Securing My Life in 2016

Let me start by saying I’ve had my personal information compromised when large companies were hacked twice. I used my debit card to make purchases with Home Depot and with Sony shortly before they were each hacked a few years ago.

Because I think internet privacy is important, and also because I don’t intend on having my identity stolen I’ve started using a few different free, secure communication services that I’ll post here in case you also plan to prevent identity theft.

The first and maybe most important is an email provider called Proton Mail. All servers are hosted in Switzerland (who has much more stringent privacy laws than the US) under 1000 meters of rock. I’ll be using this account to replace my google account for everything connected to my bank accounts, Paypal, Venmo, etc.

Web: protonmail.com

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/…/protonmail-encrypted…/id979659905

Second I would recommend installing Signal. It’s an encrypted text messaging / calling app endorsed by Edward Snowden.

Web: whispersystems.org

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/…/signal-private-messe…/id874139669

Third, because I don’t have a company cell phone and my cell number is connected to several accounts that should be more secure, I’ve started using Sideline. It allows me to have a second phone number on the same phone that I can give out more freely or put on a business card and not worry about it being used to access my personal information.

Web: www.sideline.com/

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/…/sideline-2nd-phone…/id1012032539…

It feels like we’ll never really have the tools to maintain 100% private online lives. Hopefully by using a few of these we can make a few hacker’s jobs more difficult.

Tech Talk – October 2016 – SMTP

What is SMTP?

You may have heard this acronym once or twice when talking about scanning to an email address.

SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. It’s the method of communication that moves your email across networks (like the Internet.) SMTP works with the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) to send your information to the correct computer and email inbox. SMTP spells out and directs how your email moves from your computer’s MTA to an MTA on another computer, or several computers.

What is an SMTP Server?

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Automated Business Solutions Teams up with the PawSox

Register for the event here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9eqqz9qab&oeidk=a07edaycs4q97b597ad

Automated Business Solutions (ABS), a leading provider of business and technology solutions, in conjunction with their product partner Lexmark, a world-wide provider of laser printers and enterprise software, are proud to announce they will host a Business Summit at McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox. 

The Business Summit will be held in the home clubhouse of McCoy Stadium on November 9, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be a technology showcase for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer needs, and will feature PawSox Chairman, Larry Lucchino, as the presenting speaker.

“We are proud to partner officially with ABS and Lexmark, leaders in print management and technology services,” PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino said.  “Our front office regularly and substantially benefits from the outstanding equipment and attention to detail they provide the Pawtucket Red Sox.”

The Business Summit represents a unique activation for the “Official Printing and Imaging Solutions Partner of the PawSox.” As a component of the partnership with the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, ABS and Lexmark were given prominent placement on a co-branded sign located above the right field videoboard within the ballpark. Additionally, ABS was also the presenting partner of the PawSox Corporate Partner Appreciation BBQ that was held at McCoy Stadium on August 25th.

“Now that the season has concluded for 2016 season and we look ahead to a busy offseason, our Front Office looks forward to working with ABS and Lexmark, who remain critical partners and will continue to provide us with innovative solutions,” said PawSox Senior Vice President/General Manager Dan Rea. “We’re particularly excited to host an ABS/Lexmark business summit showcasing their product integration at McCoy Stadium on November 9th.”

Alan Albergaria, president of ABS, stated, “The most important things in business include maintaining your integrity, providing great value and surrounding yourself with talented people and resources.  Like the PawSox, Automated Business Solutions continues to offer great products and services at affordable prices. In Today’s world, one must “keep up” with technology to offer great value to their business partners.  We are honored and proud to be affiliated with this fine organization and the opportunity to participate in this exciting partnership with the PawSox.”

ABS to hold monthly Lunch & Learns!

Automated Business Solutions is proud to announce their series of Lunch & Learns! From now until December, your total office answer will be holding Lunch & Learns on Document Management. The purpose of these events is to educate current and potential clients of the benefits of document management. At the Lunch & Learn, there will be tips on best practices and demonstrations of their software.

