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Blog Articles from ATS Communciations

HTTPS: Securely Sending Personal And Private Information

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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Avoid costly data security breaches by training your staff to check for secure connections when handling private information on the Internet. Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, or HTTPS, is a technology legal, healthcare, and financial businesses use...

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Posted in: Security, Solutions

Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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There are many ways to reuse an old computer. Replacing an old computer that still works is a good feeling.   The device survived the replacement cycle. However, some desktops and laptops have the potential to lead second lives in the workplace. Re-assigning...

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Posted in: Solutions

State of the Union for Technology In 2018

December 20th, 2017 by admin

technology

Today we announced our predictions for the future of the technology sector. We are preparing business owners for the anticipated technology explosion in 2018, and one of the bases for this prediction is the growing number of employed individuals and...

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Posted in: Press Releases

Reviewing your Carriers and Connectivity

December 6th, 2017 by admin

Cutting Costs

Oh, the woes of trying to put a new IT budget together. With the new year just around the corner, many of our customers are looking at their service providers and contracts for 2018 projected costs. You might be having trouble finding the logic behind...

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Posted in: Services

Latest Popular Smartphones Significantly Dip in Drop Test Performance

November 22nd, 2017 by admin

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After years of improving smartphone glass durability, a shift design is bringing back the perils of dropping the device only to discover the glass has cracked on impact. The newly released iPhone 8 and iPhone X aren’t doing well in drop tests, with screens...

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Posted in: Support, Solutions

Don't Neglect Surge Protectors in Your Workplace

November 16th, 2017 by admin

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Businesses use surge protectors every day without thinking about them; however, they are an incredibly important piece of technology that can make the difference between a $20.00 and a $2,000.00 equipment replacement. While uncommon, a power surge can...

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Posted in: Support, Solutions, Knowledge

Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

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It's inevitable: employees working hard on a time-consuming project and then out of nowhere, the lights start to flicker and the power goes out. Suddenly, those workers express their frustration by pulling out their hair because they've just lost hours'...

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Posted in: Knowledge

New Phishing Technique Hijacks Legitimate Conversations

October 24th, 2017 by admin

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A new spear phishing technique, being used in a hacking campaign called FreeMilk, takes advantage of a Microsoft Office vulnerability in order to hijack existing email conversations to spread malware to high-profile targets. This new technique phishing...

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Posted in: Security

Increased Demand for Cloud Workspace After Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

October 24th, 2017 by admin

Cloud Workspace

Unfortunately, hurricanes Irma and Harvey had an historic destructive impact on SMBs (Small to Mid-sized Businesses) in Florida and Texas. Many companies in these areas were either destroyed completely or severely damaged by mother nature. In the wake...

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Posted in: Press Releases

Welcome to the Mitel Community

October 19th, 2017 by admin

Toshiba and Mitel

We love the good news from Mitel – they have acquired Toshiba's assets and will still be supporting the current Toshiba platforms for at least five years! This means that your recent investments in Toshiba solutions will have many years of benefits...

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Posted in: Mitel

Alternative Employee Device Security: Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, and Iris Scans, Oh My!

October 17th, 2017 by admin

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So far, 2017 has been an eventful year for increasing access to password-alternative smartphone and laptop unlocking techniques. Notably, Samsung added Face unlocking to the Galaxy S8 line and Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X. Of particular note,...

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Posted in: Security

Wireless Charging in the Workplace: iPhone Joins Android

October 10th, 2017 by admin

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Wireless charging in the workplace has the potential to make it easier for your employees keep their arsenal of devices running throughout the day with fewer of those pesky low battery warnings. Until recently, wireless charging hasn't been as good at...

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Posted in: Solutions

Equifax Breach: What does it teach us about IT security?

October 3rd, 2017 by admin

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The 2017 Equifax hack is teaching a painful lesson about the necessity of businesses keeping up with software patches for IT security and to avoid catastrophic damage. The hack, which resulted in potentially exposing the financial information necessary...

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Posted in: Security

Flash Drives: A Productivity and Security Guide

September 26th, 2017 by admin

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With proper planning, your business can take advantage of USB flash drive technology to increase productivity, while eliminating most of the medium's inherent risk. The USB flash drives likely lying around your business offer excellent opportunities to...

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Posted in: Security, Solutions

Mitel Completes Acquisition of ShoreTel

September 25th, 2017 by admin

Combined Company Ideally Positioned to Take Customers to the Cloud Seamlessly and Simply as a Global UCaaS Market Leader OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications,...

