Flynn joins MutualOne Bank as VP, Commercial Lending

David_FlynnDavid Flynn of Framingham has joined MutualOne Bank as vice president, commercial lending. He brings with him over 25 years of industry experience, most recently with Dedham Savings, where he was a vice president and commercial lender.

Flynn graduated from Terenure College in Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the Cancer Care Givers Association, board member of the Irish Pastoral Association, and a former ambassador for the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

Ryan joins MutualOne Bank as VP, Commercial Lending

Jeffery_RyanJeffery D. Ryan of Westwood has joined MutualOne Bank as vice president, commercial lending. He brings with him 10 years of industry experience, most recently with South Shore Bank, where he was a vice president and commercial lender.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

 

 

 

 

Sun, Sand, and Cyber Security

Every summer, vacationers put their house lights on timers and their mail on hold when they travel away from home. It’s just as important when taking a vacation to take similar precautions with good cyber habits. Many cyber criminals specifically target travelers…

Criminals often set online lures to sell fake vacations or tickets. These may be just simple advertisements or sophisticated scams using realistic websites, complete with phone operators that will “assist” you.

Home Alone
Social media posts with pictures of tourist attractions may update your friends and family, but they also tell criminals that you’re on vacation and your house is empty. Other older posts may contain personal details or pictures of your home, telling thieves what items of value are in the house or how to circumvent security systems.

Stolen “Keys”
Sensitive data, such as login names and passwords, are especially valuable to criminals. One way criminals obtain such data is by installing a “keylogger” on hotel public computers. The keylogger records every keystroke typed on the computer and then transmits that information to the criminal.

Missed Connection
Some cyber criminals specialize in “sniffing” the Wi-Fi and public networks in airports and coffee shops, allowing the criminal to collect and read all information sent over a wireless network.

Other criminals use a practice called “juice jacking”, where the criminal rigs a public charging kiosk to siphon information directly from your device when you plug into it.

Who’s the Boss?
The cyber security threat doesn’t end with you; Social engineers often use information about a boss’ vacation to gain physical access or commit financial fraud. The social engineer knows that they can reference the boss and the boss will not be reachable to verify whether he/she really did order the “repairman” or gave instructions for a fraudulent wire transfer.

When in Rome…
Different countries have different laws, which may allow government employees or law enforcement full access to your device without your knowledge or permission. Some countries are known to collect all data residing in that country, while others collect data from devices left in hotel rooms. This may be very important in countries that do not have the same freedom of speech as the United States. Some of these countries are known to have jailed tourists who posted negative comments online about the government or who posted criminal activities online, such as the use of alcohol or drugs.

Luckily, with a little care it’s possible to avoid these problems. Follow these simple tips to ensure that the only memories from your vacation are good ones:

Easy Tips to Protect Yourself

• Use discretion when posting personal information on social media. This information is a treasure-trove to social engineers. Do not post information about travel plans or details; save the pictures and updates until after you return home.
• Set email away messages to only respond to known contacts in your address book.
• Disable geo-locational features, such as automatic status updates and friend finder functionalities.
• Remind friends and family members to exercise the same caution.

Easy Tips to Protect Your Devices

• Keep your electronic devices with you at all times.
• Before traveling abroad, change all passwords that you will use while traveling, and upon return change the passwords of any accounts that were accessed while abroad. This includes passwords used by social media websites and email providers, for which you have automatic logins.
• Do not access sensitive accounts (e.g. banks, credit cards, etc.) or conduct sensitive transactions over public networks, including hotel and airport Wi-Fi and business centers, or Internet cafés.
• Use up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-adware protection software; apply recommended patches to your operating system and software.
• Use wired connections instead of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections, whenever possible.
• Do not plug USB cables into public charging stations; only connect USB powered devices using the intended AC power adapter.
• Know the local laws regarding online behavior, as some online behaviors are illegal in certain countries.

William H. Mayer, Esq. elected Director

William_MayerRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the Board of Directors of MutualOne Bank, has announced the election of William H. Mayer, Esq. of Holliston as a director.

Mayer is a partner in the Framingham law firm of Mayer, Antonellis, Jachowicz & Haranas, LLP specializing in family law. He has been engaged in the practice of law since 1977 and has concentrated in the area of family law since 1984. He is also the current Town Counsel for the Town of Holliston.

