Printer Security: Is Printing Really Secure?

Data security is a crucial concern. With each passing day, we depend more on technology. This dependence, unfortunately, leaves us open to several threats. Oftentimes we focus on these threats on our laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets. However, printers are equally as susceptible to attacks as these other devices. In February 2017, for instance, a hacker decided to send a strong message to several global businesses. He hacked into over 150,000 printers that had been left connected to internet networks. The attack made it very clear that the external hardware device we use the most can be the weakest link in our computer networks.

Attacks on printers aren’t limited to hackers. Printers are also susceptible to attacks from malicious employees. If the printer isn’t properly secured, the employee can easily access the data on it and use it for ill intentions. If a hacker gets access to a printer, however, a myriad of problems can arise. Chief amongst these issues is the hacker’s ability to use the printer as a point of entry to all other devices in the office. That’s something you definitely don’t want.

The Fuji Xerox [email protected] printer was specifically designed to protect users from computer hackers. The printer does this in 3 ways.

Password Access
No one is able to print from a Fuji Xerox [email protected] without a password. Consequently, its data is encrypted and less difficult to hack.

Cloud Storage
Data on the printer is transmitted to an internet cloud over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted connection. This encrypted connection uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). You can, therefore, be certain that the data is stored in a truly secure location.

On-Demand Printing
If you’re using several printers, they can be grouped together. Printing will only begin after authentication. The authenticator will select the most convenient printer from which to collect the hard copy. This feature adds an extra level of protection.

Additional Data Protection Options
Acquiring firmware is additional protection that your printer will truly need. Firmware is deeply ingrained into a printer’s hardware. Like your computer’s antivirus, your printer’s firmware should be regularly updated.

A strategy that can be used to avoid the pesky eyes of malicious employees is manual feed. The manual feed feature requires the person authorizing the printing to be beside the printer before printing begins. Therefore, the document(s) aren’t left out in the open for anyone to see.

You’ve worked hard to build your business. All of your hard work can crumble if the data you use passes into the wrong hands. Utilize the strategies outlined in this article to make your printer(s) secure.

Btcopys supplies Fuji Xerox copier machine for offices and corporates in Singapore. For a quick quote, click this link to get in touch with us.

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