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    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
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    For those of you corporate readers, or frequent public digital photocopier users...

    Large professional type digital scanner and Photocopiers with internal hard disk drives hold potentially sensitive data long after they're made.
    There seems to be quite alot of corporate apathy & ignorance when these machines are sold, given away, or set to scrap;
    The hard disk drives are not removed or sufficiently wiped. Your private health or insurance related information, as an example, can find itself in a foreign country.
    This can be a big concern where IT staff is non existant or very weak in this particular area of corporate IT security. Although this is not new, it presents an ongoing problem with both public and private corporate industries that doesn't seem to get the kind of attention it rightfully deserves.
    Something to think about the next time you go down to your local public photocopier to make copies or scan your data, or
    worse yet, to find yourself in an emergency room and having your chart coppied in preparation for a transfer to a psychiatric facility. This is just one example of a potentially embarrassing breach that shouldn't be happening.

    From The H: Stored images on photocopiers a security risk - Update

    From CBS News: Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
    In 2008, Sharp commissioned a survey on copier security that found 60 percent of Americans "don't know" that copiers store images on a hard drive. Sharp tried to warn consumers about the simple act of copying.

    "It's falling on deaf ears," McLaughlin said. "Or people don't feel it's important, or 'we'll take care of it later.'"

    All the major manufacturers told us they offer security or encryption packages on their products. One product from Sharp automatically erases an image from the hard drive. It costs $500.

    But evidence keeps piling up in warehouses that many businesses are unwilling to pay for such protection, and that the average American is completely unaware of the dangers posed by digital copiers.

    The day we visited the New Jersey warehouse, two shipping containers packed with used copiers were headed overseas - loaded with secrets on their way to unknown buyers in Argentina and Singapore.

    some more information:
    Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte:
    Security Now 245: Open VS Closed Security

    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    We don't allow users to purposely store files on the hard drives in our copiers, but I'm sure that all those big print jobs we send to the copier have to be cached at least temporarily...

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    Hey Clint, that is good information to know. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Nothing seems to be secure anymore. Payback for living in a digital society I guess.

    Here is a resource for checking out some of the information that is available on YOU:


    Consumer specialty reports
    Do A Total Background Check On Yourself
    By Ben Popken
    February 25, 2010

    Now you can know what Big Brother knows about you and get access to the same dirt everyone from your boss, landlord, insurance agent, to your favorite casino has on you. Here is a comprehensive list of websites and phone numbers for most of the "specialty" consumer reports, like your employment, rental, and check writing history. Be sure to check them out and correct any errors, before a crisis hits.

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