Category: Print Security

Why is printing securely so important, now more than ever

We’re all embracing digital technology within our businesses but that also increases potential cyber security risks. Businesses have really focused on being secure in their internal software however it is now widely recognised that your printing environment can be a vulnerability point for potential hackers. However, by working with the right print provider, they should be able to mitigate any risk within your print fleet and ensure that you are secure. So, you need to consider the following potential risks: If firmware is not regularly updated and if access credentials are easily compromised, then your business is susceptible to hackers. If you have multiple printing and mobile devices, there is a potential that data can be lost. This can mean read more...

6 Things You Should Know About Cybercrime

Cyber crime is not something that is new, however, the risk to our personal and business data has increased significantly, particularly as we are more on-line, purchasing, surfing and performing our work duties. So, with cyber-attacks on the increase, what should you be aware of in your business? 5.4 million small businesses are attacked each year collectively 7 million times a year? £5.26bn is the cost to the UK economy which is staggering. This figure comes from the Federation of Small businesses and yet whilst 93% of small businesses have some kind of cyber security in place, nearly 66% have been a victim of cybercrime. Those that have been attacked have been so 4 times on average. “Whaling! The biggest read more...

Printer Security Features your Business Must Have

Printer security is a topic that Mode takes seriously, and we blog often on this importance of protecting your equipment. Since we began 25 years ago, printers have become more and more sophisticated in what they can do. They print, scan, email, copy, and whilst businesses have really engaged with their IT security to prevent hacking, the printer is so often overlooked. Printer security software really needs to be used to secure your print environment and become part of your overall security plan. So, Mode offers you 7 top tips to ensure your printer security is up to scratch! Follow me printing Follow me printing should be implemented within your business. It means that print outs are never printed until read more...

Printing at home: How to be secure with home printing

As we all find ourselves working from home, we have been removed from our office environments and the IT security that that provides us. Whilst your IT provider should ensure that you can access your systems in the office securely, probably through VPN, you will also probably have a need to print documents at home. You may need to proofread something and find that easier as a printed document or need to print a contract to sign and scan back. Either way, our homes have now become our offices, and we will be using our printers. Therefore, how can we now all print securely in our homes without the threat of having our valuable Business data stolen by hackers? So, read more...

Advice For Securely Printing Confidential Documents

Why you need secure printing Most businesses work with confidential information. This can include employees’ tax information, salary and insurance details, medical information, legal documentation. You might also be dealing with confidential customer information, subject to the nature of your business. This can be anything from payment information and credit card numbers to home addresses – all of which is potentially valuable information for an identity thief! The responsibility lies with the business establishment and employer to keep all such information secure. Fully understanding the risk empowers businesses to tackle print security successfully. Printers need to be included as part of the risk assessment a company takes, much in the same way as servers, smart devices and cloud storage and read more...

Under the radar: The security risks of your printer

Printers are so often overlooked as a data security risk and yet hackers are capable of intercepting data from your printers once we send that information to print. Not securing your printing environment can have a detrimental effect on your business as potential vulnerabilities in your networked printers, hard drives and actually human error, can mean your business valuable data could potentially be stolen. Security risks include: Access to your printer area by unauthorised individuals: Someone can walk over to your printer, pick up documents that are left which may contain confidential information. Configuration changes by unauthorised individuals: If a hacker can access your printer then your configuration can be changed, allowing rerouting of print jobs. Printers being used as read more...

Need to secure your data? Follow Me Printing is what your business needs.

Your business data needs to be secure from any potential hacking. Follow Me printing can help your business achieve this. Also, in the modern workplace, Companies are now looking for mobility for employees and integration of technology now used in day to day life, follow me printing is ideal for this. It enables employees to remotely print securely on the company network using either corporate or personal mobile devices. It also allows you as a company owner or director to monitor and control how each user prints. Whether you have a legal department in house, or work for a private company where you would like to ensure that your company accounts are kept confidential, secure printing is an essential way read more...

Protecting the Hard-drive of your Printer is Essential in your Business Security

Mode works with many clients where security of their data and intellectual property is essential. Hackers will find any weak spot in your systems to infiltrate and disrupt your business and your photocopiers and printers contain valuable information that could be used. However, so often these devices are not considered in Companies security plans. But Mode has developed a 4 action points you need to consider: Overwriting your hard drive Yes, photocopiers contain hard drives and every time you print or scan, that data is being held in the device. If you have an old printer that you are disposing of, then it is essential that you have that hard drive over written. If you have a print provider, they read more...

Network Security: The Dangers and What You Can Do to Secure your Business

  So, the new year really has kicked off with a bang with the news that Travelex has been hacked and being held to ransom by cyber hackers. The hackers struck on New Years eve, and they are demanding cash to allow Travelex access to its computer systems. If they do not comply, the threat is to release 5GB of customers’ personal data-including social security numbers, dates of birth, plus credit card details. The hackers have said if they receive payment then they will delete the data and restore their entire network. The other issue Travelex have, is that they failed to report the breach to the ICO, which is a requirement under the GDPR law, and this could cost read more...