Easy is Usually Not Secure

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I’m really going to talk about Dropbox and the recent security issue they had, but before that I want to illustrate something. When I speak with medical offices about reducing the risk of a PHI breach I generally hear lots of frustration on the other side. I get it. Let’s look at this from a Read More

IE Browser Security Update

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If you haven’t heard, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) browser has a serious security flaw. There is a normal monthly update that occurs, but due to the importance of this update, Microsoft is pushing out an update to IE today. If you have automatic updates turned on, the update will occur…automatically. Otherwise, be sure to run Read More

IE Browser Security Alert

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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 Read More

Good Intentions Are Not the Point

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Let’s face it, all the good intentions in the world don’t matter if you are breaking the law. Over the last few years, I’ve done hundreds of risk assessments at private medical practices. During our process I try to make it clear that I am not doing this to “beat you up”…really I’ not. BUT Read More

To Shred or Not to Shred

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This isn’t really the question…the question is: Should you shred or use a shredding service? Some of this depends on how big your practice is, but I’ll break it down to this rule of thumb: You should have a shredder next to each photocopier in your practice.  If this become cost prohibitive, then check out Read More