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Your office copier: A security risk?

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Before you sell, trade in or scrap your office copier, consider this: Copiers—especially the newer models—are in fact highly sophisticated computers that can be a security risk all on their own.

Copiers today contain their own (often unencrypted) hard drives. A copier with a 100-gigabyte hard drive can store at least 200,000 pages using common image compression.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that failure to properly secure data in your company’s copiers could lead to fraud and identity theft.

As with any other computer, when you get rid of your copier you should make sure to get rid of its hard drive as well.

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