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Posted in: Press Releases, Mitel

Cybersecurity Certification

September 23rd, 2017 by admin

Security

ATS Communications a leading provider of unified communications has announced that the company is certified to provide cybersecurity solutions to SMBs (small to mid-sized businesses) to protect them from the barrage of cyber-attacks that occur every...

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Posted in: Press Releases

Screen Mirroring Mini-Guide

September 19th, 2017 by admin

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Setting up your conference room for wireless screen mirroring is the answer to employees sharing in a collective groan when it's time to connect a computer or mobile device to show a presentation. While setting up the conference room television or projector...

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Posted in: Knowledge

Forget About your IT Woes with Our Managed IT Services

September 17th, 2017 by admin

Managed IT

We believe your focus should be on productivity and profitability, not the day to day logistics of keeping your network up and running. Having 40 years experience, and a wealth of best practices to share, the team at ATS Communications...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

The System Is Down: How To Stay Online When Your Service Provider Is Offline

September 12th, 2017 by admin

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It's easy to take a functional Internet connection for granted until it's no longer working. When that Internet connection inevitably goes down, your business could be left scrambling to figure out how to keep working until service is restored. The best...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

3 Lessons SMBs Can Learn From Retailers On Thanksgiving Weekend

September 6th, 2017 by admin

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Online retailers are already working on business strategies for the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday online shopping weekend months in advance. These three days are the busiest online shopping days for retailers, bringing in nearly $6 billion...

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Posted in: Knowledge

Adobe Flash: The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated...Until 2020

August 29th, 2017 by admin

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Adobe Flash, the web content standard the Internet loves to hate, will soon meet its ultimate demise: Adobe will finish phasing out the platform in 2020. Flash, first introduced in the early 2000s, has been on a gradual decline for almost as long as it...

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Posted in: Security, Knowledge

Is Your Aging Premise-based Hardware Pushing You Towards the Cloud?

August 24th, 2017 by admin

technology

We pride ourselves in our customer based solutions, and fully understand that when it comes to business not one-size fits all. With over 40 years of experience in this field, it stands to reason that we have seen pretty much...

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Posted in: Cloud

When Windows 10 Support Stops

August 22nd, 2017 by admin

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In July of 2017, some Windows 10 users received an error message when trying to install the Creators Update, stating, "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC." This first-of-its-kind problem stems from an incompatibility with a handful of Intel's...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

Educating Businesses on the Importance of 4G Backup

August 17th, 2017 by admin

We announced today that we will be launching an awareness campaign to educate small to mid-sized business (SMB) owners about the importance of having a 4G backup plan in their organizations. With the vast majority of business owners virtualizing their...

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Posted in: Press Releases

The Internal SMB IT Security Threat: Overconfidence In Cyber Security Preparedness

August 15th, 2017 by admin

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According to a 2017 published study by Advisen and Experian, one of the biggest threats facing small businesses comes from within, such as overconfidence in the organization's ability to protect itself and recover from cyber security attacks. While businesses...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Addressing the Unique Ransomware IT Security Issues in Healthcare

August 8th, 2017 by admin

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Ransomware, a type of malware that holds a computer hostage and tries to force the victim to pay money to recover access, is a nightmare for any business, but the healthcare industry faces the more severe side of a ransomware attack. The healthcare industry...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Important Support Updates for your Toshiba Phone System

August 7th, 2017 by admin

We want take a moment to share with you some updates and provide some clarification with regards to your Toshiba system(s) currently installed. As we shared with you in late spring, Toshiba announced their plans to stop operations in North America of...

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Posted in: Company News, Support

Looking at USB/NFC Keys for Extra Account Security

August 1st, 2017 by admin

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Hijacked accounts are an IT security nightmare, so it makes sense for your company to look at new technology for better ways to keep your digital assets safe. While security professionals are working out new ways to look at what account credentials are,...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Mitel Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire ShoreTel

July 27th, 2017 by admin

Consolidation accelerates Mitel's move to high-growth UCaaS market OTTAWA and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Accelerates Mitel's path to growth Delivers attractive shareholder value with $60...

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Posted in: Press Releases, Mitel

Announcing SD-WAN Technology

July 26th, 2017 by admin

technology

As part of our efforts to offer innovate technologies to our customers, ATS Communications has announced they will now be offering an alternative to MPLS and similar internet connection solutions. Software-Defined Networking in a Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)...

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Posted in: Data, Solutions

Is Your Office Router Secure?

