How is this possible you may ask? Here is some scary information.
Almost every digital copier has a hard drive installed that keeps a copy of every image that it's ever scanned.
It is a scary thought in itself to know that someone could take all of your information via the ATM or lost credit cards. It's even more terrifying to know that some copying machine out there could have all of your information stored on its hard drive. The unfortunate thing is that most people don't know that digital copiers contain hard drives, usually they go completely unnoticed. Some 60% of Americans today have no clue that their digital copiers have hard drives. Every computer has a hard drive where it stores its data digitally. It's the same case for copiers.
When you decide to clean up a computer and dump files, it seems almost like second nature, but that's not necessarily the case when dealing with a copier. You're more than likely not going to think about it because, to you, it's just doing its job. That being said, used copiers often go for sale without having their hard drives wiped. This is mainly due to the fact that the people using them were completely unaware. Most of these used copiers are sold for cheap, obviously in an attempt to move the products quickly. Should someone with the right know-how for identity theft get a hold of one of them, these copiers could become a literal gold mine for them. Everything from stealing your identity to accessing your bank accounts and wiping them clean could be in their plans.
These copiers can become a huge risk on your privacy and personal information. When the purchase of a used copiers is made, you may not know where it came from. It could have come from a hospital, a police prescient, or a high school library. You never know. The point is to become aware of the danger and do something about it. If you know you're going to get rid of a copier that you've been using, do yourself a favor and wipe the hard drive clean or just get a new one entirely.
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