Printer Security: Why It’s Important and What To Do

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Printer Security: Why It’s Important and What To Do

Printer security has been in the news over the last year, famously for the PewdiePie printer hacking incident, but is a wider issue than we seem to realise. Yet fewer than 50% of business currently protect personal identifiable information, especially in relation to printing-base processes. Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) are in fact vulnerable to attacks and thus the General Data Privacy Regulation are requesting enterprises to protect their print infrastructure from cyber attack, which could range from malicious external cyber attack to documents being left on a shared device. In both cases sensitive printed documents can end up in the hands of unauthorised recipients. Pretty much every MFP currently on the market could be a target for hackers who aim to use them as a way to access corporate networks. However, print security is generally something which is overlooked by even the largest of firms, and personal identifiable information is rarely protected.

Ensuring security should be a twofold procedure when it comes to print security. Firstly, printers must be secured, and then the printing processes must also be secured. The latter usually entails a multi-faceted approach ensuring data is protected at the print environment level. Although there is a lot of focus on data privacy, it is usually at the digital level that measures are implemented. Most businesses forget about the security risks that poor control of print-reliant processes and working culture poses. This needs to change if we want to limit risk and demonstrate compliance. So how can enterprises secure printers from the potential threats? Here are some simple tips:

The first level of security is done by applying the latest firmware updates as manufactures are trying to fix vulnerabilities including serious security issues with their printers and they might also include other features that could make your printers more secure. You can also use admin tools to make this process simpler such as HP Web Jetadmin, which is not restricted to HP printers alone. The next step you can take is to ensure you printer has an internal IP address. You can also restrict connectivity to a specific LAN. Many business printers have a PIN system whereby you can enter a PIN to start the print job. Not only does this add an extra level of security but also ensures less paper is wasted. The next crucial step is to making sure that remote printing is secure. There are other levels of security that can be implemented, such as making sure your printer’s hard disk is encrypted and if you decide to scrap a printer make sure that the hard disk is professionally wiped. If the printer is administered over the internet, then enable SSL to ensure all communications take place over https. Hopefully these tips should ensure security to an acceptable level. However, there are additional ways to approach the process of securing your printer. Getting a Secure Print Analysis from HP is a good way to start.

For affordable printer ink and laser toner cartridges for personal, home and business use, check out our low-cost ink cartridges and toner cartridges.

Printer Security, why is it important and what do you do to secure your printer

Advantages of Toner with Drum Unit Combos

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advantages of toner with drum combo

There are essentially two ways to buy consumables in the market when you consider how the toner and drum units are sold. Either they are sold together or the two components are sold separately and therefore are replaced separately.

So how do you know when it is time to replace the toner? The toner cartridge contains powder used for creating the image. When the toner is running out you will notice your prints are being inconsistent or too light, and sometimes even blank. However, the drum is the component that transfers the toner to the paper. You will know when it is time to replace the drum, as when the drum is at the end of its life, you will begin to see lines or similar errors repeated across the page. So, the obvious advantage of buying a combo is if you see both of these happening (therefore implying both need replacement) However, if only one or the other has reached the end of its life then you may believe it would be advantageous to buy separately, that is buy just the one you require, but actually you may need to replace the other too further in time.

As drum units typically tend to last much longer than toner cartridges (though this is dependent on the design), you will probably find that in most cases, it is the toner that runs out. Also if you like to buy our own brand cartridges as opposed to the OEM products (i.e. made by the manufacturer of your printer) you will more likely spend less money as refilled and generic toner are less costly and have the same life span (last as long) as original toners. Only these instances, previously it was easier to find alternatives when the toner was separate from the drum. The reason behind this is that, the manufacturer is meant to refill the toner and refurbish the drum, but usually they only refill the toner and forget about the drum. You can also buy the OEM drum if you prefer that whilst getting any of the compatible toners for your printer when you buy from us. But we have made it easier for you by matching the compatible toner with its accompanying compatible drum. We would highly recommend buying the combo, as to be honest there are really not any disadvantages to buying the combo as both the toner and drum will run out at some point anyway!

