When most people think about hackers and protecting their equipment, they think about their desktops, laptops and servers, while overlooking other equipment that we have in our office or home work space. But what about your printer? Just like your computers and servers, printers are also an entry point that a cyber criminal can use to access your systems. Your business may have cyber security protections in place for your computer infrastructure, but are you securing the rest of your network, including your printers?
Here are 3 tips to protect your printer:
1. Update your printer’s operating system
It’s important to update your printers so that any software updates or patches are applied. This makes it more difficult for a cyber criminal to get into your account. Printer manufacturers regularly release software support or updates, so keep an eye out for those. You should also change the default password when you set up your printer. Most networked printers can be accessed remotely with a password, so by changing the default password to something more complex, you are adding an extra layer of security.
2. Set up a firewall
You can restrict printer access by applying security protections. One protection you should include is a firewall. This will block threats from outside your company network. Another simple way to protect your business, is to unplug your printer from your network. If the printer is not connected to your network, then there is no way a hacker can access it remotely.
3. Wipe the drives
Your printer/scanner stores your company’s documents, faxes, files, images, etc. that are going to be, or have been printed. Ensure that you wipe the drives to remove all confidential data, or your business may get into some legal trouble. Also, use an encrypted network when printing sensitive information. When you use an encrypted network the print job can’t be stopped or interrupted because your information is converted into a code that can’t be easily broken by a cyber criminal.
Printers have poor network security measures, which make them susceptible to cyber attacks. That’s why it’s important for your business to take the necessary precautions to protect your systems. These 3 tips will help secure your printer from viruses and attacks. If you’re concerned about your printer security, we are happy to help. Give us a call at (416) 966-3306 or email [email protected]