Are photocopiers the newest threat to identity theft?  Newer models of photocopiers have been equipped with hard drives to record what’s been duplicated and may make confidential information easily available to criminals.

Think of the all the highly confidential information that could be contained on a photocopier hard drive.  Social Security numbers, employer identification numbers, bank accounts, employee and client lists, passwords and other information is routinely placed on a copier without so much as a second thought.  Unless security provisions are in place, data is stored unencrypted and remains there until the drive is full and new data overwrites old.

Sharp, a major copier maker, commissioned a survey that found 55% of Americans plan to photocopy or print out copies of their tax returns and supporting documents this year. And almost half of that number will do so outside the home, using copiers and intelligent printers at their offices or public machines at libraries and copy centers.

Sharp’s survey also indicated that 54% of those polled had no clue that digital photocopiers store an image of what’s duplicated and that a majority believed running off returns on copiers or printers is a safe practice. When told of the security threat posed by unsecured hardware, however, two-thirds of the people surveyed said they were less likely to copy their financial information on a public digital photocopier.

For more information on how to protect your Dallas or Texas based company from identity theft of copied documents, or to request a forensic analysis of potentially sensitive information, contact The Wolfe Group today.

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