Also, toner and drum combos are great value especially if you need to replace both, but also in the instances when you need to replace only one, as the other can be kept for when the one in your printer has reached the end of its life. Check out our great value top selling toner and drum combos for Brother, Xerox, Panasonic, HP, OKI and Samsung!

Toner and Drum Combo Brother

Happy 30th Birthday World Wide Web!

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World Wide Web is 30 today

The World Wide Web has grown to the extent that we cannot now image a world without it. From education to e-commerce, it is part of our everyday lives. And it was invented on this day (12th March) thirty years ago!

It all began when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a software engineer at CERN, realised that information could be shared on the internet* by an emerging technology called HyperText. He made a visionary proposal and later developed three fundamental technologies that to this day remain the foundations of the web, namely, HTML (HyperText Markup Language), URI (Uniform Resource Identifier also known as URL) and HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol), which is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web.

Realising that the web could be made accessible to anyone, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new web community. Revolutionary ideas originally produced by the web community have found applications beyond the technology sector, spreading into a number of different fields such as politics, education, scientific research and culture.

These principles included decentralisation, non-discriminatory ideals, a bottom-up design, consensus and universality. The World Wide Web Consortium was founded later in 1994, and Tim remains the director to this day, and continues its visionary approaches to continually build a better web that serves all of humanity.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) tackle issues such as the fact that more than half the world’s population is still not able to get online as well as the risks posed by the web to privacy, democracy and rights. Fighting for digital equality, women’s rights online as well as for affordability of the internet, they are rethinking the way things are done, which may again have positive impacts on other fields.

*(The terms internet and World Wide Web are often used interchangeably, by do not mean the same thing! The internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks whereas the World Wide Web is a global collection of resources linked by hyperlinks and URLs.)

Today, Google has dedicated a Doodle to the World Wide Web for its thirtieth anniversary!

google doodle world wide web

With resources readily available at your fingertips, finding the inks and toners for your printer is just a click away! At Ink N Toner UK, we are happy the WWW exists, which means that we not only have a physical store but also an online site. Check us out at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/ we have a wide range of original and compatible inks and toners for you at great prices!

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So You Want to be a Photographer – Advice on Buying the Tools

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so you want to be a photographer - buying the tools

So you want to enter the world of photography but are wondering where and how to begin. Perhaps you are tight on budget, or you want to quickly accelerate to a professional level but are wondering which camera you want to start with. Though we won’t be able to explore the whole equipment range, this blog post gives you great general advice for starting out whatever your circumstances. There will obviously be other tools available but we will cover the very basics.

Firstly, you need a decent camera. Research the latest camera editions and remember to look at models just slightly older than the current ones, as they may be considerably cheaper with pretty much the same functionality.

Aside from the camera, it is vital you buy good quality lenses, as this one of the major factors that dictate the quality of the photo. Consider zoom lenses and research the effect of the different ranges offered by your viable options. A standard zoom lens might offer the focal lengths 18-55mm, which may be enough for your requirements, but if you want to take wildlife photography for example consider a greater range. As you may know the advantage of a zoom lens is the flexibility, however if you want better image quality, prime lenses should also be a part of your kit. Check out prime lens reviews and the clarity of images they would produce before you buy. Some great value lenses in the market sometimes come with slight tints, which may or may not be what you want. You may need to invest in more than one prime lens.

The next pieces of equipment are filters depending on the look you are going for. However also bear in mind that digital photos can be edited and have filters added in post-production to give the same look and feel as having used physical filters.

Next, invest in a tripod if the camera is going to be standing still in one position for a while for the photos; this may not always apply. If you need to move around a lot and need clear shots or want to record a video, consider options like a Steadicam.

