Wednesday, March 14, 2007

FilipinOnline NEWS:

I.D. Thieves Can Access Your Personal Data Through Copy Machines

Mag-ingat sa pag-gamit ng photocopiers (or as we Philippine-born and -bred Pinoys might call it, "xerox-an").

The ubiquitous office equipment is now a target for identity thieves.

Most digital copiers retain the data being scanned, which allows others to gain access to that information. Some manufacturers are installing security features to offer more protection but this could take time.

So for now, experts suggest using copy shops with secure machines, and to ask if they are secure before making copies of documents with personal information, such as your tax return.

For more information on identity theft, how to protect yourself and what to do if you become a victim, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at

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