Online Banking Security

Online Banking Security
By Joanne Pearce

Senior Vice President / Risk Management Officer,

Meredith Village Savings Bank

At Meredith Village Savings Bank, we take your personal financial information and security seriously and have implemented vigorous internal security measures to protect your personal and account information while banking at our branches, over the phone and via the web. With keystroke loggers, virus attacks and phishing scams becoming increasingly prevalent, your vigilance and cooperation is also imperative in ensuring a secure online and mobile banking environment.

No matter where you bank, there are a number of things that you can do that will help to protect your information and identity when you are online:

1. Before you enter any personal or financial information on a website, always make sure the computer or mobile access device you are using is equipped with a reputable anti-virus program and firewall that updates routinely.

2. Ensure that you have installed the latest security updates for your operating system and any applications that you use.

3. Keep your web browser updated with the latest security settings and patches.

4. When accessing your accounts using online or mobile banking, we also recommend the following:
• Select a unique, strong password that does not include personal information, such as your name; date of birth, family member's names, etc. for your security.
• Remember to never share your log in credentials with anyone and to only use the ID assigned to you. Do not store this information on or near your computer or mobile access device.
• Do not set your internet browser to remember your passwords or automatically log you in to your online or mobile Banking.
• Only use online or mobile Banking from trusted and secure networks.
• Log out and close the browser completely when you have completed your session.
• Do not open unsolicited or unexpected e-mails and e-mail attachments or install software from unknown sources.
• Make sure your financial and personal information has been properly cleared from your computer or mobile access device before disposing of it.
• If you use SMS (Text Message) banking, remember messages are stored to your phone. Erase these messages periodically.
• If your computer or mobile access device is lost or stolen or if you believe your log in credentials have been compromised, please contact your bank as soon as possible for assistance with protecting your accounts.
• Backup important files to a removable storage device and store it in a safe place.
• Technology changes rapidly, so you'll want to stay aware of the latest threats, especially those affecting the local area. Visit the MVSB Facebook page where we regularly post articles to assist our community members in keeping up to date.

For assistance developing an information security plan for your business including a recommended annual risk assessment and review of security controls, please visit:
www.ftc.gov/infosecurity or www.bbb.org/data-security

To learn more about Meredith Village Savings Bank's measures to protect your personal information, contact us in person at any branch, by telephone at (800)922-6872 or visit our website at mvsb.com/online-banking/security.

Meredith Village Savings Bank is a Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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DiGiorgio Associates and Monitor Builders are gold sponsors for LRGHealthcare golf classic

LACONIA — DiGiorgio Associates Inc. and Monitor Builders Inc. have once again signed-on as Gold Sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic, to be held on August 10 at Laconia Country Club.

Over the years this tournament has raised more than $955,000 to benefit patients at LRGHealthcare. Proceeds from the 2015 Golf Classic will be used to support state-of-the-art Xenex infection control technology – a particularly relevant topic in today's healthcare world.

"DAI and MBI have been great partners and friends to the LRGHealthcare organization over the years. We appreciate their ongoing support of our events and the many important programs which help to keep our community healthy," states LRGHealthcare Annual Fund & Special Events Manager Becky Doherty.

DiGiorgio Associates Inc. (DAI) & Monitor Builders Inc. (MBI) provide quality healthcare planning, design, and construction management services. They have a long history of providing imaginative solutions with thoughtful consideration to an organization's function and feasibility.

DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc. join Title Sponor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Brennan & Pike, Cross Insurance, and Key Bank; Golf Ball Sponosrs Cerner Corporation, FairPoint Communications, and MetroCast Business Services; Bronze Sponsors Auxilio, FirstLight, Franklin Savings Bank, Giguere Electric, Inc., Landmark Benefits, S&P Consultants, Inc., and Zones; Cart Sponors Charter Trust Company and Meredith Village Savings Bank; and Corporate Sponsors Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, Electric Connection Inc., Golden View Health Care Center, Gore & Associates, Gragil Associates/Audit Billing Center, Inc., Jackson Lewis P.C., Lacewood Group Inc. General Contractors, MB Tractor & Equipment, Stanley Elevator Company, Inc., and Tufts Health Freedom Plan.

Taylor Rental joins once again as a major in-kind donor of the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic and Hole-in-One Sponsors include Fratello's Italian Grille; Dr. Racicot and Family who will be sponsoring a Kubota tractor from MB Tractor & Equipment; and The Irwin Automotive Group. More than a hundred businesses and nearly two hundred golfers in two full flights will come out to support this year's LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

Limited foursome spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. We are also seeking auction items. For more information contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare, 527-7063 or visit www.lrgh.org.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

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Local businesses help support Veterans Count Program

LACONIA — Veterans Count was conceived in 2007 when Easter Seals' board member, Mike Salter, sought to bring comprehensive, emergency aid to veterans and their families whose quality of life was significantly impacted by deployment to war zones.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, Salter and the Easter Seals NH President and CEO Larry Gammon approached the NH Joint Force Headquarters (NH National Guard), at that time commanded by Laconia native Major General Kenneth Clark, New Hampshire's Adjutant General, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services for assistance in designing a compassionate, responsive, highly-targeted care program for veterans and their families who were "falling through the cracks," as a result of service to their country.

