in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

If you haven’t heard already, computer security experts in the US and UK (oh, and Sweden, too) are recommending to not use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) until they have a security fix put out.

Should you be worried?

That depends.

The issue at hand is basically this:

When going to an infected website, a “flash video” file has been reprogrammed to infect the visiting computer.

So, for some of you on a web-based EHR, you may have not option but to continue using IE.  If this is the case for you, then you should do one or both of the following:

  • Disable Adobe Flash
  • Do not visit any websites except those required for official business.

For those who are not tied to IE, the best solution is to switch to using either Firefox or Chrome (my preference is FF).

I expect MS will have an update out quickly.

In case anyone is wondering, this is one of the many reasons why our computer policy includes not allowing staff (including docs) to visit websites from practice computers that are not official business sites.


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