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Never trust a photocopier

What you copy may remain in hard drive

May 20, 2013

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

Today's photocopiers do more than just reproduce information from one page to another.

They're computers. Photocopiers today can copy, print, scan, fax and email documents.

So when a piece of paper moves through a photocopier's digital machine, the information on the paper is stored on the hard drive. If business owners, including dentists, don't take steps to protect the data, it can be stolen from the hard drive through remote access or by extracting the information once the drive has been removed.

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a series of steps business owners can take to ensure their copiers are secure. The guidelines are especially pertinent to health care providers who may make copies of patient records or other documents that include patients' private health information.

To learn more about how to keep photocopiers secure, visit here.