Copy Machines – Threat to YOUR Identity?Copying machines are just pieces of metal, right? And, we love the new features such as scanning, faxing, direct e-mail, and digitizing our paper copies, right?I had NO idea just how dangerous they have become until I viewed this video.After viewing it, you’ll have an “Oh, S**t” moment.While many may scream – ‘you are giving identity thieves ideas’ – they are already all over this idea. What is really scary – how many ‘used’ copier machines are shipped overseas. Those nigerian lottery scams might stop because they will ‘hit the lottery’ in their own country with these machines!View this URL with the following video clip – this will give you chills up and down your spine!http://www.wimp.com/copymachines/If you do business with ANY entity which leases or purchases these advanced copier machines, ask them if they use the machines to copy any information that is private to you?**Medical or Health Provider offices (including hospitals!) – think HIPAA!**Human Resources offices with payroll information or Benefits information – think identity theft!**Government offices which processes business or private information – think personal information, as well as records that the public doesn’t normally see (hmmm…does the social security offices have these types of copiers?)**Banks – OMG! – with not only account numbers but user names, amounts, etc. – OMG!**Architectural Firms – like keys to the building if they know all the systems and how they were designed!etc……Forward this information to all your friends and acquaintances who work in offices where a copier might be in use for awareness!You can be doing all you can to keep your identity private, but once these machines get into the hands of folks who know how to download the software to read the documents in the hard drive’s memory, they will have access to thousands upon thousands of documents with all types of your private information on them!Because of this story, I have actually adjusted and added to a company employee handbook (policy guide) that instructs employees that 1) the company CAN figure out if they have been using a copier for personal use, and 2) anything the company copies on the machine will be deleted once the machine is sent back to the leasing company to protect their privacy as feasible.Be very afraid!Dawn BoyerLinkedIn connection invitations: Dawn.Boyer(at)me.comBlog: http://DawnBoyer.wordpress.comFollow me on Twitter: @Dawn_Boyer
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