Office Document Strategies Blog

WPA2 WIFI Security Is Hacked

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 @ 07:11 AM

Since it became the defacto norm for WIFI network security the WPA2 security setting has been the standard for almost every WIFI network setup. 

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Topics: network security, WiFi, WIFI Security

MFP Service And Maintenance Are Different

Posted by Ian Leppert on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:10 AM

What is the difference?  Answer: Who does the work.

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Topics: MFP, Colour printer, Managed Print Services

Online Coverage Of Office Equipment Frustrations Can Be True

Posted by Ian Leppert on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

People who are fans of the movie "Office Space" remember the scene where three of the players take the printer out to the field and beat it to death because it keeps giving an paper jam error even when there is no paper jam.

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Topics: Managed Print Services, Multifunction Printer, Printer

Feeling the pressure to upgrade your Postage Meter?

Posted by Joanna Wallace on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

Part of the Series from our Guide to Postage Meters in Canada:

Being notified your model or device is now obsolete? Is soon to be dropped from support? This may not be a bad message to receive. It may be an opening for you to modernize and improve your processes and review your current supplier relationship.

Options to consider if notified

Many organizations have received this kind of notice and immediately jump to the conclusion they must change their device and will just contact their current supplier. Obviously it may be a cause for concern about future availability of support, service and supplies.

Looking at such a notice another way - it may be perfect timing to check out the market and see what alternative suppliers have to offer. Look for options that give you control over how it is best suited for you to do business. Following this process lets many organizations make a switch, obtaining a better solution while planning for your future needs.

Are you feeling pushed into a Vendors Timeline?

Vendors may decide to use an arbitrary date for telling you when your machine will stop accepting postage downloads. For example one vendor Pitney Bowes has announced that the following series DM 400, DM500, DM800, DM1000, DM1100 may no longer be useable past December 2017.

NeoPost has made similar assertions, and this means that future rate changes made by Canada Post or the downloading of postage may no longer be possible for you.

The  three Canadian approved postage machine manufacturers  offer postage machines and the related metering devices to control postage. Over time they may inform you that your currrent model is no longer going to be supported. If this feels like you are being dictated as to when to stop using your equipment, this can be true. Why? It will take away your ability to 'fill' your postage machine with new postage, as without the meter it will no longer allow for downloading new postage or rates forcing it to be obsolete. 

This could be more about trying to get you to upgrade, vs. your choice of trying to maximize your investment of a postage machine over the long term. Fundamentaly most postage machines/meters have not changed much over the last 10 years, other than recently Canada Post removed the ability for parcel rates to be built in. If parcel rates is not something you used thru your meter, then the need to update it may not matter to you and this may be more about your vendors want to change you into a new platform to support their parcel postage system.  

What to look at:

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There are six key components which make up a postage machine acquisition which can affect the long term value of that deal:

  1. Price of lease or purchase of the equipment acquired based upon the appropriate sizing and feature mix required to meet business needs.
  2. Process and cost for updating of postage rates when Canada post changes rates so that the postage machine will be able to produce valid postage as designed.
  3. Cost of supplies to keep the machine running, usually a form of ink and labels.
  4. Service and Support costs for any needed repair during the period of use. 
  5. Ease of process for adding money to your account to top up the amount available within the device for payment for postage being generated.
  6. Ease of interaction with your vendor: after sale how easy is it to reach or contact and deal with your vendor when issues occur? Waiting on the phone for extended periods of time is unproductive use of your time.

Each of these six components becomes an integral part of the ability for an organization to use the device they acquire for postage production and control, 

Rate changes critical

The ability for a postage device to have its rates upgraded quickly and easily in the event that Canada Post changes postage rates is a critical component of the functionality of the device and ideally you want this to be bundled in so you do not incurr fees everytime Canada Post decides to change their rates.

Ease of getting postage: the internet has arrived to postage

One of the things that you will learn if you look at the market today, rather than just renew on an older machine, is that the internet has come to the postage world. Using your internet connectivity vs. sharing your old fax line for update of rates or adding postage to your machine can add convenience.

Wrapping it all up:

When model changes happen by a manufacturer, this is often what forces an organization to change devices and be pushed into the uncomfortable position of the expenditure for new equipment creating unplanned budgetary costs. Hopefully this will happen at the normal end of a lease period, or a number of years after your purchase acquisition, but it is not always the case, especially if the vendor becomes the one to dictate the timing.

In evaluating a new device, ask about the date of introduction to detemine the potential lifespan of this new equipment for your organization. If it has been around a long time make sure you ask whether there is any pending obsolescence or at least that the lease term (if applicable) will be fully covered by maintenance and support? Don't take the Sales persons word for it especially if your have recently received an expiry letter from upper management.

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Topics: Postage, Postage meter, postage machine

Time To End Your Fax Machine

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 @ 07:09 AM

When first invented and popularized fax machines were seen as a wondrous invention.  After all being able to send a piece of paper or even a whole document to someone in another office or even across the world over a phone line was pretty different than the norm at the time.

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Topics: Fax, MFP, mailing machines

Shred My Documents And My Shredder Too

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

The title of this blog is actually a quote from a client who brought his shredding and his old shredder into the Leppert office one day for shredding. His point was that his shredder was getting pretty long in the tooth and it didn't warrant repair so he thought he would just get it recycled along with his current need for shredding.  While this is kind of funny as shown in the attached picture it actually reflects a significant trend in office operations that has been underway for many years.

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Topics: Paper shredding, shredders, Hosted document management, cloud computing

Petya | A Malware Attack Combined With Ransomware

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 @ 07:07 AM

Again the world has had to deal with a range of attacks which involved ransomware but this time with a new twist.  

According to an article published by CNET this latest attack included some action which was very poor as ransomware but which really held some serious threat as it ended in an attack which encrypted specific target computers.  

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Topics: data security, ransomware

When To Implement Business Process Changes

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 17:06 PM

One of the big struggles that most businesses face is when a need for business process change is recognized the timing of implementation quickly becomes a problem and often either the change gets substantially delayed or no change is ever made.

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Topics: AP Automation, business processes

Fast Mobile Speeds Canada's New National Railway

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 @ 07:06 AM

Internet access speeds are always an issue unless you are connected in a corporate environment which offers super fast fiber or other connection.  For mobile users it never seems that connection speeds are quick enough. 

Of course if you are depending upon a WiFi connection for your mobile device the issue becomes even more hit and miss.  

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Topics: Canadian IT, Canadian Pricing

Wannacry Ransom Attacks Show Updating Is Necessary

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 07:05 AM

While the stories are continuing of the massive number of institutions and major businesses which have been affected world wide by the Wannacry Ransomware attack over the past few days there are a few trends which seem to be coming evident.  

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Topics: IT Scams, network security