Copier Identity Theft Prevention
Identity theft continues to be a serious issue in the United States. People have been urged to shred old credit cards and other documentation containing sensitive information. What a lot of people do not consider, however, is copier identity theft. A copier’s hard drive is a mecca of personal information that can lead to disaster if it ends up in the wrong hands. It is important to keep a few tips in mind when it comes to using copy machines in order to safeguard yourself and your business against identity theft.
The IT specialists at your business should talk to the copier vendors to ensure that the security features on the machine have been enabled and are functioning properly. Network authentication and authorization are tools that allow administrators to restrict access to people by verifying network usernames as well as passwords in a network directory. Encryption is another security feature built into many multifunction copiers in order to protect sensitive data. Make sure to check for patch updates for your equipment and keep the security features updated by downloading these updates as they are available.
If your business is going to sell a copier, it is necessary to make sure your IT department can wipe the hard drive before it goes out the door, or that there is a guarantee of a full hard drive data destruction in place once the copier arrives to its destination. At Copiers Refurbished, we understand that data destruction is crucial when receiving used copiers. We perform data destruction on every copy machine we receive into our inventory; it is part of the receiving process, so it is done almost from the moment the machine arrives through the door.
Following these simple preventative measures will give you peace of mind knowing that your identity is well-protected and that the only person with access to your personal documents is you.