Printers as Privacy Risks

Does your company use a networked printer that faxes, scans or save copies of documents?

If so, copies of documents are probably stored on the printer hard drive. That means that when we are ready for a new model, and looking to return a leased copier, we may end up sharing documents as well.

For copiers that are more than two years old, odds are good that the data on an multi-function printer (MFP) can be extracted by a hacker. The news is better for newer models. Many newer models encrypt data going to the hard drive. This makes the data unusable and unreadable to hackers.

The best practice is for us to contact our printer manufacturer or local service center about how to scrub the hard drive before turning one in.

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