Password Hacks

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Thanks to the recent issue of cell phone voice mail hacking, we get to talk some more about password strength. The Wall Street Journal just had an article about cell phone hacks. You can see a previous article written on password buffoonery here. What is interesting to note with voice mail is typically they are Read More

One eMail is Not Enough

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Remember that TV show Eight is Enough? Ah those were the days. Life was simple; there were only 3 TV channels. The internet…wasn’t. The Atari 2600 might have existed at this point, I really don’t remember.  Pong was definitely around. Today things are drastically different With the government pushing medical practices to go electronic, there Read More

Yet Another Lost

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Laptop. Lost?  Stolen? Does it matter? No. Hurley Medical Center in Flint Michigan can’t find a laptop that had upwards of 2,000 patients on it. “The medical center has a policy that laptops must be password protected and have a tracking device…” Quick reminder – password protection doesn’t mean squat. You must encrypt! I am Read More

Voicemail Hacking

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Some big news being talked about right now is how a UK newspaper hacked into the voice mail of certain people and gained slimy news from this access. How the heck does this happen? It is actually quite easy…unfortunately. Typically, when one checks voice mail from the cell phone they either don’t need to input Read More

A Different Kind of Breach

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We are going to see over the next few years that, any time PHI is made available to someone other than the patient, it will be considered a breach. A perfect example if given to us by the BCBS of Florida as they accidentally sent some 3,500 monthly explanation of benefits statements out.  The problem Read More