There is nothing secure about fax. Even from an analog 1970's fax machine to another 1970's fax machine over what you assume are analog lines on each end, is now (2020's) converted and transported over digital systems without end to end encryption. Arcane? Certainly. Secure? Not inherently. The biggest liability is the pile of papers (or incoming digital systems, emails, etc.. ) and humans involved on the other end. Yet facsimile/fax is commonly used for very private health and financial information.
There is nothing magically HIPAA compliant about fax. Nada. See above. Humans and systems on each end may handle faxes (usually digitized) in compliance with HIPAA guidelines. Faxerthal.com attempts to handle your documents as securely as possible and provides control over permanent deletion of them from our systems.
Myth: A samurai could have faxed Abraham Lincoln:
- The samurai were officially abolished as a caste in Japanese society during the Meiji Restoration in 1867
- The first ever fax machine, the "printing telegraph", was invented in 1843
Technically fax existed, but was very crude. Per Wikipedia:
Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical fax type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. He received British patent 9745 on May 27, 1843 for his "Electric Printing Telegraph". Frederick Bakewell made several improvements on Bain's design and demonstrated a telefax machine. The Pantelegraph was invented by the Italian physicist Giovanni Caselli. He introduced the first commercial telefax service between Paris and Lyon in 1865, some 11 years before the invention of the telephone.
- And Abraham Lincoln was famously assassinated at Ford's Theater in 1865
- Which means There was a 22 year window in which a samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham Lincoln.
Probably actually possible for about a year, but you get the point: Fax is ANCIENT!
Factoid:: Early fax technology was mostly used for sending illustrations and photographs for newspaper uses across the country by radio. Actual text was sent using morse code signalling across the same or adjacent radio frequencies. As long distance telegraph lines became more common, the technology was modified to work on telegraph, and then phone lines.