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The Connection Newsletter

Issue: # 2017-12 December 2017

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December Newsletter

The holiday season is officially here (even though it may not feel like it outside!)

We wanted to say a very special thank you to all of our customers and friends for your support throughout the years, and we wish you a very happy and safe holiday and New Year.

This month in our newsletter, we have tips on protecting your business during the holidays, home security gift ideas, and lots more!

A quick reminder – all customers have been given access to their new customer portal, available at http://login.perfectconnectionsinc.com.

If you have not received an e-mail with a temporary password to enable your customer portal, please e-mail us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com, or call the office at 908-722-2880.

The portal has lots of great features, like paying your bill online, scheduling service, and more!

If you would like to go green and sign up for electronic delivery of all invoices, please click here.

If you have any questions about this, your service, or anything else, feel free to call us at 908-722-2880. If you do not receive an email with your login information in the next few days, you can also call us at that number to gain access.

Thank you for all of the trust you place in us. It is our number one goal to protect all of our customers and their valuables. We also want every experience you have with us to be positive. Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions, concerns, etc. – we would love to hear from you!

Our Blog

Don’t forget to regularly check out our blog that can be found on our website.

We tackle various security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any ideas for future blog posts, please contact us.

Commercial Security

Business Security: Holiday Shopping Security Tips

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For retail businesses, with the holidays right around the corner, you are going to see an increase in foot traffic. This increase in traffic is also going to increase the potential of theft. If you want to reduce losses, such as shrinkable and shoplifting this holiday season, make sure to take steps to enhance your security efforts.

Protect Your Business Against Shoplifters

The holidays are a great time to push promotions and increase your sales. However, if you want to remain profitable, you will have to take steps to protect your business from shoplifting threats. To do this, try and implement the following security measures:

  • Watch for fake or expired coupons.
  • Look in baskets and shopping carts carefully and look for small items that may be easily stolen.
  • Make sure high-cost items have codes or locks to keep customers from just walking out the door with them.
  • Use surveillance cameras in the store, especially by entryways and registers.
  • Attach EAS devices to expensive items.
  • Watch for customers acting “funny,” or leaving the store and coming back repeatedly.

Take Steps to Eliminate Employee Theft

Unfortunately, your customers are not the only ones who may be putting your business at risk for losses during the holidays. Make sure that you have a plan in place for your worker’s as well. Some tips to protect against employee theft during the holiday months include:

  • Install video surveillance cameras at your POS areas to watch for any suspicious activity.
  • Give employees unique passcodes or passwords for using POS systems.
  • Create special policies that will help deter theft, such as anonymous reporting.
  • If you hire seasonal employees, make sure they are high quality workers
  • Check worker’s bags before they leave each day.

With the tips here, you can help protect your business from losses because of customers and employees.

Residential Security

Improve Home Safety and Security with These Gift Ideas

With the holiday season right around the corner, it is time for you to begin thinking about what gifts you are going to purchase for your friends and family members. If your list includes a person who is conscious about their home security, there are a few gift ideas for you to consider.

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  • A smart thermostat: These are programmable, digital thermostats that are the ideal complement to any pre-existing security system that includes home automation. With this type of unit, you can keep all parts of your home the right temperature during the day and night, while improving energy efficiency.
  • An all in one home security device: There are several devices that you can install including surveillance cameras that will send out an alert if someone is outside of your home.
  • Video cameras: If the person on your list needs a way to secure their home while seeing what is going on, then video cameras are the ideal option. There are options that can be connected to smart devices to provide remote monitoring of the home.
  • Keyless door locks: For someone who always loses their keys or forgetting where they put them, a keyless door lock is the perfect gift. With this the user can unlock their doors by entering a passcode or by receiving email or text alerts if someone else uses the code to gain access to the home.

As you can see, there are more than a few options to consider if you are buying for someone who is dedicated to protecting their home. Most of these devices are integrated with innovative technology, which means they are the ideal option for any smart home.

Tech Corner

Preparing Your Business for the Future of XAAS

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The Anything-as-a-Service, or XaaS market has seriously exploded since the introduction of the Internet of Things, or IoT. There are no signs that this growth is slowing down, with the market expected to grow at a rate of 38.22 percent through the year 2020.

If you have a forward-thinking company, you may be looking for new ways to utilize XaaS offerings to improve speed to market, as well as flexibility. If you haven’t yet made these moves, now is the time to do so.

What is XaaS?

XaaS is referring to the services and products that are available through the cloud, over the internet. It includes better known service models, such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, in addition to more niche markets, such as DRaaS and marketing-as-a-service.

The Current State of the Industry

With more people turning to XaaS services, businesses in almost all industries are adapting to subscription-based or on-demand models to help streamline operations and to monetize opportunities. One example of this is Lyft and Uber, which are companies using the as-a-service model in the transportation industry. By adopting XaaS you can enjoy the following advantages:

  • Improved scalability and flexibility
  • Cost savings thanks to streamlined processes, reduced maintenance requirements and quicker implementation
  • Easier access to new technologies
  • Faster speed to market and faster response for market developments

Protecting Your Business from any Type of XaaS Security Hazards

Even though XaaS offers exceptional benefits, it has also created a number of new security challenges. The first challenge is the increase of Malware-as-a-Service, Ransomware-as-a-Service and Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service. These types of services will allow users with even limited backgrounds in coding to execute hacks on business data and systems.

Due to these new challenges, it is important to take precautions prior to adding XaaS applications to your network. You need to ensure they have strong data loss prevention, data encryption, monitoring capabilities and tokenization. Taking the proper precautions will help you utilize the benefits offered by XaaS and keep your business safe from threats.

ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Question:



"A Place In The Sun" by Stevie Wonder, he says that he wants to be like a branch on a tree because?

A) He’s reaching to be seen

B) He’s reaching to grow on

C) He’s reaching to be free

D) He’s reaching for the top

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PREVIOUS MONTH’S ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Question:

Who was in the famous super-group “The Traveling Wilburys” with Tom Petty?

Answer:

Former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne

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OUR SERVICES

We offer a wide-range of Commercial and Residential Security Services that include:

For immediate assistance or information on any of our services, please email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com or call: 908-722-2880.

OUR REFERRAL PROGRAM

Our referral program works like this. If someone you refer to us turns into a client, you get your choice of a number of $50 gifts!

All you have to do is email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com and put "Referral Program" in the subject line. Please be sure to include the name and contact information for the person you are referring, along with the $50 gift of your choice. Also, be sure to include your contact information so we can send you your gift, once your referral turns into a sale. If you prefer to call us with all the information, please do so at: 908-722-2880.

Thank you for reading our December issue. Don’t forget to read our weekly blog as well. See you next month!

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