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The identity thief in your office

  1. Apr 19, 2010 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.identitytheft.com/article/are_photocopiers_a_risk [Broken]
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2010 #2
    I guess you should encrypt your files prior to photocopying them.

    Seriously, you should assume that anything you do on an electronic device including voice calls is being or could be monitored by anyone. Don't copy your tax returns at work. Don't print ransome notes at Kinkos. Don't phone the bank and tell them to have the money ready in ten minutes because you'll be coming by to rob it. In each case you could regret it.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2010 #3

    lisab

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    Wow, this is really surprising and scary!
     
  5. Apr 19, 2010 #4

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    Yeah, the copiers retain the files, everyone knows that, or should. People have been fired for things they copied or printed. I don't use the work printer for anything but work. Everything else is done on my home printer, from my home computer.

    I've actually found resumes being sent to competitors on work printers. :rofl:
     
  6. Apr 20, 2010 #5

    DaveC426913

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    I am a little confused by terminology here (in this discussion).

    A network printer is what one sends one's electronic files to.
    A photocopier is what one uses to make copies of original hardcopies.

    Until this point, I had always assumed a photocopier was, at least by default, a stand-alone device.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2010 #6

    Evo

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    Photocopiers can scan the image and keep a copy. Depends on how sophisticated the machine is.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2010 #7
    multifunction machines are the norm now, even for home copiers. in one machine, you typically get a scanner, printer, and sometimes fax machine. the "copier" is basically just printing the image the digital scanner sees.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2010 #8
    There are multifunctional photocopiers that are set up with an office network and they print, scan, photocopy, etc. They're full-sized photocopier-type machines.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2010 #9

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    Even regular large photocopies (the kinko type) have hard drives.
    It's the only way they can print multiple collated copies.

    Most makers claim that the drive is wiped after each job (it's the only way they can sell to government/military/financial) and in a busy copy place it would be overwritten by other work very quickly.
     
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