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Jake Stroup

Copy Machines and Your Identity

By June 6, 2011

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CBS News did a nice little story on copy machines and identity theft. These are the typical printers in most offices today, that you can print to directly from your computer. The problem seems to be that these printers can lead to identity theft because they store a copy of everything they print on a hard-drive in the machine - which most businesses don't bother to erase before they sell the old machine, or return it if the printer is leased.

These sorts of issues get me upset, because there is a solution already in place through the manufacturer. Yup, there's software that can be installed on the printer that will keep the information on the hard drive safe, either by encrypting it so it can only be read by the printer, or deleting it when the machine is done printing or copying the document. So why are we still at risk? Because businesses don't want to pay the extra cost of the software.

For business owners, it's a good idea to know how identity theft can hurt your company.

And for the rest of us? Well, let's just say the last link doesn't see much traffic. Best to know how to protect yourself from identity theft - we're still waiting for the people who have our information to take identity theft seriously enough to do something about it.

June 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(1) leafyfern says:

Many business owners and managers don’t even know their copy machines store these documents.

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