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Why Used Printer Ribbons Are a Threat to the Security of Your ID Card Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When creating new ID cards, most organizations are going to put at least a little bit of thought into ID card security features. The amount of thought will vary from site to site, of course: a gym printing membership cards won't be as security-conscious as a government office printing employee ID badges

No organization wants its cards to be easily counterfeited. That's why many of today's card security features exist: things like UV printing and holographic stamping are ways to ensure that forgers and scammers can't copy a badge for illegitimate purposes.

Learn more about today's most popular on-card security features.

Other card security products exist as well, including things like shielded badge holders and locking card cases. Card security is big business, and organizations go to great lengths to keep their cards protected.

But if you're printing ID cards on site, one of the bigger threats to your ID card program is probably sitting in your nearest trash barrel: used printer ribbons.

Stop throwing away sensitive card data

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Topics: ID card printers, id card security, ribbon shredder, counterfeiting

How to Quickly Add Security to Your ID Cards with Holographic Overlays

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to ID card security, many people take a pretty casual stance.

"Eh," they think. "It's not like I'm creating some top-secret government card or something. Why do I need security?"

While it's true that some industries require more security than others, any organization issuing ID credentials should take steps to protect those cards against counterfeiting.

The risks of not protecting certain kinds of credentials, like the aforementioned government cards, drivers' licenses, passports and bank cards, are pretty obvious: allowing those credentials to be counterfeited would be opening the door (literally) to some huge security risks.

However, even smaller, less strict organizations should be considering the harm that can come from a counterfeit credential:

  • If you're a small food market that issues loyalty cards to your best customers, how would they feel if anyone could duplicate the card and get the same discount?
  • If you're a high school that issues credentials that give students free entry to a local museum, what happens to your school's reputation if a non-student duplicates the card to get free entry, then causes trouble?
  • If you're a mid-sized organization that issues standard employee badges, how safe will your employees feel knowing anyone could copy their credentials?

From security, peace-of-mind and insurance perspectives, it makes sense to create secure ID cards. 

But if you're an organization that has already issued dozens of credentials, what are you supposed to do? Bite the bullet and reissue new cards to all employees?


You can use a holographic overlay, a product that provides anti-counterfeiting measures without having to issue new credentials.

Holographic overlays offer effective, visual ID card security

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Topics: ID cards, card security, holographic overlays, id card security

How Do Shielded Badge Holders Work? [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Identity and data theft are hot topics in today's security industry. News stories on credit card databases being hacked or malicious equipment being found at ATMs frequently pop up in the headlines.

Shielded badge holders were developed in response to threats from this kind of data theft, known as "skimming." Skimming basically refers to the practice of reading or copying data off of a card without authorization.

Some skimmers, like the ones installed at ATMs or gas pumps, require a user to swipe his or her card in order for the information on that card to be copied; that copied information can then be used by hackers or criminals.

Other skimmers, however, are contactless, and can glean information off of cards from several feet away.

Shielded badge holders are used for protection of the latter form of skimming, serving as a way to ensure that data written to smart cards doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

See the difference made by a shielded badge holder

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Topics: data security, shielded badge holders, badge holders, id card security

Product Spotlight: Locking Card Cases

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Locking card holders
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 706-LN, 706-LT1, OP-706 (required accessory)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "secure your ID card?"

Chances are it's one of two things:

  • Secure it to your person by using an accessory, like a badge reel or lanyard
  • Secure it to keep it safe from theft or tampering

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, but for the most part, the one that springs to your mind first has a lot to do with your line of work and what you're using your ID card to do. 

If you're working in a small office where your employee badge is an afterthought or a mere formality, you're more likely to lean toward the first choice.

However, if you're working in a government office, a high-tech firm or in any position that requires security clearance, you're far more likely to gravitate toward the second option.

It's a fact that eludes many people who use "common" ID cards, but for certain segments of the population, an ID card falling into the wrong hands could have catastrophic consequences.

For that reason, there are people who require a "secure" ID card solution that goes beyond just securing the card to the wearer.

Instead, those people need a solution that keeps the card itself secure, safe from prying eyes or mischievous hackers. For people like that, a simple badge holder isn't going to be good enough.

Lock it up...

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Topics: ID cards, government ID cards, product spotlight, government badge holders, id card security

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