Next time you create another password, pay a little more attention and make it a stronger more secure one!  The goal is to prevent attackers from gaining access to your account and stealing your personal information.

Unfortunately, even though people may think this type of criminal activity is somewhat rare, identity theft statistics show that your chances of being affected might be much higher than you think.  Identity theft is one of the most common consequence of data breaches.

In 2017, 1 in 15 people became victims of identity fraud, and 1 in 5 victims have had their identities stolen more than once.  In other words, if your chances of winning the lottery were 1 in 15, like the odds of being an ID theft victim, we would all have family, friends and colleagues who were millionaires.

Although we can’t help you secure a future Lotto 6/49 prize, we can offer some thoughts on changing your odds when it comes to identity theft statistics.

Some good prevention tactics include changing passwords regularly, being cautious when putting personal information on social media and checking your bank and credit accounts frequently to spot fraudulent transactions.

Your password should be long, complex and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:

  • Avoid common words or phrases

    Don’t use information available to others like your birthday, phone number, or Social Security number. Attackers often use a dictionary of previously exposed passwords and information gathered from the internet to help them guess a password.

  • Change passwords quickly if there is a breach

    Attackers who steal data from companies often obtain password information. If you receive a notification from a company about a possible breach, change that password and any account that uses a similar password immediately.

  • Consider a password manager

    Most people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords. Consider storing your passwords and security questions in a password manager, an easy-to-access application that allows you store all your valuable password information in one place. Use a strong password to secure the information in your password manager.

If you forget your password, most companies require you to answer security questions to regain access. Here are some tips to make sure an attacker can’t use your security questions as a way to get into your account:

  • Select security questions where only you know the answer. Many security questions ask for answers to information available in public records or online, like your postal code, mother’s maiden name, birth place. That is information a motivated attacker can obtain.
  • Don’t use answers to security questions that can be guessed. An attacker can guess the answer to a security question that has a limited number of responses (dates, colors, Provinces, countries). Avoid questions like “What Province were you born in?” or “What color was your first car?” which allow an attacker to guess all possible answers.
  • Don’t give a generic answer to a security question. Find an answer to a security question that you will remember but is also more complicated than a generic word. For example, if the security question asks “What is your favorite childhood memory?” the answer “watching the Dodgers with my mom” is more secure than “baseball.”

Do you like these Tips?  Call now to speak to one of our security experts.

or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com to arrange a complimentary consultation.

Contributed by Erick Preza

For a hospitality property a working phone system is a priority. It is an emergency if the phone system is not working. However, it is part of the property that is rarely thought of, like a chair or a desk. 

For most property’s features have been relatively static since the addition of voice mail, but this is changing fast with new technology.

For larger properties, Nutec has been supplying PC attendant consoles, formalized call centres and advanced 911 options. Nutec also supplies paging, sound systems, two-way radios, WiFi and surveillance systems for hotels and motels. We are happy to talk to you about these as well.

Here are some new options that appeal to properties of all sizes:

CRYSTAL PLASTIC FACEPLATES

Have your guest room phone faceplates printed on crystal plastic, and they are water and stain-proof, much more durable than paper and the colours last longer.

MOBILITY

Unleash your night manager from the front desk. Get better communication with maintenance and other staff. Add an extension of your NEC phone system to a live or WiFi-only cell phone. Most properties use a cordless phone with a limited range.

 IN HOTEL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

For up to 120 rooms NEC has a phone system that includes a complete comprehensive integrated Property Management System. No additional computer or monthly fees are required. Easy to use for faster billing or rooms, calls, mini bar, spa, restaurant and lounge.