Cleaning equipment and memory cards are essential but should not be difficult to choose from the options available. We sell a range of SD cards, which vary in size and capacity from 1GB to 256GB; choose one depending on you device and the quantity and quality of your photos. For a professional photographer, who usually takes photos rapidly, getting the fastest SD card is important. The same goes for if you would like to record video.

Now you are well equipped to take great photos, but what about post-production work such as editing? If you can afford an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription then the question is which of the suite to go for. Photoshop and perhaps Lightroom are essentials but are there other photo editors out there that are good alternatives. Do your research. If your objective is to print your work as opposed to post on digital channels, then make sure your editing software allows RGB to CMYK conversion so that your printout will have the colours optimised. For more information on this, read our blogpost on CMYK & RGB.

Printing out your photographs is the last but crucial step to get right. Experiment with colour and black and white prints, and invest in a good printer, photo paper, and cartridges. For a quick printing guide, checkout our blogpost ‘A Quick Printing Guide for Photographers’. Depending on your budget and requirements, you can choose from a range of available options. For example, for vivid photographs a combination of glossy paper and dye ink might be the best option. We sell quality compatible ink and toner cartridges at a fraction of the cost of the originals – these are a great alternative to original cartridges if you are short of cash. If you went for a HP printer, and want the quality of original cartridges and don’t want to go for compatibles, IBM replacement cartridges are great alternative.

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CMYK & RGB Colour Models for Print & Digital Design

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CMYK vs RGB for print and digital

If you are familiar with working with digital or print design, you will probably be aware of the different colour models to utilise. RGB is an additive colour model, which means white is produced by combining all the primary coloured lights and black is the absence of light. CMYK is however a subtractive colour model and refers to the ink colours Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black).

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

The CMYK model works by partially masking the colours on a lighter, usually white background. The ink, which reduces the light that would have been reflected, therefore ‘subtracts’ the colours red, green and blue from white light. This distinction between the models makes the RGB prefect for digital and CMYK ideal for print; CMYK sometimes refers to the printing process itself.

However, the range offered by RGB (its colour gamut) is larger than that of the CMYK which explains why sometimes although you design looks good on screen in RGB, the CMYK usually lacks vibrancy. Also, some colours cannot be reproduced using CMYK. As a result your print out may look a little muddied. If you are a professional photographer for example, this is obviously not the result you want.

Many constraints exist when trying to achieve the reproduction of colours that are perceived by the eye in nature. However, there are many printing processes that have be devised such as offset and lithographic printing processes, which though are still in development, already produce a more natural look.

One good advice is to make sure you only work with colours that can be printed (that is, within the CMYK gamut). For example if you are working in Photoshop, you can opt to work in the CMYK mode. However, with today’s wide format printers that have 12 ink colours, you may be able to achieve a spectrum closer to that of RGB. Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO printer range has good options for this. You can buy printing supplies for these printers in the InknTonerUK website. Ideally, if you are concerned about the colours looking good you would opt for original inks. But, this can be very expensive, so we provide you with multipack options which will give you great savings. For example, we sell multi-packs for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and more.

CMYK vs RGB

Busting the Myth that Printing is not Sustainable!

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Printing is sustainableThe digital revolution has meant a switch over to non-paper-based communication, increasingly reinforced by penalties and supplementary charges for using paper. But has misinformation been the driving catalyst for this change? Did you know that one of the main reasons companies want to shift to electronic delivery is to save money and not necessarily be environmentally responsible. It is a well-known fact that people understand, retain and use information better when in print on paper, and paper is in fact sustainable when consumed responsibly. For example, double-sided printing in the office and collection schemes will reduce costs as well as improve sustainability. There are software packages available such as GreenPrint that isolate blank pages for example, thus reducing the number of binned sheets of paper. If companies want to save money, then investing in a printer that takes compatible cartridges easily is a good idea (most printers do). As it is often the cartridges that add to the running costs of printing, knowing your cartridge options for your particular printer becomes of paramount importance. You can search for cartridges by navigating using the make and model of your printer on the InknTonerUK website on the quick search toolbar.

