Several Months ago there was a breaking news story from CNN about a breach of healthcare data and personal infomation on several hundred people in the New York City area.  Everybody just dismissed it as false or hype. Well, several months later it is still in the news and more personal info has been "stolen by copier thiefs."

Here is the bottom line...If you own a copying machine that is probably less than five years old, it has what we call a "hard drive" just like your computer. On that hard drive is virtually a copy of every single document you have ever copied. The hard drive saves a copy of all your documents and keeps them on this hard drive. When you get ready to upgrade or trade in your copier the hard drive goes to the copier dealer. The copier dealer then sells the "used machines" to a copier refurbishing company. This company then will refurbish the copiers for "used resaleable machines."  They will sell the hard drives to third party companys who in return take the hard drives (refurbish them) and steal confidetial data and use it to steal from you, your bank accounts, your credit cards, your company...

This is a true story and it is happening daily. So don't trade in that old machine without having the copier comapny remove your hard drive from the trade in machine and give it to you. If they say they can't, then YOU keep the machine and destroy it. The bottom line is... what is your private and company data worth to you..."a $300 trade in allowance on a new machine?"

I don't think so...

By the way here is the latest article for AARP on this news story...check it out!

http://aarp.us/theftbycopier

Have a great week and thanks for readding!

Terry Young

Owner

SRS Insurance Group

ty@southernriskservices.com

Ph: 1-877-222-UROK (8765)

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