Automated Business Solution has been selected as a 2019 ENX Magazine Elite Dealer!

Automated Business Solution has been selected as a 2019 ENX Magazine Elite Dealer!

December 3, 2019 – Toluca Lake, CA—ENX Magazine announced that Automated Business Solutions was among the 137 companies chosen this year as a 2019 Elite Dealer.

In 1992, Alan Albergaria and Bob Maceroni started Automated Business Solutions with a vision to form a company built on a firm foundation of trust, fairness, and integrity that would offer comprehensive office productivity solutions to companies of all sizes.

For over twenty-five years, Automated Business Solutions has experienced remarkable growth and success, due in large measure to the company’s steadfast and unwavering commitment to the owner’s original vision.

“Automated Business Solutions has also made several strategic acquisitions, allowing us to enter new markets and provide new solutions for our growing list of loyal customers. Our acquisitions have given us additional talent that continuously and consistently enhances both the quality and depth of services we provide our customers.”

Automated Business Solutions now offers our services into the Connecticut and Massachusetts markets, due to our acquisitions of Network Imaging in Southington CT, Copiers Etc in Worcester MA, and New Bedford Office Machines in New Bedford, MA. We also significantly increased our IT support and service offerings through our Technology Department, with the acquisition of Office Equipment Center in CT, and DataNet in RI. We also now serve the printing needs of the financial services and banking industry through our acquisition of Printer Support Corporation in 2018.

Today, our team of 85 employees serve over 4,000 partner companies, in virtually every industry and every business size. Our professionally trained Business Development Professionals, IT and Brand Technicians, and Support Staff ensure our clients get the best products, the best advice and the best technical support in our industry.

With the combination of internal growth and strategic acquisitions, our Automated Business Solutions team is positioned to be the high-tech office solution that today’s businesses need to succeed. We are prepared to be your office productivity solutions “Partners in Productivity”!

“Automated Business Solutions is honored to be named an elite dealer. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members,” says President Alan Albergaria, “Our team here is very much a family and our clients are apart of that family as well. It takes all members of our team to earn this title and we are grateful to our clients for letting us help them with their needs.”

ENX Magazine selected this year’s winners based on several criteria, including marketing prowess, digital transformation, leadership, work environment, technology, customer service and charitable endeavors.

“In our eyes, an Elite Dealer makes a concerted effort to produce a winning experience for not just its clients, but its employees and vendors as well,” said Susan Neimes, managing editor of ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging. “A defined corporate culture and a willingness to embrace new technologies—and share them with their customer base—also goes a long way. There’s no one ingredient behind an Elite Dealer—it’s a confluence of many factors that lifts these performers above the rest.”

About ENX Magazine
ENX Magazine is a monthly publication dedicated to the office technology and document imaging industry since 1994. Now in its 26th year, ENX Magazine continues to deliver exclusive editorial coverage on market opportunities and issues, news and trends, company profiles, new products, and industry insights. With a monthly circulation of more than 27,000 hard copies, ENX Magazine serves as a leading integrated resource that brings together industry people, products, and business concepts and strategies for office technology industry professionals.

The magazine also publishes ENX The Week In Imaging, a weekly e-newsletter that provides news, profiles, technology and business updates, along with blogs from some of the industry’s most prominent players.

 

2019 Business Technology Summit

Automated Business Solutions, Inc. packed the house Tuesday Night for an evening of fun, networking, product demonstrations, and seminars. We were proud to raise some good money for the good folks over at Children’s Friend, Inc.. Thank you to our vendor partners, loyal customers, and new business prospects for investing your time to attend. As a locally owned business with 5 offices throughout New England, we could not ask for a better local business partner than the Pawtucket Red Sox. Pictured in the photo is Chairman and Co-Owner of the PawSox, Larry Lucchino and President and Founder of ABS Alan Albergaria.

“Investing in Our Children” 17th Annual Luncheon – Children’s Friend

Automated Business Solutions, Inc. continues its positive work in the community. Vice President of Business Development David Aulisio, MBA and Solutions Consultant Tara Rachels-Lamb were proud to participate in the “Investing in Our Children” 17th Annual Luncheon at the Omni Providence. Proceeds from ABS’ sponsorship will continue to improve the well-being of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children.

Is 5G Worth it?

We know that 5G is fast, and the next-gen mobile connectivity standard should have higher download speeds than 4G. How much faster exactly, though? Try nearly three times, today’s report from the crowd sourced OpenSignal testing reveals. The top speed recorded on a 5G network in the US is 1.8Gbps (we assume this is on AT&T’s testing ground in Texas), while its 4G equivalent comes up to 0.7Gbps.

A recent news out of Korea stated that the country’s three main carriers already have a million 5G subscribers between them. Despite Verizon’s bragging that it managed to execute the first commercial 5G network connection with a phone(Moto Z3 with the respective Mod) – just a day before Korea said it will officially flip its 5G switch – the rollout in the US has been painstakingly slow.

The good news is that Verizon doesn’t charge extra for 5G connectivity, at least for now, but that doesn’t alter the fact that there is a million-strong 5G army in Korea ready for the countrywide 5G network speed tests. So what’s the verdict on Korea’s ubiquitous network. Try 1Gbps vs 0.6Gbps, and this is more of a real-world difference, given how many people are now using 5G in Korea.

When we take average speed, however, the difference is not so stark in Korea. The gap between a 5G phone and a top-shelf 4G one, let’s say between the S10+ and the S10 5G, is merely 48% in favor of 5G, whereas the one between mid range LTE handsets is significantly higher, but still far from the peak speeds differential.

Ransomware: Baltimore

Right now the City of Baltimore public offices are being held for ransom. Key files have been encrypted and city workers can not use their work email accounts or conduct many of their routine duties. The anonymous crooks are demanding ~$76,000 in bitcoin. As we all know by now, paying the ransom can’t guarantee the city will get all of its data back.

