One small step for man, one giant leap for privacy!

“To err is human”… a pretty obvious statement. So if we all know we are going to make mistakes, why not add an extra level of security to mitigate the effects of the mistake? I am sure we have all been in the predicament of sending John C. an email, but when we clicked on our contacts list we accidentally sent it to John B. I have conversations constantly with clients and friends about encrypting their email to protect themselves and often get the same set of questions… “Isn’t that e ...

Why Physicians should never use public Wi-Fi

We all enjoy the convenience of being somewhere, like a coffee shop, airport, hotel room, or lobby of a building waiting, and hopping on the free Wi-Fi to catch up on some work. Unfortunately, all healthcare workers should avoid free Wi-Fi at all costs.  It is very important to realize that if you can access the free Wi-Fi, so can anyone else. They can even leave devices behind that stay on the Wi-Fi, breach other systems and transmit the data back to their "home" base.  If you share a local Wi-Fi net ...

The IoT, Little “Things” with Big Implications

You may have experienced the first coordinated cyber attack using “Internet of Things”, IoT. I bet you are wondering how did it affect me? How did it happen?  Did you notice on October 21st that Facebook and LinkedIn were not available?  Maybe you noticed that Amazon couldn’t take your order, and email was really slow? This was the result of a DDoS attack, Distributed Denial of Service, which have been going on for years, but this one was different. Typically, DDoS attacks are the result of ...

Focus on Technology: HIPAA Quick Fixes

While meeting all the HIPAA requirements for your technology (computer, network, etc.) requires some planning, there are some quick fixes that can greatly reduce the odds of your organization being breached while at the same time starting you on your path to compliance. Below are some common issues that we see at all sizes of organizations. How you go about correcting some of them is determined by the size and resources of your organization. Quick Fix #1 Issue: The operating system (i.e. Windows) on ...

Focus on Technology: Windows 10 shortcuts

If you're like me, sometimes you're a slow learner or you just like things the way they were. Why change a good thing, right?  Windows 10 has some nice new features, but I thought Windows 7 was simple and easy to use, plus I know it.  Here are some tips on how to navigate Windows 10 a little easier.  Hope they help. Right Mouse Click on Windows (Start) Icon This will pop-up a list of applications like on Windows 7. Windows Key - Alt - Esc Toggle through all open windows (applications) ...

Focus on Technology: $77 Billion Hard Drive (in 1960)

It's still summer and I was trying to find a good Focus on Technology topic for this blog. Well, no such luck.  I didn't really find anything that peaked my interest and I thought something a littler lighter to wrap up summer would be nice vs yet another boring tech blog. You might be thinking NO ONE would ever buy a $77 Billion hard drive.  Correct you are. This blog post is about the current capacity of hard drives and what they would have cost in 1960.  An eight terabyte hard drive was recentl ...

Focus on Technology: Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense

Windows 10 has a feature called Wi-Fi Sense, which will automatically share your Wi-Fi connection with other electronic equipment.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  No more writing down or repeating SIDs and passwords to let people access your secure, private wireless network.  Well, I consider this a bad idea for business.  This is a simple cyber-security issue to consider.  I would encourage you to consider turning the feature off to be more secure vs more convenient.  Letting people access your wireless ...

Focus on Security: Printer Security

We all know we need to improve our computer and network security.  But we often forget that printers are now smart and connected.  Basically, they're another computer on the network. Therefore, we all need to take notice and insure we improve security on our printers.  The exact steps will vary depending on the brand, size, complexity, connection type and features of each printer.  But, below are several steps you can take to get started. Network - secure it Make sure you have a strong password on ...

Focus on Security: It’s going to take more resources

No one wants to spend money for something they don't want or need.  Many companies, including the healthcare industry, try to squeeze IT when it comes to the budget.  But what most CFO's and executives that control the IT budget need to understand is, they have become a digital business, at least in the back office. Everything is now done on the computer.  Therefore, there must be an increase in resources to keep the computers up-to-date, secure and operating at acceptable levels. With cyber criminals ...

Anti-virus products, security devices affected by 7-Zip vulnerability

Two vulnerabilities have been uncovered by researchers in a open-source Windows utility called 7-Zip. This program provides compression and archiving tools for files. While many of our readers may not know what, or who, 7-Zip is, it is likely that other products that you do use or know about rely on 7-Zip in their programs. Some of the vendors that have 7-Zip integrated include FireEye, Malwarebytes, and Comodo. This means whether you use 7-Zip directly or not, you may be vulnerable. Cisco Talos re ...

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