The Advantages of Leasing an Office Copy Machine

Every business needs a printer and copier. It’s an essential piece of office technology that’s virtually impossible to live without if you want your company running efficiently at all times. However, commercial copiers are a hefty investment that can cost thousands of dollars in capital. If you want the latest technology available to you at an affordable monthly rate with managed print services, consider leasing your commercial copier from C3 Technology Solutions.

Initial Cost & Budgeting

There are many reasons why your business may prefer to lease a copy machine or multifunction printer rather than purchase one outright. Perhaps the biggest factor is cost. If you’re a small or midsize business, you likely have limited financial resources that are best saved for exploring business opportunities and aiding revenue growth. Investing in office technology that immediately depreciates in value is not a wise way to spend that many thousands of dollars. With a leased commercial copier, you can establish a set schedule of smaller payments. Being able to budget in this way is hugely beneficial to a growing company that will inevitably find its copier needs changing in a few years anyway.

Tax Benefits

Leasing a copier also has notable tax benefits over purchasing a copier. When you buy a copier in full, you can deduct only the value of the machine’s depreciation, which is typically 40 percent of the retail price in the first year after purchasing and 25 percent every year after. However, if you choose to lease your copy machine, you can deduct your entire payment value from your taxes. This is because the lease payment is considered a pre-tax business expense. 

Technology Updates

Another reason to lease your commercial copier rather than buying it is due to the inevitable obsolescence of office technology. Technology and the demands of your business are constantly evolving, and the copier you buy today may not be the copier you need tomorrow. With a multifunction printer lease, you are not committed to the device for years at a time. By leasing, you can upgrade your equipment and keep up to date with the latest technology, thereby keeping your business operating at peak efficiency.

Hassle-Free Maintenance & Repairs

If you don’t have a large in-house IT department to help service your office technology equipment, leased commercial copiers are a great option. Most leased copiers also have managed print services available to utilize, so maintenance and repairs are a breeze. With managed print services, you can order compatible toner cartridges in a matter of seconds and report any issues to a team of reliable and responsible technicians. All maintenance and repairs are performed in an extremely timely manner, so you can keep business running smoothly. When you purchase a copier, you also accept the upkeep that goes along with it. With leased commercial copiers, you can allow C3 to take care of the maintenance for you.

C3 Tech will work with your team to study your printing, scanning, and document management needs. We’ll help you find the best office technology equipment for your business at the lowest possible cost. Enjoy all the benefits of leasing a commercial copy machine and enlist our managed print services for hassle-free maintenance and repairs. To find out more about the equipment and services we can provide, give us a call today at (714) 689-1700.

Why Managed IT Services Are Better Than In-House

Every business, no matter what size, must make a decision between in-house IT and managed IT services. There are pros and cons to both, but many small- and medium-sized businesses often find that managed services are more advantageous when it comes to both cost and quality of service. Which choice is best for you will be dependant on what kind of support your business requires, but here are a few things to consider when deciding on a managed IT service provider.

Stay on Budget

One of the most common misconceptions about managed IT services is that it costs more than hiring in-house support. The truth is, hiring in-house IT is usually ultimately more expensive for small businesses, and it’s much less reliable and consistent in costs. In California, the average salary for a systems administrator is $75k. In addition to the employee salary, benefits, training costs, and taxes, you also will be responsible for paying for hardware, software, and other tools needed to sustain your operation. With managed IT services, you are paying a fixed monthly rate that covers the cost of technicians, supplies, software, and any unanticipated malfunctions. With in-house IT, you can end up paying more than expected to fix unexpected problems, or you may end up wasting money by hiring an employee that sits idly at times while your systems are running perfectly. Managed IT services guarantee that you are spending exactly what you expect to spend each month while receiving quality and consistent IT service. 

Allows Room for Growth

The goal of every company is to grow and expand its operations. As your company grows, so will the demands put on your IT department. You will need to add more servers, purchase more hardware, and hire more employees. This will exponentially increase your spending and limit the rate at which you can grow. It can take months on end to expand your in-house IT department to the point to which you need it. With managed IT services, however, you can expand your operation overnight. We have the storage space, depth of knowledge, and manpower to accommodate your company’s growing needs instantaneously. Managed IT services encourage growth rather than inhibiting it like in-house IT often can. All you need to do is contact us here at C3, and we can provide you with everything your company needs, big or small.

