Tech Tip: Your Copier Is Spying on You …

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Modern business equipment has radically changed how we conduct everyday business. Did you know that copiers and multifunction printers are one of the leading causes of data breaches?

They are the one device on the network that, commonly, does not ever have the default password changed. After all, who would want to get in and copy your settings? You might answer differently once you realize that, quite often, those copiers keep images of all scanned pages on an internal hard drive — perfect for someone to anonymously access and steal Social Security records and sensitive business data.

Take steps to secure your MFP copier today. Change — or ask your IT support firm to change — the default passwords on all network-connected devices. Don’t forget this rule when the copier lease is up and a new one is installed. A few quick steps can save a lot of personal data breaches and a lot of security headaches down the road.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

 

 

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