Wireless Print Security – Securing Your Wireless Printer

In an age of fast technological and cyber advances and even faster cyber hackers, it’s not silly to be thinking about securing your wireless printer.

There are plenty of wireless printers on the market now but just as you need to secure your own personal wireless network, you should secure your wireless printer where possible.

A lot of times people won’t think twice about securing their printer but being ignorant of this could be fatal.

When connecting to a Wi-Fi network, you’ve likely seen a list of other networks within your area that are available to connect to. Some of these will have a keypad lock next to it indicating that you’ll need a password to connect to it, while others will be available for you to connect to without a password.

Always ensure your wireless printer is secured with password protection. Adding this varies depending on the printer and manufacturer but make sure you look at the user guide and check you’re doing all you can to secure your printer.

Even in the last couple of weeks a story went viral of someone pranking their neighbour who had purchased a new wireless printer yet left it unprotected. This allowed said neighbour to gain access and run with a joke of the printer becoming self-aware.

This may be a low-level breach of someone’s printer privacy but this is just one example of how easy it can be for someone to take advantage of a lack of security.

Combating Wireless Printing Security Threats

Here’s a few things you can do as a home-user to increase your printer security –

  • Password protection – As mentioned above, ensure your printer is password protected if it has wireless printing capabilities and the capabilities to secure it this way.
  • Install the latest software and drivers – A lot of manufacturers will continuously roll out software and driver updates to make sure they are combatting the latest security threats. Always make sure you’re up to date.
  • Setup a guest network – If you offer guests, clients or anyone else access to your wireless network then think about setting up a guest network solely for this purpose. This will mean that these people can access the web but not the main network or devices connected on the main network. If you need further information on doing this, speak with your internet provider.
  • Don’t connect your printer to a public hotspot! – Ensure your printer is connected to your own router, and some printers will allow you to restrict access to users who are solely connected to your home network. If you’re connected to a public Wi-Fi/hotspot, then anyone could potentially connect and breach the security of your printer.

Take a look at our post from a few months ago to find out more about general printer security and some of the measures manufacturers are now taking.

Joy for Schools in South Africa thanks to Canon ‘Room to Read’ Program

Thanks to Canon and Room to Read, schoolchildren in South Africa are being given a better quality of education

After joining forces with education charity ‘Room to Read’, leading innovator in imaging solutions, Canon, has helped supply over 3,300 books to 176 schools across South Africa. With the help of Room to Read, Canon hope that these children will develop strong literacy skills and enjoy a better overall quality of education.

After recognising the high volume of waste paper produced at trade shows, Canon decided to partner up with Room to Read in a bid to eradicate unused leftover paper, using its technology and integrated workflow to create books instead.

As an organisation, Canon is renowned for its commitment to sustainability, and believe that the Room to Read program ties in perfectly with its company ethos ‘Kyosei’, which encourages living and working together for the common good.

Director of Sustainability at Canon Europe, Stuart Poore, said, “We believe that programmes such as Room to Read have the power to make a positive impact on an individual’s life and we are proud to be involved.”

Heather Simpson, Room to Read’s Chief Program Officer, described the program as, ‘an inspired response to the lack of quality reading materials available for children in so many communities around the world’.

We think that the Room to Read program is a fantastic charity – and it’s wonderful to hear that Canon are on-board with it!

We look forward to hearing more about the Room to Read successes in the future.

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Kyocera Wins Award for Contribution to Environmental Protection

Once again, Kyocera’s commitment to environmental protection has been recognised after scooping yet another award from the Japanese Minister of the Environment.

Having now bestowed the same award for a record total of seven consecutive years, Kyocera are no strangers to a gong or two and look set to continue heading in the same direction.

Established in 1998 by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, this prestigious prize is presented every December to coincide with Global Warming Prevention Month. It’s a chance to identify the various individuals and groups that have achieved extraordinary things in the prevention of climate change.

This year, Kyocera were nominated by the local township, The Plant, who operate a wide range of environmental activities and ‘eco lessons’ to educate local school children about environmental issues.

But it isn’t just Japan where Kyocera’s efforts have been recognised. The likes of Mexico and San Diego have previously presented Kyocera with prizes, too, including the title of ‘Top Performer’ in the 2016 ‘PV Solar Module Reliability Scorecard.’

Kyocera are fast becoming one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly organisations, promoting various different ways in which we can help reduce environmental impact and make the world a greener place.

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Is it Better to Produce your Photos with Dye or Pigment Based Ink?

Photo prints to Dye for…or are Pigment inks the answer?

Taking the perfect photo is the first part of the equation when it comes to printing your images, but is it better to produce your images using a dye or pigment based ink?

What’s the difference between the two?

Dye inks consist of a soluble colourant, or dye, dissolved in liquid, while pigment inks consist of microscopic specks of solid colours which are suspended in liquid. A good analogy for the two would be salt vs sand:

If you put salt into water and mix it, it will dissolve and form part of the liquid – like a dye ink.

If you put sand into water and mix it, the sand won’t dissolve and will eventually settle – like a pigment ink.

