These days, printers are doing more than just printing pages. Most printers are not only connected to a single printer but to mobile phones, laptops and networks of computers in offices via a wireless network. With the increasing internet connection to one printer, the risk for hacking also enhanced. Hackers get a weak point in-network and get a chance to hack your all important information. Therefore, like other devices, it is essential to secure your home or office printer from a secured network. We also have 5 proven tricks to protect your printer against hijacking. Let’s discuss them:
Let’s Know How Printer is Hacked?
Hackers use a special program that scans and identify all possible computers with unprotected ports. Once they have detailed information about your system, it will be convenient for them to hack all personal and business data. Even they can hack your mobile information or other connected devices data. Then they can easily transfer money from your account or can use your identification for some illegal purpose. All this happens due to all systems being connected to a single port.
Invest in Secure Software
A firewall is a program or a group of programs designed to restrict commands from the unauthorised network. This designed program regularly takes the necessary steps to fix errors. Hence, all firewalls are designed to ensure devices and document security. But keeping them updating is essential. Because it is easier to hack an outdated version of any software. So, keep on updating the firmware running on your printer and other smart devices.
Use Only Protected Ports On Your Network
Restricting the ports is another way to keep hackers away from your devices. Therefore, always set up printers to those ports which are necessary. And eliminating the unprotected ports will show security attackers a backdoor. Some of the most common ports are 9100, 515 and 721-731 advised by Kaspersky lab. You can read the printer manual to get an idea for your desired port. As most manufacturers provide guidance for the best network that suit specific model in the printer user manual.
Use a VPN to protect your home’s network
Proxy network or say “virtual private network” enables you to secure private networks across the web. For example, if you are directly working through a private network, it will be easy to fetch all your confidential information via a printer. On the other side, using VPN serves you with many benefits, such as:
- You can easily hide your IP address. No one can reach you including your ISP or any potential hackers.
- VPN allows you to switch your present location and on internet traffic will be diverted from the globe.
- VPN also allows you to use public networks that secure your surfing on the web.
Attackers always take advantage of employees’ ignorance. Therefore, it is significant to educate your employees regarding internet safety and security. Some of the key considering are listed below:
- Always use a strong password.
- Identify weak network connections
- Do not use unauthorized source on the internet for collecting information
- Never share data or printer on personal devices, especially which are not protected.
Always Leave your printer disconnected
Most people ignore the importance of internet disconnection or printer after use. Therefore, after using the printer, they leave the printer and do not disconnect the internet connection. This provides a good reason for hackers to hack your printer and other devices. Hence, do not forget to disconnect the printer from wi-fi when it is not in use for a long tenure.
Hackers always know the best source to enter into your system and exploit the system. Therefore, it’s your responsibility that you should not give any reason to enter your network. Hence always use secured networks and never use the unauthentic product, even if it is a chipped printer cartridge. Read manufacturer guidelines and follow all security norms.