  • Room allocation – See current and future guests on a colour coded calendar view
  • Jump to Date – Quick access to any future date
  • Guest Filter – Easily find a guest reservation or stay using the filters
  • Room Management – See the colour coded status of all rooms (clean/dirty/out of order)
  • Folio Management – Add charges for services and products to guest folio
  • Invoice Generation – Complete invoice generation for room nights, services & telephone calls
  • Message Service – Capture messages for guests with automatic room notification
  • Flexible Room Rates – Based on calendar dates or days of the week
  • Multiple Connections – No license for additional connections, folio items can be added by housekeeping or restaurant
  • Guest Stay Information – Capture information about the guest, contact details and stay reasons; opportunity to build CRM database of guests
  • Custom Products & Services – Can be created & added to the guest folio
  • Checkin/Checkout Functions – Automatically control telephone restrictions
  • Guest Name Display – the Guest name is transferred when the guest checks in, displayed on reception phone when a call is received from the room
  • Telephone Billing – All calls are captured and billed against the guest folio
  • Flexible Rates – Custom rates can be configured to allow the hotel to set its own call rates
  • Multiple Telephones – Multiple telephones can be grouped into a single room and billed to a single guest stay
  • Hotelier Control – The hotelier can set call restrictions (local only/local & national/ international), block room to room calls and set Do Not Disturb feature from the hotel console
  • Centralized Wakeup Call Management – Wakeup calls can be set by the guest or hotelier & managed, modified or cancelled within InHotel

 

 

 

Or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com for a professional consultation!

Contributed by Trevor Naish

On July 17, 2019 Erick Preza represented Nutec Electro Tel in the 26th Annual Richard John Evans Memorial Golf Tournament at the Belvedere Golf & Country Club  in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

 

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The participants enjoyed a fine day and helped raise money for a great cause!

And, there were great sponsors including Mercedes Benz Edmonton West!

Toll Fraud Prevention

What is toll fraud?

Toll fraud is the theft of long-distance telephone service. Toll fraud takes many forms. It is particularly prevalent on phone systems that have not been secured. Toll fraud poses a worldwide problem. Fraudsters can easily rack up many of thousands of dollars in long distance charges before you know it’s happening.

How does it occur?

Fraudsters may attack your telephone system by using various techniques that help them guess the passwords for voicemail boxes. Fraudulent operators access your telephone system if your passwords are easy to guess.

Your responsibilities

Costs associated with calls placed on your phone lines are your responsibility, regardless of whether you authorized those calls or not. For this reason, it is imperative that you take steps to protect your company against toll fraud.

How can you protect your voice system?

Be proactive! Take these important steps to protect against toll fraud. If you do not, it is only a matter of time before you become a victim. Following are some general guidelines to protect your company against toll fraud. We encourage you to take due diligence above and beyond what is listed here.

  1. Toll restriction: International locations are the major destination for toll fraud calls. Block all international numbers and only enable calls to those places that you need to call. If possible, setup passwords for long distance calls. If this is a possibility, change the passwords regularly, and especially when an employee has left the company.
  2. General security: Follow best practices for all security, including monitoring resources for vulnerability, maintaining patches and reviewing logs. Consider utilizing standards-based security add-ons where possible.
  3. After-hours calls: Restrict all outbound after-hours calling.
  4. Limit access: Limit system access to authorized personnel only, even during company business hours.
  5. Passwords: Immediately change the default passwords provided with your phone systems, and include password changes as part of your regular maintenance, and when personnel leave your company. Require complex passwords.
  6. Unused mailboxes and phones: Proactively disable mailboxes and remove all access to outgoing employees immediately. This is not only to protect against retaliation from disgruntled former employees, but also against anyone who may obtain that person’s security information.
  7. External transfer: Restrict call forwarding and call transfer features, especially to external numbers. Program your phone system so that extensions can forward only to known numbers, and restrict all others. Never forward a caller to 901 or 90#.
  8. Software patches: Make sure your phone and voicemail systems are up-to-date and that all current patches have been installed.
  9. Monitoring: Monitor calling patterns and usage on a regular, scheduled basis. High costs can be generated in a very short period of time and will continue until action is taken to stop it.
  10. Block Collect Calls: Block the system from accepting reverse charges on telephone calls – opt for a toll-free number instead.
  11. DISA Numbers: Never publish any phone numbers that could provide direct access to your system (DISA). Change your DISA numbers periodically, and issue a different DISA authorization code for all users. Warn users to never write down their authorization codes.
  12. Invalid Access Attempts: Identify invalid access attempts to your DISA and route them to an operator. Implement DISA ports that drop the line when an invalid code is entered and program your PBX to generate an alarm when an unusual number of invalid attempts are made, and to disable the port after a set number of invalid attempts.
  13. Modems: Eliminate three-way calling on all extensions that use modems. Physically disconnect modems that are not in use.
  14. Firewalls: Restrict access to the SIP port(s) on your PBX to only allow SIP traffic from your provider’s IP address, and block it from any other sources.

