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Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Wireless Printer Secure

by | Jul 1, 2020 | MyTek Blog, Tip of the Week

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With all of the technology that you have in your office, you might think that your printer is the least of your concern when it comes to security. We’re here to tell you that you’re not actually correct and that you might be making a huge mistake. Unprotected printers can easily give hackers access. Because of this fact that isn’t very well known, we’re dedicating this week’s tip to helping you learn about your printer security solutions.

Understanding the Threats to Your Printer

Surprisingly, there are more than one ways that an unsecured printer can be compromised. First of all, physically speaking, anyone can snatch up a paper from your printer if it is not supervised. Beyond that, print jobs can be rerouted to another printer or manipulated, potentially disbursing your data to the wrong hands.

The data which is being stored on your printer can also be harvested and attackers have used printers to attack networks before, too. Are you printing over Wi-Fi? That leads to problems on its own. Even beyond all of this, most businesses rely on printers so finding a way around these threats is crucial.

Luckily, most of these challenges aren’t very complicated and can be addressed simply.

Practices for Printer Protection

Here are a few best practices to make sure that your own printing infrastructure is secure:

  • Keep your printers updated: Software updates should never be optional and it’s important to keep your printer as updated as possible. In order to take advantage of improvements made by the company, you must update your software.
  • Implement access controls: Don’t just let anybody onto your printer. Much like any of your other infrastructure, you should have access controls so only your team can use your printer.
  • Require MFA: To further secure your printer, you should use access controls that have multi-factor authentication.
  • Are there services available that you don’t use? Disable them. Never leave extra access points for your attacker.

Seem complicated? We promise it’s not. Let MyTek help you out with your printer security solutions today by giving us a call at 623-312-2440.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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