The European paper industry recycles at the rate of 72% (2016 figure) – and with recycling collection systems improving this rate is set to increase. As you know, the main raw material is wood; if harvested in a carefully controlled and sustainable way, it makes printing a sustainable industry. In some countries, in particular, in the tropics, the conversion of forests to industrial plantations is a cause for concern, but that is not the case in Europe where most of our paper is sourced. In fact, European forests have increased in size by an area the size of Switzerland in just ten years. The paper, pulp and print sector is one of the lowest industrial emitters or greenhouse gasses, accounting of 1%of global emissions. And with many customers still valuing paper-based communication, it might be wise to not go entirely digital.

If you want to print in an environmentally friendly manner, but worry about the quality of your prints, rest assured that buying remanufactured cartridges from a trusted vendor like InknTonerUK would guarantee that your remanufactured cartridges would perform as well as a new cartridge. Look our for the pink ‘premium’ label on the products on the site for premium remanufactured products. Compatible cartridges on the other hand are great value alternatives for everyday use.

Minimise environmental impact by printing consciously

IBM Replacement Toner Cartridges are Better Alternatives to Original Cartridges

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IBM Ultimate is a better alternative

IBM is a renowned technology company known for their quality products. Beginning as a computer hardware company in 1911, they have established themselves as one of the top leading companies. As you may know IBM produce their own printers and offer cartridges; now they have ventured into manufacturing a true likeness toner cartridge for HP and may produce more of other brands like Brother, Samsung and Canon in the future.

With the guaranteed print quality and page yield of an original cartridge, the IBM Ultimate cartridges come with a Total Performance Warranty. That means that not only will the print quality and page yield meet or exceed the originals’, but that the product also comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee that the last page will look as great as the first! All this comes with no risk to your printer’s warranty whilst offering amazing savings against original cartridges, which makes IBM Ultimate cartridges a great alternative. Offering cost savings to the enterprise user and certified by IBM, these high quality cartridges make great replacement toner cartridges!

Here is an example comparison for a toner cartridge where we offer the originals, compatible, remanufactured and IBM Ultimate. You can view the cartridge types for this particular product by clicking this link. As you can see, if you require a true alternative to originals you should consider going for the IBM Ultimate. Rather than paying £152.99, you are paying £65.99; that is a total saving of £87. You could even buy two IBM Ultimates and still have saved!

If you don’t like using compatible cartridges and prefer the original, we highly recommend to try the IBM Ultimate cartridges, which are made by the IBM company and you will be 100% satisfied and won’t go back to the originals. That is a guarantee!

 

Example: HP 05X Black High Capacity Toner Cartridge (CE505X) Originals Compatible (brand new copy) Remanufactured (renewed original) IBM Ultimate
Page Yields 6,500 pages 6,500 pages 6,500 pages 6,500 pages
Quality Produces the highest Quality Good quality printing for everyday use Premium quality which close to originals True Alternative to originals
Price (as of 22/1/19) £152.69 £16.99 £34.99 £65.99
Compatibility HP LaserJet P2050, P2055, P2055D, P2055DN, P2055N, P2055X Same as Originals Same as Originals Same as Originals
Risk to Printer None None None None

To view all toner cartridges that are offered by IBM at Ink n Toner UK, you can click this link.

IBM Ultimates are better alternatives to originals

A Quick Printing Guide for Photographers (Beginners & Professionals)

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A quick printing guide for photographers by Ink n Toner UK

For all photographers, it is important to ensure a combination of having the right printer, suitable inks and the correct photo paper. However, with the abundance of available choices, it is often confusing to pick out exactly what you need. Ideally, you would need a printer that has the right balance of quality, cost and specific features depending your photo printing demands, and whether you are an amateur or a professional, you want feel satisfied with your work so you need to choose options that show your work in the best light.