Or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com for a professional consultation!

 

Nutec Electro Tel in the Community

On Saturday, May 25, 2019 Nutec Electro Tel participated in the Camrose Open Door Association Charity Golf Tournament. Chris MacKay, Brent Steeves, Myles Steeves, and Erick Preza were our team members at this event!

The Camrose Open Door Association is a regional non-profit organization that offers support services and hope to youth in need between the ages of 11 and 24. The Open Door offers support, effective services, and a safe place for youth in need to grow and transition into successful adulthood, becoming contributing members of the community.

In the recent years, fiber optics is steadily replacing copper wires.

Fiber optics is a better and apt means of transmitting communication signals. Today, fiber optics cable span across long distances between local phone systems. In addition, it also serves as the backbone for many networking systems including:

  • Telephone systems
  • University campus
  • Office buildings
  • Industrial plants
  • Electric utility companies
  • Internet connectivity

Why Fiber Optics?

Because of the Low loss, high bandwidth properties of fiber cable they can be used over greater distances than copper cables, in data networks this can be as much as 2km without the use of repeaters. Their light weight and small size also make them ideal for applications where running copper cables would be impractical, and by using multiplexors one fiber could replace hundreds of copper cables.

The gap between the unfilled growing needs of the telecommunications industry and the growing demands for more bandwidth created a huge opportunity for fiber optics to make a breakthrough in performance and cost.

In many ways, the telecommunications industry was adopting much of the technology that had been deployed in submarine fiber optic systems for years. Submarine fiber optic systems, which must run for thousands of miles underwater, have always been on the leading edge in terms of the largest possible capacity and the longest possible transmission distance on a single fiber as well as the highest possible reliability.

Until the Internet created a need to dramatically increase the capacity of terrestrial systems, most of the technologies associated with leading edge submarine fiber optic systems had been largely ignored by the telecommunications industry.

In the late 1990’s, many large telecommunications equipment suppliers recognized the huge financial opportunity that was looking for greatly expanded capacity and distance on the fibers that they already had deployed. However, most of the new systems that were being developed tended to be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

The new systems that many of the telecommunication equipment suppliers conceived would increase the capacity by a factor of eight or perhaps sixteen and may double the maximum distance to a few hundred kilometers.

Interested in more information on fiber optics and related topics? 

Call 1-800-898-3336 or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com.

Contributed by Erick Preza

To manage or not to manage – that is the question!

Many organizations are considering cloud or hosted solutions for various parts of their IT infrastructure. Some are even considering outsourcing the entire function of IT.

How does voice communications fit into this growing trend? Hosted voice solutions can provide attractive price and ease of management. In today’s complex unified communications environment there are some pitfalls. The basic architecture and connectivity of the hosted model is often limited. It does not allow for many features and devices that are considered basic and necessary by most users. Components not generally supported in a hosted voice offering may include: digital phone sets, analog devices and faxing. Features commonly desired like music on hold, overhead paging and wireless handsets may not be normally offered in a hosted environment.

