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Photocopier Security Problem




Did you know that most photocopiers keep a digital copy of the documents you copy? And because most photocopiers in businesses are rented, when they are replaced that info goes with them? If you copy something on a business or public copier (in a library, post office, or copy shop) your social security...(continued)

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number, bank info or medical records can easily get into the wrong hands. If you need to make copies of personal documents, it is best to make them on a home copier or scan your document on your scanner. I just read this in an AARP publication and thought I'd pass it along.

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  • It is imperically falsetto say that MOST copiers do this. Only high end copiers even have the capability to do it. This is another of those ridiculous urban legends that keep getting passed around. - by ROZELL99
  • STORMY724
    In response to ROZELL99: According to the Nov 2010 AARP Bulletin, Affinity Health sent data-breach notices to 100,000 NY residents because of info saved in one leased office copier. Starting in 2002 most copiers manufactured for use by businesses, libraries, & copy centers are equipped with hard drives. Early this year CBS news bought 4 copiers that had been leased & returned. One of the 4 yielded the Affinity Health info. But that was only 1 of many copiers used by Affinity. Other machines yielded police records & pay stubs with SS numbers. I'm not saying all copiers are culprits, but the potential is there & users need to be aware of the possibility of sensitive info getting into the wrong hands. - by STORMY724
  • Thanks for posting this information. Businesses that offer copying to the public should have this information posted. - by BEAR128
  • Stormy724 is absolutely correct. I have been in the copier business for over 10 years and most stand alone machines these days do have a hard drive. Most Manufacturers have security options available to address this concern for an additional cost and many are (like Toshiba, who I work for) now making this a standard on there new models as they come out. - by LINBLAIR

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