A graduate of Framingham South High School, Mayer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and received a juris doctor degree from Suffolk University. He is a current member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nomination Commission; and former member of the Holliston Board of Selectmen and Holliston School Committee.

MutualOne Foundation helps bring Natick’s history to life

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $1,750 to support the Natick Historical Society’s Educational Outreach Project. The donation will be used to enhance and improve the organization’s materials in a variety of media, including a new exhibit, printed rack cards, a printed banner, and an updated website.

“We are happy to help the Historical Society expand its outreach,” said Haranas. “The town has a rich history that deserves to be shared with not only today’s residents, but future generations as well.”

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s award of $1,750 to the Natick Historical Society are (l-r): Ben Federlin, Natick Historical Society curator; Kady D’Addario, Natick Historical Society curatorial intern; Natick Historical Society Executive Director Jane Hennedy; Anna Meyer, Natick Historical Society curatorial intern; MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington; Rick Subber, Natick Historical Society board member; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; and Jared Walske, Natick Historical Society archival intern.

Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s award of $1,750 to the Natick Historical Society are (l-r): Ben Federlin, Natick Historical Society curator; Kady D’Addario, Natick Historical Society curatorial intern; Natick Historical Society Executive Director Jane Hennedy; Anna Meyer, Natick Historical Society curatorial intern; MutualOne Bank Natick Branch Manager Marie Harrington; Rick Subber, Natick Historical Society board member; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; and Jared Walske, Natick Historical Society archival intern.

Scoopapalooza Ice Cream Festival

We were pleased to once again take part in Scoopapalooza at the Natick Common on Saturday, June 27. And our team of employees had fun handling out special ice cream dishes to help visitors satisfy their sweet tooth!

Proceeds from the annual outdoor ice cream fest, help support youth scholarships and SPARK Kindness’ “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” program.

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MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $5,000 to MetroWest ESL Fund

PrintRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the MetroWest ESL Fund.

The Foundation’s donation will support the free Framingham Adult English as a Second Language PLUS program, which helps adults attain fluency in English and also provides GED and citizenship classes. The program has grown from 30 students to more than 700 students each semester since its founding in 1984.

“There is no question that this program is of great value to those in our community who want to strengthen their chances for a brighter future,” said Lamprey. “We are pleased to help MetroWest ESL provide rewarding outcomes for today’s students and to support its efforts to expand in order to accommodate the hundreds of people on its waiting list each semester.”

Ashland Education Foundation awarded $3,500 by Foundation to support Middle School technology initiative

AEFIRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $3,500 grant to the Ashland Education Foundation, Inc. (AEFI) to help meet state Technology Literacy Standards at the middle school level. AEFI is raising funds to purchase a total of 180 Chromebooks to support academic teams teaching in four major subject areas: ELA, math, science, and social studies.

“We are pleased to support Ashland’s efforts to enhance the education of its students by providing an integrated technology base in the curriculum at all school levels,” said Lamprey. “Today’s students will need solid technology knowledge and skills as they advance through the school system and beyond.”

MutualOne Foundation awards $1,000 to support 4th annual ‘Walk to Break the Silence’

PrintMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant in support of the 4th annual “Walk to Break the Silence” scheduled on the common in Downtown Framingham in October.

The walk-a-thon event, which will be sponsored in part by MutualOne Bank, will raise funds for Voices Against Violence, an organization providing free and confidential information, referrals, counseling, advocacy, support services and shelter to survivors/victims of sexual and domestic violence in the MetroWest area.

The pre-Walk rally will include special guests U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair Gerry Leone, former Massachusetts attorney general. Walk participants will include community residents, former Voices Against Violence clients, students from Framingham State University and Framingham High School, members of the Framingham Police Department, and local and state officials.

MutualOne Foundation grants over $9,000 to SPARK Kindness

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $9,125 to SPARK Kindness, a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.

With its award, MutualOne will be the premier corporate sponsor for the third season of the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series hosted at Natick High School and open to the entire MetroWest community.

The Foundation award will help build upon and strengthen the program by the addition of outstanding speakers and experts from beyond the local community. Planned topics include Internet safety/digital citizenship, mental wellness, inclusive education, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention.

“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.