PRINTERS:

THE BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

For an aspiring photographer a printer such as the Canon PIXMA iP8720, would allow you to experiment with colour as well as black and white prints. And, it supports up to a 13” x 19” print size. For a relatively low cost option, it has an incredible 9600 x 2400 dpi resolution, which is perfect for those highly detailed photos.

A higher cost option (at double the price) is the Canon Pixma Pro 10, which allows for 10 pigmented inks offering an great range of colours. Pigmented inks last longer whereas dye-based inks produce more vivid colours but do not last as long. Also supporting a 13” x 19” print size and wireless capabilities, it is a good option if you can afford the 10 replacement cartridges. Compatible cartridges are a viable alternative. Click here for suitable ink cartridges: https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/2-canon-pro-10-pixma-printer

THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

For professional photographers out there, the Epson SureColour P800 is a great option. Not only is it relatively cheap, but has great print quality and a good page yield. Allowing for a wide-format use, it enables printing up to 17” x 22”. Great for printing border-less photos.

PHOTO PAPER:

Most printers have universal compatibility, but it is important to see what type of photo paper your printer can take. As for high quality photographs Inkjet printing is ideal, so we will discuss now discuss Inkjet photo paper.

There are various photo paper finishes, which is the translucent chemical coating that improves appearance of the print. From glossy and matt to satin and pearl and luster and various other finishes, you need to choose the correct one for your particular print job. Glossy paper ranges in glossiness, however there may be glare in the resulting image from high glossy papers which make viewing challenging. Nevertheless, glossy paper is the most widely used type of photo paper for a quality finish. Matt has no glossiness, making it a cheaper option (due to the lack of the expensive coating), but ideal for black and white photos. Satin paper has ‘semi-gloss’. Pearl and Luster has a textured feel to it and is a type of satin finish. A high paper density (GSM weight) is ideal for a luxury look, for example on greeting cards, but is often not cost effective.

Ink n Toner UK are doing an offer this week of 2 free packs of glossy photo paper when your order comes to £20 or more! Ends midnight on Friday the 18th of January 2019.

INKS:

It is often the question whether it is better to produce your photos with dye or pigment based ink. Dyes are colourants dissolved in liquid while pigments inks are microscopic specks of solid colours that are suspended in liquid. You might use dye as it is cheaper and great for vivid prints. Dye is ideal for album photography, and the best results are on high gloss paper. But they could take a while to dry and will fade over time. Photos printed using dye inks last for about 25 years if protected by glass. Pigment inks are only for the top-end printers, and can produce high quality on a range of paper. They give long lasting and consistent results but lack in vibrancy.

So the choices your make will depend on your printing needs and budget. If for example you require colourful and vivid photographs then a combination of glossy paper and dye ink would be the best option. Also make sure your ink is compatible with your printer! Use our easy-to-use search tools to navigate the inks that match your printer on: https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/

A quick guide to printing for photographers

Printing for Business Made Simple

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Business Printing

If you are a business, the ongoing running costs of a printer can often eat into a business’ utilities budget as costs increase with high volume everyday use. With businesses tending to demand a lot from their printers, even smaller Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), finding a cost-effective all-in-one printer with low upfront as well as running costs becomes of paramount importance.

For bulk printing, businesses should consider laser printers with attributes such as automatic double-sided printing. An all-purpose printer that scans and copies as well would be ideal, like the Epson Workforce printers for example, and for larger businesses, a printer that offers stapling is a bonus. Brother, HP, Canon and Samsung printers are among the very best brands for businesses.

However, which one of the range should you go for? Wireless and network printers are perfect for businesses environments with a large workforce. However, at this point, it is important to consider the running costs which boils down to the type of toner cartridges you decide to choose. Ink n Toner UK offers a wide range of cartridges that are compatible with thousands of different laser printers so by visiting the site and browsing through the options (on inkntoneruk.co.uk) you become well equipped to make a strategic choice about your printer.

