Friday, April 25, 2014

If You Own Or Work With A Digital Copier, Your Information May Be At High Risk

In the world we live in today, we have to take precaution so we don't have our PIN numbers stolen, or so we aren't duped into giving someone our banking information online. Thankfully we are all able to remain financially and physically safe for the most part. But there are ways to steal a persons identity or financial information that many are unaware of. One tiny mistake can lead to a huge disaster. You may not think so, but things like identity theft are very real. The scariest part is that it can happen from almost anywhere. It can even happen from places that you may not even expect. Do you use a copier at work? Have you ever had your ID or social security card scanned at a hospital? Perhaps at the DMV? If so, your information could be at a higher level of risk than you ever thought.

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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  2. I totally agree with this. During the selling process, I advise every one of my clients to have their drive wiped. At Pacific ConnecTeq in Long Beach, CA we offer this service along with a certificate of data destruction for peace of mind.

  3. The aspect of Digital Copiers  is that they can generate more than one set of copy with just one scan. You do not have to run the original document ten times to have ten copies....
    Thanks for sharing...!!!

  4. Nice Post! thank you for sharing. it is valuable and knowledgeable.

  5. Wow, I had no idea that copiers and scanners presented a security risk. Thanks for posting about it to let people know. Do you (or anyone here) know how to wipe a hard drive? I'm not very tech savvy.

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  6. Not all copiers have hard drives. However, it is a easy problem to solve. Format the hard drive before returning or selling the equipment. While you still have you can use security features built in to many copiers form forcing the use of copier/print login number or obtain the optional security package from the copiers supplier.
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