July 25th, 2017 by admin

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In June 2017, WikiLeaks released secret documents that exposed the tools the CIA uses to infiltrate public and private networks through routers. These documents have shined a light on how easy it is for someone to hack a router. This begs the question,...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Avoiding Hardware Overkill: IT Consulting to the Rescue

July 18th, 2017 by admin

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Spending far too much money on excessively overpowered computer hardware can quickly deplete your company's IT budget, taking funding away from other important expenses. Two exciting products released in June 2017, Apple's new iMac Pro ($4,999) and Intel's...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

Flaws in 2-Factor Authentication Methods Could Leave You Vulnerable

July 11th, 2017 by admin

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If your business is using 2-factor authentication or 2FA, methods to secure your important accounts, you may need to investigate better ways to implement the practice. Security experts widely recommend using 2FA, a system which utilizes a second security...

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Posted in: Security, Knowledge

Mitel Completes Acquisition of Toshiba Unified Communications Systems Business Assets

July 5th, 2017 by admin

Provides seamless path forward for Toshiba customers and partners with global communication and collaboration market leader OTTAWA, July 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader of enterprise...

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Posted in: Press Releases, Mitel

Simplifying & Streamlining Technology To Serve Seniors

June 27th, 2017 by admin

ATS Communications will now offer a turn-key; television, internet, nurse call, business and residential phone service in a managed solution to the senior living communities across the nation. We are an elite provider of managed IT services that is capable...

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Posted in: Press Releases, Solutions

Recent Ransomware Attacks

May 19th, 2017 by admin

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As you may have already heard, there was a major ransomware attack across the globe recently. On May 12th, WannaCry/WCry 2.0 infected thousands of computers, taking the user's data hostage and demanding bitcoins to release it. We can't know how many...

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Posted in: Support, Security

Mitel Signs MoU with Toshiba to Transfer Unified Communications Systems Business Assets

May 11th, 2017 by admin

MoU includes the transfer of inventory to provide Toshiba customers and partners a seamless path forward OTTAWA, Ontario, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader of enterprise communications,...

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Posted in: Press Releases, Mitel

Benefits of Cloud Solutions

April 18th, 2017 by admin

cloud

When you hear the word "cloud", it might be difficult at first to understand what that means in IT terms. Essentially, your data and applications are saved with off-premise data storage software and can be accessed from anywhere you log in. You can...

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Posted in: Backup, Cloud

Important Announcement for Our MAS Clients

April 10th, 2017 by admin

Dear Valued Client; As you have already been informed by ATS, Toshiba has announced they are "winding down" their operations for the telecommunications division as part of their global restructuring. ATS continues to stand committed to offering and maintaining...

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Posted in: Company News, Support

The Battle for Cyber Security

March 27th, 2017 by admin

Cyber Security

We’ve been noticing an alarming trend regarding cyber security. Actually, more so a lack of security. One of the best practices on the frontline of security is your password. Unfortunately, this is an area that a lot of people will gloss over, often relying...

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Posted in: Services, Security

Toshiba Corporation Winds Down US, Canada, and Mexico Telecom Divisions

March 20th, 2017 by admin

Dear Valued Client; As your trusted advisor, it is our responsibility to proactively communicate with you when events take place in the business technology community. We have received a letter this past week from Toshiba Telecommunications Systems Division...

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Posted in: Company News, Support

Meet Herb Herman, Customer Advocate for the Bay Area

March 6th, 2017 by admin

Herb Sherman

We are excited to introduce you to your Customer Advocate, Herb Sherman. The Customer Advocate plays a key role in ATS's partnership with you. As his title indicates, his primary responsibility is to be the advocate for our customers. How will Herb help...

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Posted in: Company News

Meet Janet Stephen, Customer Advocate for the Sacramento Area

March 6th, 2017 by admin

Janet Stephen

We are excited to introduce you to your Customer Advocate, Janet Stephen. The Customer Advocate plays a key role in ATS's partnership with you. As her title indicates, her primary responsibility is to be the advocate for our customers. How will Janet...

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Posted in: Company News

One Partner for Everything

February 17th, 2017 by admin

If you're working with several different vendors for your IT system, you'll know the hassle of talking to too many people to fix a few simple problems. Your service provider for video surveillance solutions will point fingers at a slow network connection,...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Services

Cyber Security with ATS

January 27th, 2017 by admin

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There's been a lot of talk lately about data protection, hackers, best practices for emails and storage - we can understand if you're a bit worried about your business. Much of our work these days runs through networks and servers. Is your business...

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Posted in: Data, Security, Solutions