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I thought it important to give this heads-up.

silneldor
Half-elven


Jan 16 2013, 1:36am

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I thought it important to give this heads-up. Can't Post

Mrs. sil was on Facebook (with old high school friends) and ran across a really alarming thing concerning printers just now. Did you know all printers have a hard drive and stores permanently documents and everything else?

There was a CBS special report that there are warehouses full of used copiers with their hard drives intact (containing a vast amount of personal information concerning US ALL, SS#'s and more.

At the end was this really troubling fact. It was stated that these copiers (being sold for 300. apiece) were going to be shipped to Argentina and Singapore . Is this a major reason why ID theft in this country is becoming so ramped?

Mrs. sil said you can google - 'Never trust a photo copier' (u-tube) to listen in on more of this.















squire
Valinor


Jan 16 2013, 5:26am

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Don't panic! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's still excellent advice. Copier hard drives have limited space and overwrite older files constantly. The biggest security flaw is that when the disks are erased on transfer to a new owner or user, the data cannot be accessed by the motherboard any longer, but the image of the data remains on the disk until it's overwritten and so is technically recoverable with the proper equipment.

I can't remember the last time I had any personal information of mine photocopied at a commercial shop. The idea that it is still sitting, faintly alive, next to several thousand images of random letters, homework, and magazine articles on some machine's disk in a cargo container bound for a bold offshore enterprise run by Dr. Evil, is not keeping me awake at nights.

If identity theft is "increasing" in some meaningful way, the reason is almost certainly the fact that we do all our personal business on the internet these days.



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Moahunter
Rohan


Jan 16 2013, 5:32am

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I think this only applies to commercial digital photocopiers. [In reply to] Can't Post

The kind of domestic copier/scanner/printer you are likely to have at home will not have a hard drive.

 
 

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