The Safer Xerox Default Password

Everyone knows the default password for their Xerox black and white or color MFP– it’s 1111. At least, that’s what it used to be before a recent update that removed the default password. Here is what you need to know about the new Xerox password for your copier or printer.

There is some speculation as to why the change was made. And most of it is credited to a new California state law, SB-327, which was passed. This law requires manufacturers of devices that connect to the internet to have “reasonable” security. Those manufacturers who don’t meet those standards will have to deal with enforcement by the California Attorney General. 

But how does this law affect manufacturers outside of California? If a manufacturer wants to adhere to this Californian law, it’s doubtful they will only do so for products that ship to the state. Instead, it’s much easier to implement the same security feature on all products regardless of shipping state. 

This is the main reason why you cannot buy a Xerox machine with the “1111” default pass. Instead, the default password is now the serial number that you can find on your copiers. This makes it at least slightly more secure than a simple “1111”. It’s not only alphanumeric but also unique to your device. 

However, if you do not feel that is enough, you can easily change the administration password to something more personal. Whatever password you choose, be sure to memorize it or write it down in a secure place. If you forget the password, you cannot reset it without calling a service technician.