Phone System Services -Matteson, IL 60443
Whether you need a legacy phone system maintained, or an
entirely new communications system for multiple offices, Andromeda Technology Solutions
is the answer you have been looking for. As our expertise also includes complete
data network solutions,
you can rest assured that we can fully integrate a communications system that will best leverage your existing or
future IT infrastructure.
In many cases, your telephone system is the first thing
people will experience when dealing with your business.
• Does it show your company in a good light?
• Is it set up so your clients have a good experience?
• Does it help maximize employee productivity?
Let us show you how a phone system should be set up!
Experience the simplicity of having an experienced company to handle all aspects of your communication systems, letting you focus on running your business.
Contact us or fill out the Request form on this page now to ask us to contact you!
lives to serve organizations like yours near Matteson, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
Hybrid PBX and IP-based Phone Systems
We support a host of major phone systems—from Avaya, NEC, Panasonic to Toshiba— and are a certified Panasonic dealer for both a traditional PBX system,
as well as a true IP-based VoIP system. The beauty of these systems lies in
their very extensive feature set (over 800 features) and their mix-and-match
capabilities. Each system can mix analog, digital and IP phone sets to match
almost any application. Also, each system has extensive functionality
built-in for incorporating branch offices, work-at-home employees and other
We spend a great deal of time understanding all your requirements, so we can select the system and functions that are exactly what you need.
The Phones Become the Network
If you are considering an IP-based telephone system, it is important to
understand these systems are more data systems than phone systems. Unlike a
traditional PBX system, a VoIP system puts a significant burden on your data
network, and requires specific equipment and configuration to ensure
everything is running properly.
Many traditional telephone service companies lack the skills to properly
install and maintain a VoIP system. Andromeda Technology Solutions excels in
all aspects of voice and data, and will ensure you get the system that is
right for you.
Whether Cloud-based, Hosted/virtual PBX, or completely on-premises, we have the knowledge AND experience to guide you and implement your voice communication system to perfection.
Replacement of Legacy Phone Systems
We have many years of experience upgrading/replacing legacy phones systems from: ComDial, Nortel, Toshiba/Mitel,
and Samsung just to name a few. If you would like to experience service from a truly
customer-focused organization, call us when you are ready to replace and upgrade your existing legacy telephone system.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Telephone system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
Surely you’ve heard of the increasing threats of cyber criminals. Breaches are occurring so frequently now, it’s difficult to keep up. By now you’ve heard about the increasing threat of cyber criminals. Between trojan horses, phishing scams, malicious links in emails, and ransomware, it’s progressing in every IT field. With phone scams, the telephone category is no different.
You can’t trust the news: billion dollar companies are not the only one at risk. In fact, sometimes smaller companies have a higher risk of being targeted. most cyber criminals consider the small to midsize market a goldmine. This is the result of lower security protocols and focuses from the small to midsize business owner. The “It won’t happen to me” mentality is your worst enemy.
Business owners are getting savvier and more aware. In turn, cyber criminals are turning to other technologies such as phones, to attack your business.
We would like to share a few examples of different phone-based scams, along with tips on how to avoid them.
The “Can You Hear Me” Phone Scam:
These phone scams spread between business owners and consumers where a criminal will call you simply to get you to say “yes”. What happens is they record your voice and use this one simple word to unlawfully sign you up for services and approve purchases.
The Better Business Bureau even released an alert and warning to the public regarding this scam. They outline a few different tactics that scammers utilize to get the audio desired. Questions asked might include:
- Are you the homeowner?
- Are you over 18?
- Do you pay the household bills?
- Do you own a home computer?
Calls can come from several different sources, or at least claim to. Common ones include security companies, cruise lines or sometimes even from the government.
You may be wondering how you can possibly identify these scammers and protect yourself.
Some helpful tips to follow:
- Don’t answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. You can always leave it for voicemail and if it’s truly that important, they will leave a message.
- Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone if you aren’t sure of who is calling you and the purpose of the phone call.
- If you believe you have fallen for a phone scam like this, reach out to your bank and credit card companies to flag your accounts. Check your account daily for any activity and be alert.
The “Vishing” Phone Scam:
“Vishing” is a play on the email technique “phishing”, which you are probably already aware of. This technique is quite similar to the email version where a scammer calls you and attempts to grab personal information by claiming they are from a reputable source or business you already engage with.
