Digital Copiers Loaded With Secrets
Published On: May 13, 2010
I was absolutely blown away by the CBS News Report on the danger of digital copy machines to your security. Digital copy machines manufactured after 2002 all contain hard drives which take a picture of every document that they scan, print, copy and e-mail. When the machine is put on the used copier market, it can be purchased by anyone. The data on the hard drive can be read by generic software which is found free on the Internet.
The data can include anything from copies of a grocery list to your social security number and sensitive medical information. Encryption software is available and can be installed on these copiers but if the users don’t know that (1) there is a hard drive and (2) the software is available, how can they protect the unwary public from this risk of identity theft?
Watch this CBS Investigative story. You’ll be as blown away as I was.
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