Thursday, June 3, 2010

Home Computer Printers - Is Yours a Security Risk?

"Have you copied any sensitive documents lately? There's every possibility that those documents still exist on the hard drive inside the copier you used. A CBS News team bought up some used copiers; they reported all kinds of personal data stored within. The Federal Trade Commission has verified that this is a real problem.

Many enterprise-level network printers use internal hard drives to store and prioritize print jobs. Some offer PIN printing--a security feature that lets users send a print job to the printer but postpone the actual printing until they physically enter a PIN code at the printer. This feature is intended to prevent casual viewing of printed documents. Ironically it can also mean that a copy of that same sensitive document remains exposed on the printer's hard drive.

What about home copiers and all-in-one printers? Are they also vulnerability to this kind of security breach? If you sell or give away an old printer, are you giving away the tax returns and personal letters you printed? I went to Kevin Brown, Delivery Manager of Custom Testing at ICSA Labs, for some answers."
Read the rest of the article in "Is Your Home Printer a Security Risk?", Security Watch PC Magazine, May 21, 2010.

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