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What is a Toner Pirate? And other Security Questions

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Toner pirates are a major scare in today's print world. Laugh at the name if you must – even throw in a little pirate talk, 'Arrrggg…' but stay away from toner pirates, whatever you do! They do not sell a product that you want to buy.

Toner pirates are scam artists that take advantage of cash strapped companies to sell fake, useless toner or other products that don't do the job if they even arrive.

Plan Your Technology Refresh

You spend your whole life up to date with every new singer and song. Then, one day, you realize that you don't recognize anything on the radio, and they don’t make music like they used to. You start to avoid the new stuff only listening to things from your college days.

When Should I Upgrade My Technology?

When is the worst time to decide you need a new car? It’s probably when you’re on the side of the road in your old, broken down clunker that just won’t run anymore. Hopefully, you’ve never experienced that before. Unfortunately, businesses often find themselves in that exact situation when it comes to their computer systems. As businesses are increasingly dependent on technology, it’s ironic that attitudes about their upkeep and replacement remain lax. Why is that attitude dangerous and what can you do to combat it?

Break/Fix Cycles

How a Print Audit Saves Money

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Have you recently taken stock of your print environment? Some companies have a regular process to check in with print, but some rarely take a look at what it costs your company. That could be a bigger deal than you think.

Print audits can save almost 3% of your company's revenue by finding inefficiencies and high print costs that can be dramatically reduced. How is this possible? Read on!

5 Tips for Improving Office Efficiency

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No matter what industry you are in, your investment in technology in recent years, and especially the last two decades, has grown exponentially. Especially with office equipment, no one has to use old, outdated equipment anymore. Are you?

Today's Tech Gets it Done

The most cost-effective office operations solutions are updated, high-tech pieces of equipment that do everything you need, and more. Convenient, updated, and with features that will save time and money, it might be a good time to look at better office equipment.

3 Ways to Get Out in Front of Other Paperless Offices

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Document management came on the scene and leveled-up the playing field for the paperless office. Now, your entire office can be scanned, saved, organized, searchable, and securely stored in the cloud. It’s like a new world for operations!

There are reasons to get on board with this trend quickly, instead of waiting for it to update more. First off, your business wants to stay ahead of this feature so that your operations don’t get behind. Why does it matter? We’ll dig in, with three ways to get ahead of other paperless offices listed below.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

 

If you own or run a small business you know, better than anyone, that it’s not easy work. It takes a lot of time and energy to meet the demands expected of you every week. That's why certain aspects of running a business, such as cybersecurity, often take a backseat to other, more urgent issues. Many small business owners look at cybersecurity as something they’ll get to when they have the time. Others rely on whoever in-house knows the most about computers. 

 

Hackers are After Healthcare Information

 

When you think of a hacker frantically tapping away in a dark room, who do you think he’s targeting? Banks? The government? Try healthcare information. 2018 saw three times as many healthcare-related cyberattacks as the year prior, and 2019 is holding onto that momentum. 

Healthcare breaches are much larger in scope than we imagine. While you might think this affects a few dozen people at most, these hacks end up gathering information on thousands — sometimes millions — of patients at a time. One of the largest beaches this year (AMCA), exposed over 20 million patients. While these numbers can be mind-boggling, they do bring some important questions to mind. 

 

Watch Out for Counterfeit Printer Supplies

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Investing in printer supplies may seem easy or like a no-brainer. Cheapest is best. Wait, wait – that's not it.

That mindset has helped "toner pirates," selling scam toner and putting businesses in precarious security situations, to thrive and prey on any company that doesn't build a stable relationship with a vendor and knows where their toner is coming from.

Don't be fooled by these fakes! It can have severe implications for your entire business.

Rise of Ransomware

From a technology standpoint, there’s never been a better time to be alive. Chatting with people for free all across the world or opening your front door at home while in a business meeting, it seems that our interconnected world has unlimited possibilities. Sadly, that can go really wrong when people with less than pure motives take advantage. Viruses and other threats are on the rise, and there is one word whose very mention sends shivers down the spine of mortal cybersecurity professionals everywhere: ransomware. 

Ransome is so frightening because of how quickly it is becoming a major issue across all systems worldwide and how devastating it is for businesses. Today, we will be discussing this threat and what you need to do to keep it out of your business.   

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