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Business Briefs: Hillcrest Dental Care visits local schools; Goodwill workforce development; Greylock promotion; tips for protecting mobile devices

According to a report by the Federal Reserve, 52 percent of smartphone users have used mobile banking services in the past 12 months. As use of mobile devices continues to climb, cyber criminals are targeting them more frequently.

Hillcrest Dental Care visits schools during Children’s Health Month

Pittsfield — In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. (HDC) began a round of school visits through its Oral Health Education Outreach Program and has extended it through the month of March in order to reach as many school-aged children as possible.

Through the program HDC sends licensed registered dental hygienists out to schools and daycare centers to introduce students to the basics of good oral health with hands-on, engaging classroom presentations. As a bonus all children in attendance receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, and school supplies as well as brochures for parents including information on good oral hygiene practices.

The schools and daycare facilities visited include Tot Spot, Inc.; Craneville Elementary School; Becket Washington Elementary School; Kittredge Elementary School; Berkshire Christian School; and Lee Elementary School, as well as others.

–E.E.

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Goodwill to offer Soft Skills job search workshop

Pittsfield — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires, Inc. will offer a Soft Skills workshop to help job seekers develop crucial skills such as time management, self-motivation, and more.

The next Soft Skills workshop will be held on Fridays beginning on March 4 and running through April 15 on location at Mildred Elley. For registration information call (413) 442-0061.

–E.E.

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Greylock promotes Wojtaszek to Senior Vice President

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James H. Wojtaszek.

Pittsfield — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the promotion of James H. Wojtaszek to Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Intelligence. In his new role, Wojtaszek will be responsible for expanding decision-driven data management and for bringing innovative products to market.

Wojtaszek has worked with Greylock since 1992. In his previous role as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, he was integral in the growth of Greylock’s electronic services, strategic marketing, and sales efforts. He has two sons and lives in Cheshire with his wife, Deborah. Wojtaszek previously resided in Adams where he was a town meeting member and served on many town committees including Finance, Downtown Development, Greylock Glen, and Events Planning.

–E.E.

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Twelve tips for protecting mobile devices

Lakeville, Conn. — As use of mobile devices continues to climb, cyber criminals are targeting them more frequently. According to a report by the Federal Reserve, 52 percent of smartphone users have used mobile banking services in the past 12 months. In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week which runs Sunday, March 6 – Saturday, March 12, Salisbury Bank is highlighting 12 ways consumers can take extra precaution to protect the data on their mobile devices.

Salisbury Bank suggests the following 12 steps to protect a mobile device:

  1. Using the passcode lock on smartphones and other devices will make it more difficult for thieves to access information if the device is lost or stolen.
  2. Log out completely after a mobile banking session.
  3. Protect the phone from viruses and malicious software by installing mobile security software.
  4. Use caution when downloading apps, and beware of apps that ask for unnecessary “permissions.”
  5. Download the updates for the phone and mobile apps.
  6. Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords or social security numbers on mobile devices.
  7. Contact your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
  8. Be aware of “shoulder surfers” and your surroundings, especially when punching in sensitive information.
  9. Wipe the mobile device before donating, selling, or trading it.
  10. Beware of mobile phishing. Avoid opening links and attachments in emails and texts, especially from unknown senders, and be wary of ads claiming the device is infected.
  11. Don’t perform banking transactions on a public Wi-Fi network. If you need to access your account, try disabling the Wi-Fi and switching to your mobile network.
  12. Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

–E.E.

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