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Staying safe: removing sensitive information from copy machines

nj copier serviceA lot of folks tend to overlook the fact that copy machines, not unlike many of the desktop applications we use, retain a saved copy of the documents we copy on the machine. In fact, more and more copiers today come with their own hard drives and as such, store images of every document they ever scan.

For businesses that handle more sensitive information, these images can present a challenge. Things like social security numbers, credit card accounts and medical records can be stored in the copy machine and as a result – become prime targets for identity thieves.

Today, we’ll share with you some steps you can take to delete that information from your copier before it becomes compromised.

FIRST STEP

It’s always a good idea to make sure you have some sort of encryption or disk overwrite software on your copier. In some cases, your copier may come with that software preinstalled on the machine, but in many cases, you’ll have to purchase it separately. What the encryption software does is that it makes sure that every copied image file is encoded while simultaneously overwriting the file on the disk to show random characters on the existing data – making it next to impossible to reconstruct the original file.

SECOND STEP

Use your security software to conduct regular disk overwrites to make sure that sensitive data on your hard drive is deleted. On some copiers, this can be complex, on others, not as much. Be sure to talk to your office supply provider for information on how to do this. If you don’t have those capabilities, see what you can do to make sure that you do.

THIRD STEP

Perform a second disk overwrite before you send the hard drive for service or handing it over to your vendor for disposal. Doing so just makes sure you have your back covered should someone attempt something in the go-between.

FOURTH STEP

Anytime you destroy anything pertaining to sensitive information, always be sure to acquire what they call a ‘certificate of destruction.’ Those certificates serve as a legal guarantee from your vendor that the information was, in fact – destroyed.

SOME OTHER TIPS

It’s always a good idea to schedule routine disk overwrites to provide a safety net in case you forget to do it. Also putting up a sign above your machine can serve as a friendly reminder to staff that the machine contains a hard drive that must be cleared in so that sensitive information that shouldn’t stored doesn’t – in fact- get stored.

A WORD TO THE WISE

Always make sure you consult with your technician before you go anywhere near your own hard drive.  In some cases, opening up your copier can void your warranty and in extreme situations, can make the system inoperable. Be patient and get the right advice from the professionals to avoid messing anything up.

Some Under-The-Radar Things to Consider About Your Copier

nj copiersHere at Legend, we’re all about all things copy machines, but as per the usual, there are almost always things that slip through the cracks that people don’t consider. As such, this week’s post isn’t so much a ‘here’s how to do this specific thing’ rather than being a ‘don’t forget’ piece. Here’s a smattering of things to remember when maintaining/managing/purchasing your next copy machine.

Training & Authorization

It’s likely that almost everyone at your company knows how to use a copy machine properly, but it’s always a good idea to have one or two people on staff who literally know almost everything there is to know about it. Most people only know enough to put the paper in the feeder and hit a green button. Having someone who can unplug paper jams, know who to reduce or enlarge, collate, use a duplex feature or a three hole punch is valuable. These experts should also know who to change the toner and what drawers to change paper out, etc.

They should also be the only ones authorized to order supplies and manage the overall maintenance contracts. Having one or two of these people on staff can help you save a lot of money and time as well as take another pesky ‘to do’ off your list.

Maintenance Agreements

Maintenance agreements to many just seem like another expense, but trust us when we say they’re worth the money. Pay a contractor independently to come in, and you get charged premium prices for parts and labor. With an agreement- those are mostly covered up front and in the event you do have an issue, it becomes considerably less expensive to fix your machine.

Managing networked copiers

Large-scale copiers are often connected to company computer networks and while they can save you a lot of time (and money), they do take some getting used to. Some folks may accidentally pick up your project or if you’re in a bigger company with more employees – it could be tied up for hours. If you do decide to network your copy machines, it’s probably smarter to network multiple, smaller copy machines rather than one bit one. Doing so helps you to manage traffic better and reduces overall wear and tear on the machines.