Each organization needs to determine whether their telephone infrastructure can be managed internally or whether it’s more cost effective and convenient to outsource the management to a service provider.

IP Telephony is an ideal solution when replacing an aging and/or obsolete PABX.

Additionally, there are many advantages of adopting a managed telephony service, including:

  • Reduced staff costs
  • Improved service levels
  • Smooth infrastructure maintenance and upgrades
  • Access to latest technology
  • Improved capacity management and flexibility
  • Reduced cost of ownership, including call costs, maintenance, management, & upgrades
  • Enterprise service levels and uptime
  • Visibility of costs, SLAs, features and technology

Nutec Electro Tel offers a Managed Communications Plan combining the attractive pricing and ease of a hosted solution with multi-device support and full features of a traditional telephony system, on site with more control, better management, and better reliability.

  • Budget Certainty
  • All the latest unified communication features
  • Desktop device of your choice; IP, digital, analog, softphone, remote IP sets
  • Voice mail with integration to email
  • Cellular smart phone integration
  • Data switches required to support IP phones
  • Music & Message on hold
  • External paging interface
  • Battery backup
  • Offsite Disaster Recovery/Redundancy options
  • Multisite support and networking
  • Full on-site maintenance coverage including parts and on-site labor
  • Remote moves, adds and changes

Available products and services include:

  • Telco network costs (may be bundled with Managed Communications Plan upon request)
  • Customer premise wiring
  • External paging amplifiers and speakers

Helping you select and fund rapidly evolving technology.

Interested in more information? Call now: 1-800-898-3336 or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com to arrange a complimentary needs analysis.

Managed Telephone Solutions 

A smart business has a good product, hires qualified employees, and has a good marketing strategy.  In addition to protecting against outside threats, video surveillance offers a number of advantages that can safeguard your assets.

Check out some of the top reasons you should get quality video surveillance for your company:

  1. Protection from thieves

This is one of the most popular reasons for installing video surveillance in any business. Visible security cameras can deter potential thieves from stealing or from vandalizing your property because they worry they’ll be caught. You are a lot more likely to catch them if you have the incident recorded on video.

  1. Protection from internal damage

Many hidden threats don’t always come from the classic image of a bad guy in a black mask. Lots of threats are internal and can come from your own employees. Video surveillance can help you identify any employees who are stealing from you, or who aren’t honestly reporting the facts.

  1. Increased compliance

With 360-degree vision, video surveillance is essential for dangerous workplaces. It can help ensure that every employee adheres to federal and provincial protocols. By ensuring compliance with the rules, you avoid fees and keep your business protected.

  1. Increased savings

Getting video surveillance can help you save money and cut business costs. Having video surveillance is cheaper than having security guards on every floor. Additionally, analyzing video footage of your building can help you to identify areas that aren’t being used as much or spot other areas where money is being wasted.

  1. Evidence in disputes

If there’s ever a business disagreement, video surveillance can offer recorded footage that reveals the facts. It’s an objective way of reviewing the event to see what really happened.

  1. Employee protection

Even if you do a great job managing your business, your employees may still face some dangers. Occasionally work injuries may happen, especially if you work in construction or in a warehouse setting. Video surveillance can monitor what happens so you know the facts, and you can review the video to make changes and increase safety for the future. And finally, rather than sending more employees into a dangerous workplace to monitor compliance, you can manage the area remotely. Your employees will also be protected against sexual harassment and other forms of bullying and misconduct.

Interested in more information?

If you’re ready to keep your business safe and your revenue skyrocketing, call 1-800-898-3336 or email sales@nutecelectrotel.com.

Keep Your Business Safe with Video Surveillance

Contributed by Erick Preza

Join the Cloud Crowd . . .

It’s Time to Move Your Business Communications into the Cloud

There’s still plenty of room for your business in the Cloud!