President Alan Albergaria said, of the events, “We’re excited to share the benefits of utilizing workflow solutions in the workplace.”  In addition to the demonstrations, there will be an open discussion and Q & A with current users of their product. Space is limited however, so Automated Business Solutions asks that if you are interested in attending to please contact them. The Lunch & Learns will be held at Automated Business Solutions and Network Imaging on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month until December. For a complete list of dates, see below.

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 RI
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 CT
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 RI
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 CT
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016 RI
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CT
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 RI
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 CT

Giving Back

ABS is happy to be supporting the American Lung Association.

Team ABSNE (#teamABSNE) pulled together to raise over 200 dollars for the Lung Force Walk of Warwick RI on Saturday June 11th. The charity event is aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight against lung cancer and for lung health. Our own Warren Morse pulled the team together for the event. In addition to supporting such a fantastic cause, the team got to meet some great people! A big shout-out to the team of folks from the Rhode Island Medical Imaging Center.

     TeamABSNE LungWalk

Did you know?

  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in America, and most people aren’t aware
  • Anyone can get it — if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer, and it’s on the rise in women
  • More than 33 million Americans suffer from asthma, COPD, and other lung diseases

Network Imaging Product & Technology Showcase

Join Network Imaging and ABS for our Connecticut Open House! It will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, at the Hartford Marriott Farmington in Farmington, CT. We will be featuring products from Canon, Sharp, Lexmark, FP Postage, KIP, and Kyocera – with our new KIP Color 860 wide format machine on display! Attend presentations on IT Managed Service Options that can help save you money, The Benefits of Document Management, and how implementation of workflow can improve your business’s efficiency and effectiveness. But it won’t be all business: we will have fun games where you can win prizes such as NI/ABS promotional items, gift cards, scratch tickets, and more! And that’s not all – we’re having two raffles: one with prizes including gift cards, Keurigs, an iPad, and more! Our other raffle is a 50/50 raffle for Make a Wish Foundation of CT.

 

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Automated Business Solutions / Network Imaging are now a Canon Authorized Dealer

 

We are proud to announce that Automated Business Solutions and Network Imaging are now Authorized Dealers of Canon U.S.A., Inc. products. With the prestige and history of Canon U.S.A., Inc., and the trusted excellence of our company, customers are guaranteed a superior and reliable experience.

Canon ensures that Authorized Dealers are required to meet high customer service and support standards. Also, dealers of Canon products provide significant benefits to customers, such as access to genuine Canon products, supplies, and accessories; access to specialized Canon administrative support services and repair facilities, and all-inclusive support for Canon product warranties. Alan Albergaria, President of Automated Business Solutions, is “excited to be an authorized dealer of a company with such an honorable reputation in technology and office products.” He says, “At ABS, we believe that as an Authorized Dealer of Canon products, customers will be extremely satisfied, which is the most important element in our philosophy.”

About Automated Business Solutions

ABS, along with its Network Imaging company, provide, maintain and repair the office equipment that makes it easier and more cost-efficient to perform tasks including printing, copying, scanning, collating, faxing, folding, stapling and mailing. Over the past twenty years, ABS has grown and expanded, while still maintaining the same personalized service their original customers had come to expect. With the addition of Network Imaging, this customer-centric focus has grown even stronger. ABS trains employees to be experts in their functional areas, thereby having the best customer support team in the industry. ABS has always been the leader in providing network capable technicians in Rhode Island. They sell, support and service computer hardware and networking solutions – no third party is needed for network development or maintenance.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

For sixty years, Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced innovative technology that greatly advanced the business world. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, they specialize in the manufacturing of cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, computer printers and medical equipment.

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Providence Business News

In this article featured in Providence Business News, Automated Business Solutions President and owner Alan Albergaria speaks about the company’s continued growth, “We continue to add to our IT/network services offerings every day. Our slogan is that we are ‘the total office answer’ and that’s our differentiator.”

Read the full article here: http://pbn.com/Expanding-offerings-efficiency-are-hallmarks,99931?

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