The obvious

Copy machines are incredibly vulnerable to static electricity, so be sure you throw a rubber mat on the floor space where any copier will be placed. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a fried copy machine because you didn’t put something between the machine and the floor.

The Five Features Your Next Phone System Must Have

phone systems nycIf you’re in the market for a new telephone system or just kicking tires, we’ve put together a list of five things you should expect when purchasing your next telephone system. Some of the latest systems not only take the edge off of many of your administrative burdens, but also increase your mobility and allow for sustainability as your business grows.

Let’s jump right in!

Web administration tools

Most telephone systems come with browser-based admin tools that allow you to manage your system over the Internet. The tool is both user-friendly and secure, enabling you to perform administrative tasks, monitor your system, and manage accounts using the Internet.

Remote extensions and mobile integration

Portability is one of the biggest advantages of today’s systems. From remote extensions that forward calls to home lines and mobile devices to on site/offsite capability, managers can now be more available than ever before. From an internal perspective, it’s also a great asset as it makes it easier to track, find and communicate with employees.

Laptop/Desktop integration

Today’s phone systems can do more than merely dial and receive calls. Most should make it easy for you to integrate your phone with your desktop or laptop, allowing you to utilize your CRM software to place and answer calls with your computer.

Scalability

Most systems today are scalable, meaning that they’re easy to expand upon as you grow. Whereas in the past offices were slaves to the technology of the time, today’s phone systems are designed to be intrinsically adaptable, allowing you to get twice as much bang for your buck by growing and expanding upon it as your business needs evolve.

Unified messaging

Unified messaging allows you to do two things:

1.)  It allows you to send voicemails to your email inbox and;

2.)  You can play those messages in a variety of places – from your desktop phone, cell phone, home phone, or whatever platform you demand.

Unified messaging is a robust tool that allows you to do a wide range of things from converting texts to voice, to integrating messages multiple platforms into one, streamlined application. For those that deal with a great deal of traffic and correspondence, this can be an invaluable tool.

 

Office Essentials For Startups

OfficeEssentialsSetting up your office is one of the most exciting and time-consuming parts of starting up a new business. What you’ll need – and sometimes more importantly – what you won’t need in order to get your organization up and off the ground is one of the first big decisions you’ll have to make. This week, we’ll talk about some of the essentials – and the not-so essentials – of what you’ll need to give your business the best jumpstart possible.

Buy equipment that fits your needs – Especially when you’re starting off, you’re working with somewhat limited resources. As such, you shouldn’t be going out and buying the best high-volume, high quality printer or copier out there. In many cases, it just makes more sense to rent it and get a smaller all-in-one machine to start. Also, be realistic. Think about where your max threshold will be and buy down to the unit before it. You can always upgrade. Be realistic about what you are now, with an eye of what you’re looking to be in the future.

Think bulk – Don’t buy chairs from here, a printer there or a telephone service here. Many places – ours included – can do many things for one, lump sum. And as we’re sure you’re aware – the more you buy in one place, the less each piece costs you. So if you’re looking at an office supplier and you know you can grab some monitors, printers and copiers – AND you see that they do telephone services, too – try and bundle it all together. Very few services are set it stone and chances are, you’ll be able to negotiate a great rate that works for everyone.

Don’t cheap out on phones- I know everyone talks about having cell phones and that you can trim some costs here and there – and truth be told – for small startups that have one or two employees, that’s fine. But by the time you’re buying an office, the chances are that that’s not the case. When you own a business, you’ll have lots of people vying for your time – and your ears. If all they have is your cell phone and email, that’s the only way they can get in contact with your business. Giving them a place to reach out – and potentially have the phone picked up by someone else – increases the likelihood of your getting their business. Being as available as possible is important.

