Is Your Wireless Printer Secure?

14 Oct 2016
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Today, it’s common for a business to have a wireless printer or multifunction device in the office. Wireless technology offers many benefits like the ability to share workloads using fewer physical resources, saving time and reducing per-page printing costs. Unfortunately, unprotected wireless devices pose an increased risk.

Wireless printers have drives that store copies of the data they receive. Hackers can access your company’s sensitive information through this hard drive or install malware if your device isn’t protected. Here are four ways you can protect your wireless printer:

  1.  Install a Firewall:  An extra layer of protection, a firewall will protect your network from attack. If hackers gain entry to your wireless device, the firewall will prevent them from having full network access.
  2.  Erase Your Drives:  Your printer has an internal hard drive. Erase if frequently; daily if possible. This way if the device is compromised the thief will get little or no information and move on.
  3.  Use Encryption Within Your Network:  Encryption protects data as it moves through your network. Strong encryption like SSL ensures that even if access is gained, the data will be undecipherable.
  4.  Limit Access at the Device:  Control your network. Make sure any device granted access is protected and secure. Do not allow unauthorized users access. Personal devices like smartphones can harbour malware or viruses unbeknownst to the user.

Wireless printers offer countless benefits. However, like any technology, it’s important to take the necessary steps to secure your device. Taking a proactive approach to security is a smart business decision that can protect your entire network.

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