Hungry Hungry Hard Drives: What Do Copiers Remember?

Submitted by Tech Support on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 14:51
Many companies don't realize that their copiers--more specifically, their copiers' hard drives--are a huge security risk. Why is this? What do copiers remember? Today, we'll take a closer look--and what we find might surprise you. Those Pesky Hard Drives In general, copier hard drives are hardworking, diligent, and pretty darn innocent. They don't cause too much trouble, so we don't think about them very often--and most of the time, that's just fine. But the truth is that your copiers remember a lot more than you might realize. As it turns out, your hard drives do need a little bit of attention when it comes to security--and here's why. Big stuff Copiers remember every job you've ever done. They do have hungry, hungry hard drives! What this means is that your copier's hard drive stores all the data you copy (or print, scan, and fax, if you have a multifunction device) to make jobs easier on you. That's fine, as long as you have proper security measures in place. If not, you're in serious trouble should that data be stolen. Little stuff Remember the first time you used your modern copier--how fast, efficient, and powerful it seemed? That's because it was learning and remembering your preferences, like email addresses, contact numbers, mobile phone connections, and more. These are little details in the scheme of things, but it could still be devastating if this information were to fall into the wrong hands. Staying Safe So, now that you have all this scary information, what can you do with it? The most important thing is to stay on top of copier and printer security. These devices are often targeted first by hackers, specifically because many companies are too worried about networks and mobile devices to worry much about something like the copier. Don't fall into that trap. Remember to secure all your machines, destroy hard drives before they leave your company, and perform regular memory wipes to keep things secure. Are you looking for more information about hard drives? In the market for a new copier? Contact us today for all the help you need!