Embrace UCaaS: Unified Communications as a Service

UCaaS is an all-in-one solution, a single payment service that includes voice, messaging, mobile features, conferencing, collaboration, and a wealth of other communication services. Easily add new features and applications as they become available without substantial investment costs.

“There are two times when it makes more sense to go with UCaaS than a premise-based UC anchor: always and now.” ~ Dave Michels, Unified Communications Strategies

Top 4 Benefits of UCaaS: Software-based Communications in the Cloud

1. Lower Costs: Changes in communications are happening at an unprecedented rate. It simply makes no sense to invest in an on-premises communications system that could be obsolete within 12 months of installation. With UCaaS, the provider shoulders the burden of maintaining and upgrading your communications technology infrastructure.

2. Flexibility: Fast provisioning of new applications and features gives you a level of agility in your communications system previously unheard of.

3. OPEX versus CAPEX: UCaaS is a service, not an investment in hardware. You choose a solution to fit your business needs and only pay for what you use, making communications an Operating Expense (OPEX) rather than a traditional Capital Expense (CAPEX).

4. Reduce Demands on In-House IT Staff: Keep your IT staff’s focus and energy on your core business.

Advanced Applications

UC applications are becoming more advanced. These emerging sets of communications tools will be easier to deploy through a cloud platform setting. Applications will start to develop more intelligence, integrating with the business software of other vendors like Salesforce. Salesforce is the premiere customer relationship management (CRM) tool used by many industries. Like many emerging powerhouses in technology, Salesforce is a cloud-based platform.

While most cloud-based offerings are relatively new to the market, there are several players, such as NEC, which bring decades of experience and stability to their products. The functionality of UC applications will increase, as well as their security and stability. NEC’s Managed Security Services provides the communications security features every business should look for. These will be the tools many businesses and organizations employ to improve productivity, customer satisfaction and team collaboration.

Communications Through the Cloud

Tom Nolle on No Jitter believes the cloud will continue to grow, with flexibility in the forefront. With remote workers in coffee shop locations, road warriors traveling in the sky, and personal devices being brought into the office, a cloud-based communications solution will allow its variety of users and devices to easily connect to their UC infrastructure. IT staff will be able to better maintain multiple office locations through the business cloud. Cloud communications will help teams collaborate on assignments and improve productivity.

Get in touch with Nutec Electro Tel today toll-free at 1-800-898-3336 or email: sales@nutecelectrotel.com to schedule your no-obligation assessment and consultation.

Get the RoIP Advantage

Many traditional communications services have been enhanced thanks to IP technology in recent years. Radio is just one platform that is more flexible and functional when handled over a digital network connection. So what are the main advantages of RoIP (Radio over IP)?

The benefits of radio over IP are relevant to a surprisingly large audience. ~ Shaun Richards

Aside from cost, the main reason to adopt RoIP in an organization results from endowing radio communications with much greater possibilities.

It is easy to see why so many businesses in different industries are starting to jump on the RoIP bandwagon. From enterprises with operators who need to handle radio dispatching to contractors who require a quick way to communicate with colleagues while they are out in the field, RoIP offers an affordable and flexible platform through which this can be achieved.

Empower your business operations easily and license-free with IP two-way radios!

These are great for:

– Warehouses
– Restaurants
– Hotels
– Manufacturing
– Museums
– Shopping Malls
– Department Stores
– Universities
– Security Guards
– Hospitals
– Care Centres

How does it work?

WLAN

Communications are distributed across WLAN access points in an IP network which makes it easy to expand the system. Many users in the system can transmit simultaneously. When headsets are connected to the radios, users can talk concurrently in full duplex – similar to talking on a regular telephone.

An IP radio system for wireless networks is a product that bridges the gap between license-free and licensed radio devices. The system is easy to connect to an existing wireless network and allows full duplex communication with reliable sound quality.

Get in touch with Nutec Electro Tel today toll-free at 1-800-898-3336 or email: sales@nutecelectrotel.com to schedule your no-obligation assessment and consultation.