So, why dye?

Dye inks are cheaper to produce than pigment ink so you’ll find that they are the most common inks used in entry level and mid-range photo printers. You’ll get great colour vibrancy as dye inks tend to offer brighter and more vivid colours than pigment inks – especially effective for colourful portraiture or landscape images. Dye also works with a range of photo papers with the best results coming on high gloss media – ideal for album photography.

What to watch

Dye inks can take time to dry and can smudge if handled and they are not as resistant to fading as pigment when put on display.

Why pick pigment?

Pigment ink is found in top-end photo printers, capable of high quality output onto a variety of media. It also has durable output as pigment inks don’t smudge and are lightfast- ideal for photos that will be on display. Pigment ink also gives consistent results with all finishes of media including gloss, matte, lustre or even fine art canvas. Also, having multiple black inks offer the best results for B&W photography.

What to watch

Can be less vibrant than Dye ink output and generally available only in the higher end and more expensive devices.

So, which do I choose?

Your choice is determined by both budget and intended usage.

Dye Ink Printers

Dye ink printers can produce some of the best photo quality prints and have a lower initial outlay cost than the pigment range of machines. If you print photos mainly for your own use or for sharing with friends and family, a lower cost A4 dye ink machine would be a good choice. If your photographs are colourful and vibrant, then a combination of dye ink and gloss paper can really bring out the best of your images.

Canon Pixma Pro 100S
A3+ Colour Inkjet Printer

Canon Pixma Pro 100S

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Pigment Ink Printers

Whether you are a professional photographer or a serious amateur, you will want a device that can produce the highest quality but also give your prints the best longevity possible by investing in a professional grade photo printer. With only one exception, our range of professional photo printers use pigment ink – their multiple colour system means that you get comparable quality to dye ink but with the added benefit of longer lasting prints that can be put on display and offer better shade gradations for your black and white photography.

Epson SureColor SC-P600
A3+ Colour Inkjet Printer

Epson SureColour SC-P600

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Empower Your Business and Make a Big Impression with OKI

With no product in its line-up more than three years old, OKI has refreshed pretty much the entirety of its colour printer range. From the entry 3 series to its colour A3 C8 series, no expense has been spared in improving and developing these OKI products. Offering greater functionality across the range, plus enhanced security features and accessible smart document management for all, these machines propose the ideal solution to all businesses looking to empower and make a big impression.
With the new OKI range, professional security features are readily available at no extra cost – and there are plenty to make use of, including Private Print. Private Print enables users to send encrypted data to their printer securely. Users must authenticate using either a card or a PIN of their choice and choose which document that they wish to print from the queue. Following this, the document is automatically deleted from the list, meanwhile the handy Wireless Direct feature permits a safe simultaneous wired and wireless ad-hoc connection.
Pretty savvy, right?
That’s not all though. With intelligent Shared Print technology, users can save and store important documents on a device for anyone to print without the need to authenticate these documents, too. This feature ensures access for all selected users and doesn’t delete the documents afterwards.
And of course, mobile printing facilities are available…
One of the easiest and most accessible printing features in the present day has got to be Mobile Printing, and sure enough, the new OKI range guarantees only the best mobile print facilities. The new range is compatible with both Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Plus, the MFP machines also come complete with USB direct print and scan at the front of the device.
So, are things simpler on the new range?
You bet. I’m sure that you’ll agree with me when I say that one of the most annoying things when it comes to technology is the inevitable confusion when setting things up. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that the new OKI range offers a streamlined, three clicks set-up procedure. Perfect!
And it doesn’t end there. Not only are these machines quick and easy to set up, maintenance is effortless, too. When troubleshooting or performing tasks such as changing toner cartridges, users can now input a problem code to the FAQ section of the revamped OKI Mobile Print app, which then directs the user to a short video that explains how to eradicate the problem.
OKI 5 Series
The 5 series is an entirely new product that incorporates a smart MFP and printer, which, according to OKI, makes it unique in the small workgroup segment. Users can expect 30 pages per minute print, copy and scanning speed and impressive 1200 x 1200dpi print resolution. On top of this, these models feature a contemporary 7” customisable colour touchscreen.
OKI 3 Series
With value for money guaranteed, OKI has maintained the same pricing for these models. Users can expect all the functionality required by a small team from Gigabit Ethernet & Wireless, to duplex print, copy and scan.
OKI 6 & 7 Series
For busy workgroups that print in high volumes, the OKI 6 & 7 series is pretty much ideal. Whether you’re keen to save on costs, or you want to produce effective marketing materials in-house, these models are here to help. With guaranteed enhanced connectivity such as Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless Direct, Google Cloud 2.0 and revised security features, these machines are seriously impressive.
OKI 8 Series
Boasting the smallest A3 colour printer currently available on the market, OKI pledge that this machine is ideal for retail environments where space may be limited. Users are able to produce leaflets, banners, brochures and shelf edge labels in-house. These models feature similar enhancements to the 6&7 Series, including refined security and connectivity.
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Happy printing!
The Printerbase Team