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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Security Advisory for your Printer

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This question is coming up more and more.

Can someone "Hack My Printer" to retrieve sensitive information?


We don't want to be Alarmist but the answer is YES they can.

Protecting yourself even through your printer is a wise decision. Here's what is accessible on most printers that store documents into memory or are connected through a Network with access shared with other work stations.


1. Out right document theft!
2. Snooping on network printer traffic
3. Print settings can be altered
4. Printer hacking and denial of service


Hackers can (and will) install malware to gain further access to your saved files and documents.

Here's the reason, we are bringing up this unpleasant topic. Recently, there has been quite a number of mergers and acquisitions in the Imaging Industry. We think you should know about the "Big One" that was approved recently.

Lexmark has been fully acquired by a Chinese firm called Apex Technology (a Government controlled enterprise).

Lexmark has been historically successful, in selling their printer equipment into our Government Agencies, Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, Banking Institutions, Schools, Universities and many Private Industries. With today's high risk factor and concerns on hacking being discussed throughout the news cycle, we wanted to bring this one fact to everyone's attention. (This may not concern some but for many an ounce of protection is certainly worth it)

Don't allow the Printer Manufacturer to automatically download any new "Firmware" (software) into your computer or Network under the premise of an "update". Review the printer settings and uncheck the auto update feature.

These updates will not make your printer work any better but could provide access to your computer or a company's network and also lock you out or limit your choices of supplies you may be using.

Currently, there is ongoing class action lawsuit filed against Hewlett Packard for intentionally locking out tens of thousands of customers using aftermarket supplies without providing any warning or asking permission. Some companies just want to control you and your equipment.

Stay tuned for our next article on Printer Security...

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Since 1999 we have been a major supplier of original brand (OEM), compatible replacement and remanufactured Premium Quality inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges and other printer supplies. Our customers range in size and include the United States Government, small and large businesses, schools and individuals. Each of our customers is equally important to us and is treated with the same friendly professionalism. Visit us at Price Less Inkjet Cartridge Co.