Document management – While success is measured by dollars and cents in the business world, the currency that creates currency is information. The better an organization organizes, uses and manages it – is what separates the companies that are successful and the ones that end up failing. Whether it’s online archiving, protecting or distributing that information – having a system in place early on – and getting you into a habit of using it, can create a tremendous advantage for a small business.

Network infrastructure is an investment, not an expense – If a heart is what keeps a person alive by pumping blood and distributing nutrients, then your computer networking should be treated the same way for your business. It’s the heart of your business and the lifeblood of any successful organization today. Don’t go cheap on security. Don’t go cheap on the ways your organization will face and communicate with the world. You exercise and eat right to take care of your heart. Do the same with your network infrastructure to take care of your business.

How to Avoid Paper Jams

PaperJamPaper jams in copiers are a pain and are easily the largest causes of headaches among their users. Nothing’s worse than having to fiddle with a jammed copier when time’s a ticking and you need to get back to work.

While there are many reasons that paper jams occur, there are some precautionary things you can do to avoid them altogether. Here’s what you can do:

Always fan paper before loading – Generally speaking, paper tends to stick together due to moisture depending on where it’s stored. When you open new printer paper or before you go to make copies, simply run your thumb down the side of the paper to let some air in there and loosen up the paper. It’ll help make the feed through the machine much easier.

Load the paper squarely in the drawer – All jams occur largely because of improper feeding. We know this sounds silly, but be sure to have the paper loaded squarely and make sure it’s lined up correctly. Make sure the slider is up against the paper nice and snug as well. This just ensures that the paper will feed properly.

Check the feeding roller quickly before printing/copying – While you SHOULD get a warning if your rollers are off, it’s always a good idea to check anyway. If they get overly sticky, they can cause jams. If they break – well, then it’s time to give us a call. Either way, always check quickly and make sure everything looks good and that there isn’t something already stuck in there.

Keep tabs on your paper settings – We’d love to say otherwise, but you know as well as we do that when people are done copying, they leave their settings up more often than not. When people come by to use it afterwards, they often don’t pay attention to the settings on the screen and well – that usually means instant jam. Especially when you’re talking about card stock thickness and textured paper, be sure you have the proper settings up.

 

 

The Most Common Mistakes When Upgrading Your Copier

manhattan copier companyIs your copy lease coming up soon? Are you a little friendlier than you’d like to be with your copy tech because of all the issues you’re having with your machine? Or maybe you just got off the phone with a rep and can upgrade and keep your payments the same. Whatever the reason might be, you’re flirting with the idea of upgrading your copy machine. While that’s certainly a good thing on a variety of levels – mistakes do get made. As such, our topic du jour today talks about some of the most common mistakes business owners make when they’re looking to upgrade their machine.

Here they are:

Not taking the time to reassess your needs – Businesses change over time and so do their needs. Technology changes at an even faster rate and its effect on how you get your day to day tasks done can be significant. That’s why it’s important that whenever you’re looking for an upgrade, that you take these factors into consideration. How much printing do you need? What technology can meet that need and what does it cost? It’s always important to take a look at where you are and deploy the tools you’ll need to get to the next level. Copy machines are no different.

List out your objectives – This goes right off the previous point. Now that you know your needs, what are your goals and objectives? Do you need something fast and cheap; do you need something with lots of bells and whistles? Or; do you need something specifically designed to fit your needs? Whichever way you go, line up your needs with your objectives and you should have no problems finding a sweet spot.

Not taking a demo – Always ask for a demonstration of a new machine. Remember that bit about technology? This is why it’s important! Seeing a demo allows you to see what’s new and great about the machine – but it also allows you to see what you might already have. If the upgrade isn’t worth it – don’t do it.

Ask questions. Lots of them – The biggest issue we still encounter to this day is that people aren’t willing to ask questions. The best way to see that your needs are met is to mine for the answers you’re looking for. Information is more valuable than gold and that is especially true when you’re looking to upgrade your infrastructure to take that next big step with your company. Ask more questions!

