. But what if, when saving her paper, the child deletes a necessary program file? Or what if she unintentionally visits a malicious web page that infects your computer with a virus? These are just two possible scenarios. Mistakes happen, but the child may not realize what she’s done or may not tell you what happened because she’s afraid of getting punished.

Online predators present another significant threat, particularly to children. Because the nature of the Internet is so anonymous, it is easy for people to misrepresent themselves and manipulate or trick other users (see Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for some examples). Adults often fall victim to these ploys, and children, who are usually much more open and trusting, are even easier targets. Another growing problem is cyberbullying. These threats are even greater if a child has access to email or instant messaging programs, visits chat rooms, and/or uses social networking sites.

What can you do?

• Be involved – Consider activities you can work on together, whether it be playing a game, researching a topic you had been talking about (e.g., family vacation spots, a particular hobby, a historical figure), or putting together a family newsletter. This will allow you to supervise your child’s online activities while teaching her good computer habits.

• Keep your computer in an open area – If your computer is in a high-traffic area, you will be able to easily monitor the computer activity. Not only does this accessibility deter a child from doing something she knows she’s not allowed to do, it also gives you the opportunity to intervene if you notice a behavior that could have negative consequences.

• Set rules and warn about dangers – Make sure your child knows the boundaries of what she is allowed to do on the computer. These boundaries should be appropriate for the child’s age, knowledge, and maturity, but they may include rules about how long she is allowed to be on the computer, what sites she is allowed to visit, what software programs she can use, and what tasks or activities she is allowed to do. You should also talk to children about the dangers of the Internet so that they recognize suspicious behavior or activity. Discuss the risks of sharing certain types of information (e.g., that they’re home alone) and the benefits to only communicating and sharing information with people they know (see Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely, Staying Safe on Social Network Sites, and the document Socializing Securely: Using Social Networking Services for more information). The goal isn’t to scare them, it’s to make them more aware. Make sure to include the topic of cyberbullying in these discussions (see Dealing with Cyberbullies for more information).

• Monitor computer activity – Be aware of what your child is doing on the computer, including which websites she is visiting. If she is using email, instant messaging, or chat rooms, try to get a sense of who she is corresponding with and whether she actually knows them.

• Keep lines of communication open – Let your child know that she can approach you with any questions or concerns about behaviors or problems she may have encountered on the computer.

• Consider partitioning your computer into separate accounts – Most operating systems give you the option of creating a different user account for each user. If you’re worried that your child may accidentally access, modify, and/or delete your files, you can give her a separate account and decrease the amount of access and number of privileges they have. If you don’t have separate accounts, you need to be especially careful about your security settings. In addition to limiting functionality within your browser (see Evaluating Your Web Browser’s Security Settings for more information), avoid letting your browser remember passwords and other personal information (see Browsing Safely: Understanding Active Content and Cookies). Also, it is always important to keep your virus definitions up to date (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software).

• Consider implementing parental controls – You may be able to set some parental controls within your browser. For example, Internet Explorer allows you to restrict or allow certain websites to be viewed on your computer, and you can protect these settings with a password. To find those options, click Tools on your menu bar, select Internet Options, choose the Content tab, and click the Enable… button under Content Advisor.There are other resources you can use to control and/or monitor your child’s online activity. Some ISPs offer services designed to protect children online. Contact your ISP to see if any of these services are available. There are also special software programs you can install on your computer. Different programs offer different features and capabilities, so you can find one that best suits your needs.

For more information about how to keep your child safe online visit us-cert.gov.