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Apple’s Siri: The only search engine you’ll need?

April 19, 2018

From Computerworld: The writing’s been on the wall for a very long time. Consumers are sick of being exposed to endless marketing. They don’t like their data being mined to provide advertisers and crafty political operators with tools they use to try to manipulate them. They’ve read the stories about Cambridge Analytica, and they are […]

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Mozilla releases anti-Facebook extension for Firefox to stop tracking

April 12, 2018

From Mashable: A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox users isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, making it more difficult to track users’ actions elsewhere on the web. The hope is that someone searching for and booking a trip wouldn’t then cause related ads to appear on your Facebook feed, for […]

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N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online

April 9, 2018

From NJ.com: Virtua Medical Group, a South Jersey firm with dozens of medical and surgical practices, has agreed to pay $417,816 to settle a complaint that it exposed medical records of more than 1,650 patients on the internet Source: N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online | NJ.com Another HIPAA fine. […]

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High Tech Reporting Needs its Muckrakers

April 2, 2018

From NRO: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook are the world’s five largest companies in terms of stock value. Together they have market capitalization of about 3 trillion dollars, about the net worth of the entire country of Switzerland. …Yet today’s Silicon Valley and related high-tech companies are largely exempt from such traditional regulations. […]

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Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you

March 26, 2018

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process Source: Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you Good to know. The article gets a bit geeky however once again it is creepy and frightening to see how […]

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Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

March 20, 2018

From Quora: You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that make you, well, you. All of that personal information should be private, but on Google it’s not. Source: Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google? – […]

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Health Care Stakeholders’ Interconnectivity Opens the Door to Cyberthreats

March 20, 2018

From WSJ: For some health systems and physicians, the quality of patient care is the top priority, while cybersecurity is near the bottom of that list. However, the cybersecurity of devices and systems that support health care delivery is closely tied to patient safety. For example, cardiac rhythmic devices might transfer protected health information (PHI) […]

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HIPAA Enforcement Highlights

March 15, 2018

From HHS.gov Since the compliance date of the Privacy Rule in April 2003, OCR has received over 173,426 HIPAA complaints and has initiated over 871 compliance reviews. We have resolved ninety-seven percent of these cases (168,780). …To date, OCR has settled or imposed a civil money penalty in 53 cases resulting in a total dollar […]

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Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical-Records Puzzle

March 13, 2018

From Bloomberg via ADA News: “At a time when health-care data is being generated from so many sources, too often that data runs into the hard walls of closed systems that hold patients, and their information, hostage,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, …“Patients ought to have control of their […]

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Local dentist talks about being hacked

March 5, 2018

This is disturbing: The dental office’s email was hacked. The messages vary– some requesting hundreds of dollars and other saying ‘click on this link’. Lovecchio says the emails use aggressive language. Source: Local dentist talks about being hacked The cyber criminals were posing as employees of the dentist and demanding payment for non existent bills. […]

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A data driven revolution in health care is coming

March 1, 2018

From The Economist: Future AIs could, for instance, provide automated medical diagnosis from a description of your symptoms, spot behavioural traits that suggest you are depressed or identify if you are at special risk of cardiac disease. …The more patient data are analysed in the cloud or shared with different firms, the greater the potential […]

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Hygienist Steals Patients, Leaves Dentist with Huge Legal Bills

February 26, 2018

This is on appeal but still hard to understand. Here’s the unbelievable part: the judge threw the case out, ruling that the patient list was not covered under the Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The judge was in effect saying that a doctor’s patient list is not protected information. (In a similar Pennsylvania case, the […]

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Embezzlement

February 22, 2018

From Wendy Askins – Orthotown: Three out of every five dentists will be the victim of embezzlement during their practice career. We don’t have current studies or statistics of incidences of theft specific to orthodontic offices, so I’ll share insight from personal investigation experiences: Most thieves are first-time offenders; less than 15 percent are serial embezzlers. The […]

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Is Your Website Secure with an SSL Certificate?

January 15, 2018

From my friends at TNT Dental: Does your website have an SSL certificate installed? Google has put in place big changes that could negatively impact your site – if you don’t act now. “Not Secure” warning messages are now being displayed by Google in search results, as well as natively in internet browsers (Chrome, Firefox, […]

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Meltdown and Spectre

January 8, 2018

From Ars Technica: The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, Source: Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it | Ars Technica The linked article has a great deal of detail if you are interested. The short version is […]

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Ransomware Defense Every Dental Practice Needs

December 11, 2017

From Dental Product Shopper: …according to this report, healthcare is the single most targeted industry because victims are most likely to pay ransoms. This is a disturbing revelation for a couple of reasons. On one hand, it indicates that healthcare businesses, dental practices included, have outdated or compromised security protections. In addition, and perhaps more egregiously, […]

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Disaster Recovery

November 21, 2017

Sometimes the power fails—therefore electric lights cannot be trusted and we should all stick to kerosene lanterns. Of course that is foolish, but it is the approach some people take to using computer technology. They are so afraid of a computer crash they use it as an excuse not to use technology at all. Sometimes […]

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Hybrid Dental Office Backup Service

November 16, 2017

From TechCentral: With ransomware on the rise and its special taste for healthcare, the risk of losing all practice data is becoming far more likely than it was even 2 years ago. Loss of patient records, financial and accounting information, payroll, and inventory data not only puts the security of confidential patient information at risk, but […]

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What You Should Know About the ‘KRACK’ WiFi Security Weakness

November 6, 2017

From Krebs on Security: As scary as this attack sounds, there are several mitigating factors at work here. First off, this is not an attack that can be pulled off remotely: An attacker would have to be within range of the wireless signal between your device and a nearby wireless access point. More importantly, most sensitive […]

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No More DIY Tech Support

November 6, 2017

IT has become as important to a dental office as a compressor and central vac. In other words you can’t do business without it. At one time dentists had to either understand technology well enough to do it yourself or trust their business to an IT start up that had little or no knowledge of […]

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