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ID Card Security Features Available with Today’s ID Card Printers

Most businesses and enterprises printing ID Cards are concerned about security at some level. What do we mean when we talk about “ID Card security”? Card issuers primarily want to protect identification, proximity and smart cards from fraudulent use and counterfeiting. ID card security features and technologies are designed to discourage fraud and misuse of ID cards.

When a card is issued the issuer wants to ensure the card is used by the actual person to whom it is issued for the purposes it is issued. Issuers don’t want cards to be used by anyone other than the cardholder, or for unauthorized purposes. The consequences of misuse can be significant and costly. Security features help ensure that the person using the card is the cardholder and that the card is used for an intended purpose. This limits organizational risk and enhances operational and financial control.

10 Questions to Ask that Identify Your ID Card Needs

Okay, so you’re getting ready to buy an ID card printer, but you haven’t really thought much about what your ID card needs actually are, right? In fact, you don’t really even know where to begin. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. One thing we know for sure is that identifying your ID-card needs carefully and clearly really helps you make the right ID-card printer decision.

Today’s ID cards can be really basic (a photo and a couple of lines of information on one side) or quite sophisticated with data-storage and security features. Different ID-card printer models are designed for different needs, card volumes, applications and circumstances.

Shopping for the “Perfect” ID Card Printer

If your organization finally needs its own ID card printer, don’t wait around for someone else to tell you which ID Card Printer is the greatest. You may be in for a long wait – at least when it comes to what’s great for your particular card-printing requirements. Don’t worry though, you can do this on your own without much effort.

Truth is, there isn’t an ID card printer that’s perfect for everyone, and ID-card printer sales pitches can miss the mark– or be confusing – in some material respect, unless you well understand your card-related needs before you start shopping. Fortunately, there are enough ID card printers available that the right one is there to meet your organization’s specific requirements. You just need to know what you’re looking for.

Meet the New Magicard Enduro3E ID Card Printers

Magicard has just released a new version of its top-selling Enduro printer, the Enduro3E. The Enduro has been a trusted solution for organizations in need of a durable solution to print ID cards and badges. The new Enduro3E now includes Ethernet as standard and a 3-year warranty.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 7 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 7 ID Card Printer, a high-speed direct-to-card solution that affordably provides near photographic print quality and vivid colors. Designed for medium- to high-volume applications and/or instant card issuance this card printer is Zebra’s highest performance direct-to-card printer—and can simultaneously print, encode and laminate. It’s a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s high-volume card-production requirements with impressive easy-to-use results.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 3 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 3 ID Card Printer, a turnkey solution that affordably provides outstanding print quality and vivid colors. Designed for instant card issuance, this card printer is a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s basic card-production requirements with impressive easy-to-use results.

Zebra® ZXP SERIES 1 ID Card Printer — Printer of the Week

We like to provide organizations with great information that supports effective evaluation of our card-printing solutions. These product reviews help customers to better distinguish among the many card printers available today, and select just the right ID Card Printer for their needs and budgets. 

This week’s featured printer is the Zebra® ZXP SERIES 1 ID Card Printer, an entry-level solution that provides first-class print quality. Designed for low-volume applications and/or instant card issuance, this card printer is a rock-solid value and handles any organization’s basic card-production requirements with impressive results. 

Fargo® HDP5000 High Definition Printer/Encoder — Printer of the Week

To ensure you have key information to effectively evaluate card-printing solutions we often provide reviews of our ID card printers, which helps you distinguish among the many card printers available today, and select the right ID Card Printer for your needs today.

This week’s featured printer is the Fargo® HDP5000 High Definition Card Printer/Encoder, a powerful device that once again sets Fargo apart as the ID card industry leader. This is a printer we think our customers should be excited about.

The Importance Of Cleaning Your ID Badge Printer

Let’s face it: when working at the office, cleaning the ID card printer is not at the top of your priority list. In fact, most of the time the printers go without being cleaned which results in frequent functionality problems. Little does everyone know that cleaning ID card printers is crucial to extending the life of your printer as well as keeping it working at its optimum performance level.

Fargo® DTC1250e Direct to Card Printer — Printer of the Week

With so many card printers to choose from, it’s helpful to have some detail and perspective on how various models can best serve users’ needs. We like to feature our printers to ensure that customers get a chance to fairly evaluate the card-printing solution that works best for their circumstances. Goes Green with GreenChip Electronic Waste Solutions

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with GreenChip Electronic Waste Solutions, an industry leader in sustainable and responsible electronics recycling, to recycle ID Card Printers and help divert electronic waste from landfills.

Massive amounts of electronic waste, or e-waste are being generated at an alarming rate. E-waste currently represents 70% of America's overall toxic waste trash in landfills. Some materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, can be toxic and contaminate the environment.

ID Card Software — Why Users Need the Right Software to Produce Professional ID Badges

ID card software is the core component of your ID card program — it’s the engine that allows you to design your cards, customize elements, store and reuse or access cardholder data, and print personalized badges. It governs your flexibility and the system’s utility.

If you want to make the most of your ID Card/Badge system, selecting the right software is critical. You need to first understand available software choices and their features and functions. Second, carefully evaluate your organization’s ID needs. Then you can wisely select the software that allows you to meet those needs.

Cost-effective ribbon solutions

Choosing the right ribbon for your card printer can help you save a lot and increase your card production rate significantly. This is particularly true if you are printing your cards in color.

YMCKOK ribbons

Most card printer users purchase a standard YMCKO color ribbon to print their ID cards and badges and it does make sense for full color single-sided badges. However, if your card application requires color on the front and black on the back, a YMCKO-K ribbon is a lot more cost-efficient. This ribbon is specifically designed for dual-sided card printers and includes an extra Black panel that is used to personalize the back of your cards.  A typical application is an organization looking into printing employee badges with a photo ID, text, logo and background on the front and the company’s contact information in black on the back. Ranks #214 on the 2014 Inc. 500 list!

Inc. 500 has just published its 2014 list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States and we are very proud to announce that ranked #214. has earned the #214 position on the 2014 Inc. 500 list thanks to an astonishing three-year sales growth of 2,093%.

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on the list of Top Security Companies in America.
#16 on the list of Top Companies in New York.  
on the list of Top Companies in the New York City Metro Area. provides photo ID badge systems, software, and supplies to organizations of all major industries including corporate, education, government, healthcare, retail and events. Thousands of companies nationwide rely on to get durable, secure and affordable ID card solutions that will help them keep their employees, visitors and assets safe at all times.

Photo ID systems: Tailored Solutions for Wide Range of Industry Needs

The use of ID card systems in our modern, technology driven society is pervasive—so much so in fact that it’s hard to think of any large organization that doesn’t rely on IDs in some way, especially organizations that interact with the public or manage large numbers of individuals internally. The need to control access, monitor personnel movement and recognize authority is a big part of what enables highly complex systems of human interaction to function efficiently and securely. Businesses, institutions, healthcare facilities, schools and universities, and governments all use photo ID systems, but each user group has unique needs, depending on how they use ID badges and cards, the features and functions sought, the rate at which they must produce them, the environment within which they operate, and their internal system configurations. 
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