Phone System Services -McHenry, IL 60050
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.
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lives to serve organizations like yours near McHenry, 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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VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems continue to add new features, integrations and capabilities for business of all sizes and markets.
Cloud technologies allow VoIP phone systems enhanced flexibility and scalability which makes them attractive for business owners and managers.
Each year, new technologies are introduced and in 2019 there are some pretty neat advances in the world of VoIP phone systems.
VoIP Technology for Chicagoland Professionals: New Trends and Topics in 2019
VoIP Phone Systems can help you improve account management and client relationships . . .
Phone systems help you stay connected with your staff, vendors and clients. You pick up the phone, hear a dial tone, type in a code and connect. But what else could you get from your phone system? What other features are out there?
Call Analytics: There are many data points you can assess using call analytics and your VoIP phone system. Get insights into average call length, call counts, and even staff availability. You can see what teammates tend to miss calls more often, what times of day calls are missed, what times of day call volumes peak and more.
Dialer: a dialer can give your sales and marketing team a big productivity boost. This also cuts down on misdials and will increase call volume in most cases.
CRM Integration: in 2019 we expect that more and more VoIP providers will expand integration options with popular CRM solutions. This will connect your data, your dialer and your CRM (customer relationship management). Integration is something you want to consider when choosing the solution for your business.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology will expand into new places
AI is exciting and opens up possibilities for many technologies and systems including your VoIP phones. AI is very good at automating tasks, segmenting data and even analyzing certain sets of data. Some of the ways this is anticipated to expand in 2019:
Customer Satisfaction Analysis: As AI continues to get more powerful, VoIP phone systems with call recording enabled could see benefit for customer satisfaction purposes. AI can detect moods based on speech patterns. This data will be invaluable once these solutions hit the market.
AI Enabled Translators: For businesses with global needs, AI translators are anticipated to assist with conference calls and translation in real time.
Enhanced Interactive Voice Response & Auto Attendant: AI is changing the way Auto-Attendants and virtual receptionists work. Instead of a static program, AI allows callers to ask questions and interact with systems with a goal of routing calls quickly and to the appropriate destination without a full time receptionist managing inbound calls.
Expansion of 5G service will increase call speed, quality and capabilities
While 5G service is available to certain areas and businesses already, this technology is not readily available all over the United States just yet. That said, as service providers invest in infrastructure, 5G will come to an area near you. When it does you will notice improvements to the functionality of your system (most likely). After all, a cloud based VoIP phone system operates over your internet connection. So, the stronger and faster your service is (5G vs. 4G), the better your experience will be. Look forward to fewer dropped calls, better call quality and decrease in service interruptions as 5G becomes available near you.
As always, it must be said that most or all of these functions/capabilities will be available and applicable for on-prem phone solutions, digital solutions and modern PBX phone systems.
If you are interested in discussing the future of your phone system, one of these new trends or anything related to your business phone system, give us a call at (815) 836-0030 or send an email to Contact@WeNetwork.com.
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A team of six researchers from Ruhr-University Bouchum and Munster University, in Germany have discovered a critical flaw in the way that popular PDF viewers display data.
This makes it possible for an attacker to exfiltrate data from encrypted PDF files.
The researchers tested twenty-seven different desktop and web-based PDF viewer apps ranging from the ubiquitous Adobe Reader, to Foxit, and even the viewers built into both Chrome and Firefox. They found that every single one of them were vulnerable to the new attacks they engineered. The researchers developed two major lines of attacks with a few variants based on each type.
They had this to say about their findings:
"Our attacks allow the recovery of the entire plaintext of encrypted documents by using exfiltration channels, which are based on standard-compliant PDF properties...our evaluation shows that among 27 widely used PDF viewers, all of them are vulnerable to at least one of these attacks. These alarming results naturally raise the question of the root causes for practical decryption exfiltration attacks.� We identified two of them.
First, many data formats allow to encrypt only parts of the content.� This encryption flexibility is difficult to handle and allows an attacker to include their own content, which can lead to exfiltration channels.
Second, when it comes to encryption, AES-CBC--or encryption without integrity protection in general--is still widely supported.� Even the latest PDF 2.0 specification released in 2017 still relies on it.� This must be fixed in future PDF specifications."
This is an alarming discovery although these attacks have not yet been seen in the wild. Now that the word is out, it's just a matter of time.� Worse, there's no fix on the horizon, which means that the PDFs you may be relying on to help keep your data secure, simply aren't.