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    Printing from a webpage

    Since there are so many ways, it seems, that our personal information can be swiped, I wonder if it is safe to print from a web page? Often times, I will order something on-line. I used to copy/paste the info into MSWord and save it just in case the confirmation email didn't arrive as it should. Then I find that clipboard can be seen on-line so I stopped that habit while still on dial-up. Now that I am connected 24/7, can what I send to my printer from a web page been "seen"? Is it a safe thing to do?

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for any clarification about this was of saving information from online accounts, etc.


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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    <hr>can what I send to my printer from a web page been "seen"<hr>
    Short answer: no. You can print whatever you want from a web page or website, as no information is transmitted to the site during the printing process. There is no need to copy and paste into another application before printing.
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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Thanks Mark!! Funny how little things can pester a person until she finally decide to ask!! Since I am now running in "the fast lane" I find I am a lot more cautious about what I do!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Skitter,
    Mark answered your question already, but for those of us printing at work it is a different story. My office building is networked together so everyone (approx 100 workstations) prints to one printer... Network admin has the ability to view print jobs in the queue...I don't know if they're able to retrieve past jobs though..
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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    You should be aware that in the US, anything done on a 'work' PC is deemed to be property of the employer. They can examine, check, see, etc. any information on any PC or server they own.

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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Jeremy

    I would qualify your statement by saying that systems administrators can be aware of the existence of a print job, but not the contents thereof (at least, not without a third-party print management system).

    Of course being the sneaky (i.e. resourceful!) chaps and ms-chaps they are, they could nip into the spool directory and take a copy, and print it on one of their printers, perhaps...!

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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Unfortuantely (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), our network admin aren't fond enough of work to go through all that trouble.... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    I will qualify Mark's statement slightly: if you click a "Printable page" link, that usually will generate traffic back to and from the server. In some browsers, various elements of the page may be re-requested when you print even though they already are cached. In theory, if the site uses a different style sheet for printing, the browser might request image elements specified in that style sheet when you preview or print (however, the use of different image elements in print stylesheets is rare).

    Regarding the clipboard problem, if you don't want other web sites to have access to what is on the clipboard, you can replace it with something innocuous. In your example, simply select a short phrase on the same web page and use copy. (It is best to copy from the IE again to avoid any complications with the Office Clipboard.)

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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    > can what I send to my printer from a web page be "seen"?

    If you mean, can the print job be spied from outside your network, it depends. Let's suppose that your printer is connected to your computer by a USB cable. Then no, no data is leaving your computer that could be sniffed by anyone. To avoid any doubt, you should not share your printer with anyone. Or limit sharing to someone who knows a password. If your printer is access through a print server or another computer, then traffic is moving inside your own network. If the print server or other computer can be access by persons other than you then, as discussed above, it might be possible for someone to copy the print-blob (the data generated by the computer that should result in the correctly printed page) from the print server or other computer. This would require pretty good timing, so it doesn't seem very likely. Perhaps most important is whether anyone can join your network at all. If you have a firewall and good security on any wireless access points, then no one from outside should see traffic or devices inside except when you explicitly make them available.

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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Thank you for the additional info - brought some useful considerations to my mind that hadn't even crossed it.... <img src=/S/newbrain.gif border=0 alt=newbrain width=21 height=22>
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    Re: Printing from a webpage

    Thanks for the clarifications. When I was asking about the possibility of someone being able to see what I was printing, I was mainly thinking about printing from banking pages, order form information and the like from the Internet to my home based printer which is local to my one computer (currently). Eventually, I want to add a laptop and wireless connectivity to expand my "network". I have a router now and I have disabled the wireless capability of it for the time being.

    I guess I was concerned because I was thinking that the information I am printing has to be transferred to my printer so I was curious if it could be spied upon. From the information you have shared, it seems very unlikely it could happen. And yes, I have a software firewall in place too but I don't do copy/paste any more. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>

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