Archive for February, 2017

Looking for Communication Solutions? Choose VoIP Business Systems

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Does your office still have a traditional phone system? Have you been planning to replace your traditional phone lines with a more up-to-date system? There are a variety of phone systems currently available, and one of these is based on VoIP technology. Not only are business VoIP systems an effective communication solution, they are a welcome alternative to traditional telephone systems.

VoIP technology utilizes the Internet to make telephone calls, and is becoming much more prevalent in both the public and private sector. This technology provides effective solutions for small businesses as well as large organizations. Furthermore, mobile VoIP usage is also increasing, and it is estimated that there will be approximately one billion people using this technology by 2018.

There are a number of obvious benefits to having a VoIP system. One of these is monthly costs. When you replace a traditional phone line with a VoIP system, it can potentially save you between 20%-50% on a monthly basis.

It goes without saying that having an effective and reliable telephone system is integral to conducting day-to-day business operations. In addition to providing communication solutions that include hosted phone systems, VoIP services also include video access and provide an excellent platform for virtual conferencing.

When considering VoIP business services, it’s also important to note that a recent survey conducted by Sage Research had some interesting results. This study showed that Internet telephones actually increased worker productivity. It was found that each employee increased their weekly productivity, on average, by 3.9 hours.

Since more and more people in the United States are employed by companies that approve of, encourage, or require some level of telework, VoIP technology has the capacity to streamline and enhance this process. Mobile VoIP in particular can assist employees and employers with maintaining contact when they are not in the same location. Furthermore, this increases flexibility with conference calls, meetings, and other communication needs, such as providing updates to clients and colleagues.

Why rely on outdated business telephone systems when you can have a state-of-the-art VoIP system installed? If you’d like to learn more about business VoIP systems or have a VoIP system installed, please contact us today.

Your Video Surveillance Could Be Broadcasting Live Online Right Now

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cctvThe depths of the Internet are practically limitless, and full of bizarre and disturbing websites. Insecam, an unsecured webcam directory, is just one unsettling addition to the world wide web that could be broadcasting your video surveillance right now.

But how?

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. And while “closed” insinuates privacy, oftentimes this is not the case. Since many of these CCTV systems are hooked up directly to the Internet in order to broadcast to multiple devices through the cloud, an indistinguishable number of streams could be broadcasting at this very second, if left unsecured.

Insecam has a database of approximately 5,000 unsecured webcam streams in the United States alone. Some of these streams were left completely unsecured, while others are protected with very simple passwords like “password1” or the name of the vicinity that is being monitored. Some establishments, like hotels and restaurants, have live webcams that are left intentionally unsecured, though this is ill-advised.

There are about 11 million meetings taking place in the U.S. every year, many of which are broadcast online for other departments or business locations to view. In many cases, sensitive information is discussed in these meetings. Finances, internal operations, or special projects should all be kept internalized until ready for public release. While you may not consider it in the short-term, there is a huge possibility of leaked information when using closed circuit video surveillance systems.

While it’s possible to purchase video security systems on your own, it takes more than just a user’s manual to figure out how to effectively secure your surveillance system. That’s why you should only trust a professional to install your CCTV systems with complex passwords that only you, your family, or your business executives have access to.

ARG Communications, a leading telecommunications provider in the greater Delaware area, employs certified professionals capable of making sure that your surveillance systems are protected from online hackers and databases like Insecam.

For video surveillance, VoIP, phone systems, network cabling, and more, contact ARG Communications at (302) 225-2000, or sign up using our online portal.