Always Available

Managed IT service providers are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In-house IT can be beneficial since your IT administrator will be on-site when a problem occurs. But what happens when your expert is on vacation, sick, or at home after hours? Managed IT technicians are always accessible, and they can diagnose your problems just as quickly as in-house technicians. No matter what issue occurs or what time it occurs, managed IT service providers like C3 Tech will be there to take care of you.

With managed IT services from C3 Tech, you can ensure you’re always running at peak efficiency with minimal disruption. Whenever anything goes wrong, you can trust that someone will be available to assist you, any day or time. To find out more about our range of IT services, including managed IT, give us a call today at (714) 689-1700.

How to Protect Your Identity on the Dark Web

Did you know that 1 in 15 people became victims of identity fraud in 2017 alone? Overall, 33 percent of Americans have experienced identity theft in some form, and 20 percent of victims have gone through it more than once. Having your personal information stolen, whether it’s a Netflix password or a Social Security number, leaves you feeling violated, unsafe, and helpless. It’s common to feel like there’s nothing you can do to prevent your information from being stolen, especially when it’s breached via a company that you trusted with your personal information. With dark web monitoring services from C3 Technologies, you’ll have a dedicated team constantly monitoring the dark web for your personal information, and you’ll be notified as soon as anything appears.

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a part of the Internet that isn’t indexed by search engines and can only be accessed via special software. Although there are legal information and services available on the dark web, such as medical records and government resources, it has a reputation for the illegal activity that occurs throughout it. The dark web is often used to post or sell people’s personal information – anything from social media profile passwords to Social Security and credit card numbers. When a person or company’s secure information is hacked and accessed, it is often sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Most user information online isn’t secure because visitors use the same password across multiple websites and accounts, even if that single password is considered a strong one. In order to better protect yourself, it’s highly recommended that you use a different password for each of your online accounts. This way, users who gain access to your Netflix account can’t also gain access to your bank information or medical portal. Keeping a physical notebook with a list of passwords written down is a more secure way to remember each password rather than having it on a digital device or only having a couple of passwords across all accounts. The chance of a hostile stranger gaining access to physical password records is far less likely than an online hacker gaining access to your digital information. You should also go through and update any passwords that are weak or have been compromised previously. The best way to ensure that your passwords are secure, however, is to run a dark web scan and monitor your information. Dark web scanning and monitoring services can help you discover and protect stolen information that you wouldn’t otherwise realize has been stolen. Don’t wait until your bank account is emptied to take notice of your compromised information. Be notified as soon as the first breach occurs with C3’s dark web monitoring service.

Spotlight ID

Spotlight ID is a powerful platform that monitors the dark web for your information and immediately notifies you when it detects someone using or selling your compromised identity. Spotlight will monitor your personal identity information, social profiles, and credit profiles to make sure that the information hasn’t been accessed and exploited. In the case of identity theft, Spotlight’s US-based team will work tirelessly to help you recover and restore your identity. There are three flexible and affordable protection plans available, so you can choose the option that’s best for you. We even offer a family bundle that provides protection for two adults and up to 10 minors, so you can keep your entire family’s information secure.

Virtually everyone with an online presence has their identifying information made available on the dark web at some point in their life. Get notified as soon as it happens and stop identity theft in its tracks with the Spotlight ID platform courtesy of C3 Tech. Here at C3 Tech, we always make our customers our top priority, and we’ll work diligently to ensure that your company’s needs are always met as quickly as possible. If you’d like to find out more about our dark web monitoring or any of the other services we provide, give us a call at (714) 689-1700 today.

Introducing the New C3 Tech

C3 Technology Services, evolved from C3 Office Solutions, is a full-service IT and business technology company that is dedicated to providing you with the best technology services in the industry so that you’re always fully prepared and protected. We want our customers to experience the best value, the most advanced technology, and a solution that will grow with their business, which is why we conduct rigorous evaluations of office technologies on your behalf.