For example, have you ever gotten an email from your bank claiming that your account has been compromised? The email then prompts you to click a link and login to confirm your account details or restore credibility and looks something like this:
Criminals apply this same technique to the phone.
One of the most popular applications of this scam is connected to the IRS. Your phone rings and they even have the ability to make the caller ID read IRS or some government-related contact. When you pick up the phone you may hear a recording informing you that you are under investigation, or that the IRS has located discrepancies in your taxes. They may ask for specific information to confirm your identity before connecting you to an agent such as:
- Social security information
- Birth date
- Address information
- And more . . .
Again, there are a few ways you can spot these calls and prevent yourself from falling victim to these types of phone scams.
First, never call a phone number presented to you in an email or over the phone. If your bank calls you, call them back on their official number off their website or business card. The same applies to credit card companies or the IRS.
Second, credit card companies and government agencies typically refer to you by your full name. If you receive a call and the recording or person on the other line uses anything but your full name, proceed with caution.
Third, there is no reason any credit company or even the IRS would call you direct and request information like credit card numbers, routing numbers or social security information. If someone calls you and asks for this, hang up and call their official number (for credit/bank – call the number on the back of your card). If this was a legitimate call the official reps will have knowledge of it, otherwise report the call.
Remember these tips and it will dramatically increase your chances of remaining safe. Feel free to reach our team if you have any questions.
Also – check out this database provided by the BBB where you can track local and national scam trends to stay alert and prepared. After all, the best defense is continued education when it comes to cybercrime and phone scams.
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Have you ever spoken with a telecom salesman? If you have, you probably noticed they speak in what appears to be code. PRI . . . POTS lines . . . PBX . . .VOIP? What does any of this even mean?
Lucky for you, we decoded some of the most common telecom acronyms so that even you can speak phone system.
Most Popular Telecom Acronyms
- VoIP – (Voice over Internet Protocol) is an alternative way of making phone calls. VoIP transmits the sounds you make over the Internet. There are different styles of VoIP systems but the two most common are cloud based and on premise.
- SIP – (Session Initiation Protocol) is an industry standard method of achieving VoIP. Telephone Systems and many communications devices now have the ability to perform SIP protocol by way of trunk access (dial tone), video, etc.
- PRI – (Primary Rate Interface) a multi-channel digital circuit that brings 24 lines of telephone system communication for incoming/outgoing dial tone. Essentially, it allows multiple inbound and outbound calls at one time. This is often a less expensive approach for a company that has more than 10 analog (POTS) lines.
- PBX (Private Branch Exchange) This is typically a physical box on location at your business that holds all the programming required to make calls, transfer calls, host Voicemail and many other key functions.
- POTS – (Plain Old Telephone Service) also known as analog telephone lines.
- IP-PBX – (Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchange) is a telephone system that integrates with Internet functionality such as VoIP and SIP services.
- PSTN – (Public Switched Telephone Network) is known as traditional telephone lines.
- ISDN – (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a set of communication standards for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video, data, and other network services over the traditional circuits of the PSTN.
More questions? No worries, check out our Telecom Phone Systems page and let us help answer some of your additional questions! Or reach out to us for a conversation about your needs.
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Are you familiar with Astaroth?
If you're a data security professional, you've probably at least heard the name.
The group gained some notoriety last year when it came to light that they had developed a means of spreading "fileless malware" using legitimate Windows tools to infect machines around the world.
The Windows Defender ATP team discovered evidence of a massive campaign and described the group's innovative technique as 'Living off the Land.' Once Microsoft called attention to the group's activities and the methods they were using to spread their malware, the campaign slowed to a trickle and the group went quiet for the rest of the year.
Now, they're back and they've completely changed their approach. Their latest campaign begins conventionally, with a spam email that contains an LNK file. From there, the group veers off into new territory.
These days, they're using Alternative Data Streams (ADS) to hide malicious payloads by appending data to an existing file. To load the payload, the group is abusing a legitimate process called ExtExport.exe, which the Windows Defender ATP team describes as a "highly uncommon attack vector" that makes Astaroth payloads incredibly hard to detect.
If there's a silver lining, it is the fact that a potential victim has to jump through at least a few hoops to trigger the conditions that will install the payload. The spam email they get will inevitably contain a zip file. A victim has to open the zip file, then click the LNK file, which runs an obfuscated BAT command line.
Given this, the best line of defense here is employee education. If your employees are still in the habit of opening emails and clicking on files and links from unknown and untrusted sources, there's really no stopping this threat. Make sure your people understand the risks!