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January, 2011

Approximately 30% of print jobs are never retrieved by the person who printed them. Talk about a waste of paper and toner, not to mention possible security issues. Think about how many times you walk past a printer and see stacks of printouts sitting in the output tray or on top of the machine

I remember back when people printed banner pages and I would see the same person’s name all over the printer. Sometimes people hit the print button, get distracted and forget they printed something. It’s even worse if they wind up printing it again minutes or hours later.

What about the problem of printing confidential documents and leaving them in the output tray? Read More

An Inside Job

By Peter Davey

Where do you focus your security? Most businesses have a combination of firewalls, intrusion detection and other systems that are trying to keep the bad guys out. According to the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Report a large majority of data breaches are caused by people already on the inside. 48% occur as a result of employees stealing confidential information. Some do it themselves, but many are in league with organized crime or other outsiders. A look at the recent issues with WikiLeaks and the US government is a great example.

There are also a growing number of incidents where employees unintentionally lose information. Someone may accidentally email a document to the wrong person. An employee may copy confidential files onto a USB drive and lose it. Or perhaps someone left a confidential document at a printer. Read More

A lot of people talk about reducing the use of paper when printing. If you print duplex, you save at least one piece of paper. If your printer automatically removes blank pages, you save more. But did you ever think about what it takes to create a single sheet of paper?

According to the Water Footprint Network, about 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water is used to create one A4 sheet of paper. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average office worker in the US uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year, which translates into using 26,000 gallons of water in printing and copying. Read More