Never Trust A Copier.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Comments (34)

Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

SCARY!  So glad you shared this--I had NO earthly idea!  And, I wonder how many sexual prints they find on those hard drives too!  :-)

Jan 08, 2013 10:10 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow Greg.  I am definitely in that 60% who did not know!  So, what can we do now?  Nobody knows how many copiers out there have some of our personal information stored!

Jan 08, 2013 05:58 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Greg,

This is appalling and even scarier that our personal information can show up anywhere. Watching them load copiers headed for overseas is just awful and no doubt someone's identity will be compromised.

Jan 09, 2013 12:03 AM
Randy Bocook
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Richmond Hill, GA
Selling Coastal Georgia

WHAT!!  that is scary!!   I never knew that happens.


Jan 09, 2013 12:15 AM
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Wow!  And think about the number of brokerages that lease their copiers.  We have a duty to keep our clients' information confidential.  Yikes!

Jan 09, 2013 12:52 AM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

It is scary! Our broker sold her very old copier. We actually checked for a hard drive before selling it! I own a commercial printer myself. I'll be wiping the hard drive before I sell it. Guaranteed!

Jan 09, 2013 01:37 AM
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hi Greg, this is shocking. I read this on the reblog from Kristin Hamilton and wanted to stop by and let you know that I cannot believe that this is going on. Hoping that the countrys that try to do the email fraud does not get a whiff of this kind of crime. I am going to re-blog this, thanks for sharing.

Jan 09, 2013 08:25 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Greg, there should be no way we don't already know this. It's unbelieveable. What about wireless printers? Could someone be grabbing the info out of the air if they're in a van out in the parking lot? Plus, like Bill said in comment #1, how many office party's and now a scandal?

Jan 12, 2013 07:00 AM
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation
This does seem to make a document shredder useless. What an eye opener. We can at least make sure our own offices know about this and clean up any machines before they are traded or sold.
Jan 12, 2013 10:58 PM
Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

I just leased a new copier, the old one will be picked soon. Can I take the hard drvie out myself, I wonder?

Jan 13, 2013 01:21 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey Greg!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Enyoy the rest of your weekend.

Jan 13, 2013 01:56 AM
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Amazing... I am in that 60% that didn't realize that copiers stored documents long term on a hard drive. Thanks for the share. I posted a link to the YouTube video on Facebook to spread the word and will reblog this article as well. 

Jan 13, 2013 02:01 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Greg, great video.  It's "Big Brother" again....  I confess that I didn't know that large copiers had hard drives.  Your video should go viral.

Jan 13, 2013 03:50 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I saw that a few years ago, and then . . . decided best to scan and attach, in a PDF.  But, what's "safe" anymore?  Good reminder Greg!

Jan 13, 2013 06:34 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Greg, even files on our PCs that we have deleted to the trash bin can still remain on a hard drive, so I can't say I'm totally surprised, but this is disturbing news. Imagine if people are using public copy machines they are compromising their private information since it is stored on hard drives that could be retrieved later. wow.

Jan 13, 2013 07:19 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Crazy info...but definitely not something too far fetched....makes sense if you think about it, but precautions need to abound.

Jan 13, 2013 10:16 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Yes, I've warned several agents in my office that the copiers store all data scanned, copied or faxed through. It's a good idea to think about that before using machines over which you have no control. 

Jan 13, 2013 11:35 AM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Makes you wonder about Kinko's, Fedex and other places...

Jan 13, 2013 12:30 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Now if you could just post instructions on how to remove, download and erase a copier's hard drive.

Jan 13, 2013 02:03 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Greg:  I had no idea whatsoever that copiers actually had a hard drive that kept a record of all images, copies, etc that went through it.  Wow... what a revelation.  Honestly, I doubt if very many agents are aware.  Surprise !

Jan 13, 2013 02:15 PM