''The paint was peeling off the walls of the Walter Reed Hospital and their were huge problems with veteran suicides and homelessness,'' says Salter, who said that he saw the need for the private sector to become engaged in veterans programs to provide a support system which was lacking for them.

Easter Seals developed a Care Coordination model centered on highly skilled clinicians meeting one-on-one with service members and their families to address critical issues while building trust and working toward developing long-term self-sufficiency. Care Coordinators met the immediate presenting needs such as food, shelter, transportation and mental health intervention. Once a trusting relationship was established, Care Coordinators were then able to address deeper issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sustainable employment, and long-term housing.

As Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services began to execute its mission, it became clear that more community assistance and fundraising was needed to provide adequate aid. Federal, local and national grants provided for the training and services of Care Coordinators. Yet, the need for additional funding for basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing, etc. was apparent. A task force comprised of business leaders was developed and Veterans Count was formed.

In 2014, a group of dedicated volunteers in the Lakes Region led by Cynthia Makris, Ken Lull and Tim Callahan gathered community leaders to get the ball rolling to launch a new chapter of Veterans Count. At the first meeting of the Veterans Count Lakes Region Chapter, Siddartha Sosa Rodriguez, an airman for the New Hampshire Air National Guard, spoke of the struggles he had reintegrating back into his community after returning from deployment to the Middle East in 2009.

Since connecting with Veterans Count he has secured a stable living environment, gotten married, completed his bachelor's degree in psychology and is working on his master's degree. He is also giving back to other veterans in his role as a Care Coordinator for Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services.

"It's a beautiful thing when the legacy of a WWII Marine is able to help his fellow veterans in New Hampshire today. I was honored to start the Peter Makris Memorial Run in 2007 to continue my father's spirit of giving back to his beloved community and fellow veterans. Starting a Lakes Region Chapter of Veterans Count made a lot of sense," said Makris. "There are so many giving and generous people living in the Lakes Region year round and seasonally who care deeply about our veterans and their needs.''

Yesterday the Lakes Region Chapter hosted the first Veterans Count Golf Tournament at Laconia Country Club. More than $65,000 had been raised in sponsor fees for what organizers hope will be an annual event, with $20,000 of that coming from the proceeds raised during Laconia Motorcycle Week's annual Peter Makris Run, which was started following Peter Makris' death earlier in 2007.

The tournament attracted 100 entries from all parts of New England, including former Boston Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli of Needham, Mass, Bob Grappone of Grappone Auto Junction in Bow, Bob Lawton of Funspot and Milo Pike, the former president and owner of Pike Industries in Belmont.

The Laconia Police Department's Color Guard, made up of police officers Ben Black, Joseph Marquis and John Howe took part in opening ceremonies at Laconia Country Club.

All of the proceeds from the tournament will be used to help support the Veterans Count program.

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Ribbon Cutting at the Landing Zone outdoor restaurant at Gunstock Mountain Resort

 

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 21, at Gunstock Mountain Resort, celebrating the grand opening of a new outdoor restaurant called the Landing Zone. Right in the center of all the action of the Adventure Park, The Landing Zone has great food, events and live entertainment during the summer.

Plans for the new space began over a year ago, and brought in local expertise in design and construction with Belknap Landscaping, contractors for the project. The area has been transformed into one of the Lakes Regions best outdoor dining venues. Work on the project began the day after ski season ended in early April.

"Incorporating outdoor dining as we continue to develop The Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park. Great food is always part of a great experience, and with this ambiance, it is tough to beat", says Greg Goddard, General Manager. A 3,000 square foot patio with a custom stone wall were installed. With seating for 70 plus people, along with the signature 'patio bar', The Landing Zone officially opened on Memorial Day weekend. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm, through Labor Day, and then weekends through Columbus Day Weekend. Come enjoy the new menu and a view second to none. For information check out Gunstock.com or call 603-293-4341

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Community Benefits with MB Tractor and GMI Asphalt

 

 

GILFORD — Ninety-one percent of small business owners have contributed to their community in the last year through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and /or direct cash donations. MB Tractor and GMI Asphalt have made a giant step into this group with their monetary donation as well as equipment donation to construct the Gilford School PTA playground project, the Imagination Station.

MB Tractor and Equipment and GMI will be donating $15,000 along with the equipment needed to build the playground. The Bourgeois family of MB Tractor and Equipment donated $10,000 plus equipment and labor, and the Colby and Bourgeois family of GMI Asphalt donated $5,000.

The first post hole was dug on Wednesday, July 15.

Katie Bryant, a fourth-grade teacher who has been instrumental in joining all the businesses together to bring the Imagination Station to the Gilford Elementary School, explained how the combined effort with MB Tractor and GMI Asphalt for the new playground came about.

"As part of our district's Strategic Plan was to replace our playground in 2015, a committee was formed of staff, parents, school board members, and community members. We have worked since September (2014) on this process," said Bryant.

"The committee," she continued, "reviewed several proposals from playground vendors and we chose Landscape Structures as our company. Their proposal included customization and a nature-inspired theme, both of which were high priorities or our committee."

MB Tractor and GMI Asphalt have set the bar for business-community working together. Creating a better business climate and making the community a better place to live are important reasons to contribute to Imagination Station. There is something exciting about watching the business community working together to turn a dream into a new playground. MB Tractor and GMI Asphalt are an integral part of this community effort to advance the health and well-being of the SAU 73 community.

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