The world of technology is constantly evolving and improving, so it’s imperative that we evolve with it. We’ve undergone a full rebrand, complete with a new logo and website, in order to modernize our look and align more closely with our new mission and core values. We’ve merged our IT and business services into one website and improved the user experience across all devices. We’re always looking to expand and improve our business in any way we can, and this rebranding is just one example of how we plan to do so.

What’s New

Our rebranding has brought with it several obvious changes, the first of which is our new logo. The shield imagery is extremely important to us, as it represents the emphasis we place on cybersecurity and the evolution of our business toward IT services. The new color scheme and shield icon have flowed through into our new, enhanced website which now merges our IT and office technology services. With comprehensive explanations of all of our products and services, our website is a reliable resource for you to utilize at your leisure. Use the My C3 portal to monitor your supply levels and receive assistance with any office technology problems you may be experiencing. With an improved user experience across desktop, mobile, and tablets, the new C3 website makes IT happen.

Our IT Services

We care about the wellbeing and success of your business, which is why we offer a wide range of customized IT solutions to help you grow your company and keep it running smoothly. Our managed IT services will keep your company at peak operation with a team of experts here to assist you whenever needed. Data backup and recovery plans are also an extremely important service to utilize, as they’ll allow you to quickly and easily recover your system whenever unexpected issues arise. If hacking and cyberattacks are a major concern for you, we offer network security services, cybersecurity training, and dark web monitoring for you and all of your employees. Our hassle-free VoIP services also provide you with a phone solution that will grow with your business and ensure that you never miss a call again. For premier customized IT services that fit a business of any size, trust C3 Tech.

Our Office Technology

Here at C3, we also offer office technology to complement our range of IT services. We can provide your company with business copiers and multifunction printers alongside comprehensive maintenance and repair services from expert technicians. Our managed print services are also available to help you find the best printer solution for the lowest possible cost. We have digital whiteboards, professional displays, and several software programs available for purchase, along with on-site document management services. Equip your office and your team for success with office technology products from C3 Tech.

If you’d like to find out more about C3 Tech and what we offer, give us a call today. We would be happy to analyze your IT and office technology needs and provide you with a customized service plan that will put you on the right path. We love to see our clients succeed, which is why we strive to give you the tools that you need to flourish in the modern digital space. To get started with a C3 Tech IT service plan today, give us a call at (714) 689-1700.

Hackers Are Now Using Remote Desktop Services For Ransomware

Ransomware continues to be the weapon of choice for hackers around the world, but their distribution methods are evolving.  Recently, a new strain of the ransomware known as CryptoMix was found in the wild, sporting a new distribution methodology.

Hackers are beginning to target publicly exposed remote desktop services and installing their poisoned software manually.

In the case of the remix of CryptoMix, once installed, the malware appends the .DLL extension to all encrypted files and predictably demands a ransom from the victim to get his or her files back. Despite the evolving delivery method, the threat remains the same, so perhaps it’s time for a review.

Here are several things your staff can do to minimize your risk of being taken offline by a ransomware attack:

  • Back your data up religiously. This isn’t so much a prevention strategy as it is an insurance policy.  It should go without saying, but too many SMBs don’t do this, so we wanted to list it first.
  • Make sure your employees are absolutely phobic when it comes to opening attachments from people they don’t know and trust. Even in cases where they recognize the sender, it’s always best to take the step of phone verification before actually opening the file.
  • All attachments should be scanned with a robust antivirus tool before opening
  • Be sure your people know not to connect Remote Desktop Services directly to the internet. Everyone using such services should do so via a VPN.
  • Make sure all Windows updates and security patches are installed in a timely fashion. Many a problem can be avoided simply by keeping your software up to date.
  • If you’re not using some type of security software that relies on behavioral detection or white list technology, you’re not doing your company any favors.

None of these things (even taken together) will absolutely ensure that you don’t fall victim to a determined hacker, but they will dramatically reduce your risk.

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