Remanufactured Cartridges vs OEM

Original toner cartridges ensure that you produce outstanding quality prints, and are perfect for professional business designers where the quality of the graphics and images are essential. However, whereas buying original toner cartridges repeatedly may cost you a fortune in the long term, premium remanufactured or value compatibles are far more affordable options that do not infringe on quality. (So before you buy your printer, consider the compatibility of different types of cartridges, and whether we offer compatible cartridges for your printer.) If however, you want the guaranteed match (at the very least) in print quality and page yield of an original cartridge, Xerox Ultimate and IBM Ultimate toner cartridges are also highly viable options as they still offer considerable savings against original cartridges. Click here for all Printer Toner Cartridges & Supplies.

Your very own Printer buying guide!

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At Ink N Toner UK, we know it can be difficult at times when you want to purchase a printer, perhaps it is your first time buying, or maybe you are looking to upgrade. Well, rest assured we are here to help you with a guide on the kinds of printers you can find, if you would like a more detailed guide, you might want to look

Printer Types

There are varied types of printers depending on how much you would like to spend, as well as what you want out of your printer.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printing is a type of computer printing that recreates a digital image by propelling droplets of ink onto paper, plastic, or other substrates. Inkjet printers are the most commonly used type of printer, and range from small inexpensive consumer models to expensive professional machines. Inkjet printers tend to produce higher quality photographs than laser printers. If you like photography or are maybe looking to create some photo albums, a good quality inkjet printer makes the most of photos from DSLR and phone cameras.

 

Laser Printers

Laser printers are designed for consistent use and are able to reduce printing times in offices and homes that print in abundance. A fantastic choice for text documents and high-speed batch printing. Toners do cost more than inkjet cartridges. However, it will print out considerably more. The initial cost price of a laser printer looks like a taxing investment, but over time, the cost-per-page works out cheaper than inkjet printing.

 

All-in one Printers

An all-in-one printer is the amalgamation of a scanner, copier and printer in one device. They are available in both inkjet and laser varieties, offering the bonus from the reduced footprint, and the satisfaction of having a three in one printer. Some all-in-ones have a fax machine as well, which is extremely useful and the ideal printing solution for small or home offices, although of course faxing is very much becoming more and more outdated!

 

3D Printers

3D printers have recently become much more common and offer a diverse and innovative entry into prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. Whatever you design, you can make. This is great if you want to test parts before you manufacture expensive machining or maybe you want to design a custom phone case, or anything else that your mind thinks. A 3D printer makes once complex manufacturing easy and accessible.

As well as that, there is a plethora of extra features and jargon that you may not understand or even knew exists today!

Wi-Fi Direct/WirelessDirect:

Wi-Fi Direct provides a wireless connection between a printer and device, even if no Wi-Fi signal is present – perfect for homes and offices without a wireless network or in an office as a backup if the network fails.

Apple Airprint:

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers. With AirPrint, it’s easy to print full quality photos and documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without having to install additional software (drivers).

Google Cloud Print:

Google Cloud Print (GCP) is a service that allows you to print from any web-connected device. Google Cloud Print routes print jobs between your computer, smartphone, or tablet and sends it to an Internet-connected printer.

NFC:

Near-field communication is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm of each other.Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new feature to printers.

Email Printing:

Settings for email notifications. You can print to any printer that is Email Print compatible printer from any device that can send email, such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, or mobile phone. To use this service, you need to register your printer and account to the brands account first.

Print Quality DPI:

DPI is used to describe the resolution number of dots per inch in a digital print and the printing resolution of a hard copy print dot gain, which is the increase in the size of the halftone dots during printing. This is caused by the spreading of ink on the surface of the media.

Whatever you may need, we have a printer to suit all of your needs, if you want to learn more visit our buying guide on our site at: https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/Printer-Buying-Guide.html

We hope you have a great day and we hope we have made it even better helping you get your dream printer.