 

 

The Top Four Things to Consider When Buying a Copier For Your Business

4ThingsToConsiderEach business is different and as such, your printing needs will and always should vary greatly from one industry to the next. That being said, there are some basic things that everyone should consider before making that big copier purchase or signing your name to a lease agreement. Let’s jump right in!

How Fast & how much?

The first thing you need to consider is how much paper you think you’ll be printing and how fast you need the machine to print it. Your average copier spits out around 40-80 pages per minute, which should give you a solid idea of some sort of median range. We also recommend that you proceed with some caution here. Manufacturing literature always tends to overstate the amount of workload a machine can handle, so make sure that when you buy, you buy a little bit OVER what your need would be.

In fact, a great, totally unbiased site to compare these speed and volume can be found here at buyerslab.com. There, you’ll find lots of unbiased information on copiers. While sure, it’ll cost a you a little more money in the short-term, it’ll end up saving you lots down the road once wear and tear begins to accumulate.

Color: yes or no?

Color is really great, but unless you really need it, it can be a massive drain on your budget. We advise planning out your color projects specifically for a coming year. Sometimes people use them for big projects or presentations and in their heads, think the need is glaring and overbuy. Just do the simple math in your head” “How many color prints and copies do you do per year times what you pay per copy/print at a local print shop versus what you would pay them to do in house on you own copier?

So again – we love color and if you have the need – definitely make the investment. But make sure you have the need first.

Accessories: What to buy and what not to buy

Try and stay focused on the core functions of what you need your copier to do day-to-day when making decisions about accessories. Do you need to fax? How much paper do you need your tray to hold? Do you need extra drawers? Double sided? What kind of finishing options are there and what ones can you add? List out the ‘must have’s’ and the ‘wants’ and go from there.

Lease or purchase?

We’ve written pretty extensively about both options in the past, but this is a hugely important question that can’t be asked enough. While it can make a lot of sense to buy a copier for some companies, you should know that most companies opt to lease. The sweet spot is around 2 years and with good reason. Technology is always moving forward, always changing and most importantly to you – finding new ways for you to get more work done for less. The same applies to copy machines.

The two-year lease also makes sense from the standpoint of wear and tear. After two years is – generally speaking – when you begin to see copiers wear down. The two-year lease almost always protects against that.

If you’re thinking about buying a copier, then it’s wise to do a little future planning. Will this copier be able to handle the workload and volume you’ll need in the future? Is it going to be relevant technology in five years? Do you have the means to purchase a machine that you’ll need to grow into? Again – there’s much more to be said, but those are the kinds of things you need to think about when making an actual purchase.

Xerox Software Patch

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Xerox releases software patches to solve scanning glitch

Last week Xerox began releasing patches that should resolve a potentially hazardous glitch for users of several Xerox machines. The glitch caused by the scanning features compression software was altering documents by changing some characters in text. According to Xerox the glitch only affected what they call “stress documents”, those that the have small type or other problems that make them hard to read. It was first believed that the problem could be solved by restoring factory settings for the quality and resolution. This was recommended to eliminate the character substitution that occurs when scanning documents with text. However, testing results showed that due to a software bug this would not completely eliminate the character substitution. Last week they released the first wave of patches for the following machines, Xerox ConnectKey family, WorkCentre 75xx, WorkCentre 57xx and ColorQube 93xx.
The patches can be downloaded from the Xerox website by visiting http://www.office.xerox.com/scanning-software-patch/enus.html. They expect the next wave of patches to be released this week. Below is a full list of the machines impacted by the glitch. Be sure to check if you own one of the impacted models and check the Xerox website for the availability of the correcting software patch.

ColorQube: 87XX, 89XX, 92XX, 93XX
WorkCentre: 5030, 5050, 51XX, 56XX, 57XX, 58XX, 6400, 7220, 7225, 75XX, 76XX, 77XX, 78XX
WorkCentrePro: 2XX
BookMark: 40, 55