All four independent contractors hired to study the attack determined the ransomware variety to be EternalBlue. This exploit was developed by the NSA and leaked online in October 2017.

 

As Baltimore continues to endure it’s 5th week under siege, we need to continue to keep in mind the best practices that keep us safe online.

Here are 7 tips from Norton Antivirus

  1. Do not pay the ransom. It only encourages and funds these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that you will be able to regain access to your files.
  2. Restore any impacted files from a known good backup. Restoration of your files from a backup is the fastest way to regain access to your data.
  3. Do not provide personal information when answering an email, unsolicited phone call, text message or instant message. Phishers will try to trick employees into installing malware, or gain intelligence for attacks by claiming to be from IT. Be sure to contact your IT department if you or your coworkers receive suspicious calls.
  4. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall. Maintaining a strong firewall and keeping your security software up to date are critical. It’s important to use antivirus software from a reputable company because of all the fake software out there.
  5. Do employ content scanning and filtering on your mail servers. Inbound e-mails should be scanned for known threats and should block any attachment types that could pose a threat.
  6. Do make sure that all systems and software are up-to-date with relevant patches. Exploit kits hosted on compromised websites are commonly used to spread malware. Regular patching of vulnerable software is necessary to help prevent infection.
  7. If traveling, alert your IT department beforehand, especially if you’re going to be using public wireless Internet. Make sure you use a trustworthy Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing public Wi-Fi like Norton Secure VPN.

Ditch Internet Explorer for good!

Recently Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s worldwide lead for cybersecurity, decided to clear the air on Microsoft’s legacy Internet Explorer (IE).  Microsoft considers Internet Explorer a compatibility solution for business/enterprise customers that deal with legacy sites that aren’t updated for modern web browsers.  In fact the underlying technologies for Internet Explorer haven’t been updated since 1999.  IE should be used very selectively for internal sites that need it.

Jackson also says that Microsoft isn’t supporting new web standards for IE, so while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren’t testing for Internet Explorer these days. They’re testing on modern browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

Safely Remove USB Flash Drives? Not on Windows 10

Just about every tech “expert” you meet will tell you that it’s super important to safely eject a flash drive before pulling it out of your PC.

Well, Microsoft confirmed once and for all that – in Windows 10 – it’s no longer a thing you need to worry about. In October, Windows 10 introduced a feature called “quick removal” which lets users disconnect a drive anytime.  It’s now the default setting for each new drive you plug into Windows 10. Quick Removal keeps Windows from continuously trying to write information to the drive, which helps in the event you disconnect it.

Just another reason how Windows 10 is making the computing experience safer for everyone.

Market Share Update!

Windows 10 is officially the most used version of Windows (worldwide).

Password Change Policies – An Expired Approach to Security

Hate changing your password every 60, 90 or 120 days? So does Microsoft.

The company recently decided that it plans to drop expiring password policies in its security configuration baseline for Windows 10 & Windows Server.

“Periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and we [Microsoft] don’t believe its worthwhile for our baseline to enforce any specific value”, explains Aaron Margosis, a Microsoft principal consultant.

Organizations will not be able to pick their own password expiration date or choose not to have one at all.

Forcing users to pick a new password is a defense only against a valid password or password hash being stolen and used by an unauthorized person. The policy doesn’t offer much protection, but does create headaches for end-users.

Microsoft’s proposal follows US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) overhaul of its guidance for password rules two years ago, which dropped periodic password changes and password complexity requirements.

It’s important to note that Microsoft isn’t changing its requirements for minimum password length, history or complexity, and still recommends administrators use tools which ban common passwords.

Support for Windows 7/ Server 2008 is ending January 2020

All good things must come to an end. Is your business ready to move on?

Even if you’re not quite ready for Windows 10, if you aren’t on top of your Windows updates, your Windows 7 PC or server running Server 2008 may no longer be supported in July 2019. A full six months sooner than the announced End Of Life date. It’s important to start thinking about the future now.

What does this mean if I continue to use Windows 7 / Server 2008?

You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your device will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates leaving your business open to hackers and cyber criminals.

Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PCwith Windows 10.

Can I upgrade my existing server to Server 2016?

We wouldn’t recommend it. Upgrading an older server to run a newer operating system is like putting a fresh coat of paint on rotting wood.

Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.

Are there other Microsoft products that will no longer be supported?

Yes. Office 2010, Exchange Server 2010, Sharepoint Server 2010, SQL Server 2008/R2, and Windows Server 2008/R2 will also no longer receive security updates or support.

Do you have one or more of these products installed on your network? Not sure which product you’re using or if you’re up to date? Call us. One of our IT professionals would be happy to sit down and discuss the needs for your individual business.

Major League Tech

Major League Tech

America’s pastime seems to hold out the strongest when it comes to resisting technology. Something about the game bleeds tradition. Even as it changes and adapts, baseball has remained a classic and authentic sport played by century old franchises.

Slowly, we’re going to start seeing more tech on the field. In February, Major League Baseball announced a partnership with the Atlantic League. The indie league will begin testing an automated umpire system called TrackMan. TrackMan (which is already installed in 30 Major League parks) measures speed and position of pitches to assist umpires in calling balls or strikes. It will look a lot like what we see on our televisions at home.

The MLB isn’t 100% on board with making TrackMan the final judge on pitches yet, but with umpires missing about 20% of calls right now, it may not be a bad idea to get started sooner rather than later.

Does baseball lose authenticity by bringing tech into the game? Or are we better off knowing the correct call was made at the right time? I’m sure New Orlean’s Saint’s fans wish they had some tech on their side during the NFC championship game. Does the spirit of baseball require human error?