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Phishing

September 12, 2017

Some phishing tips from Ted Takahashi at T2 Consulting: These scams work by tricking you into clicking a link or attachment that either infects your computer with malware or takes you to a page that looks legit, but isn’t, and illegally steals your private information. Phishing scams and Ransomware are widespread and getting worse. Phishme […]

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DentalCareLinks

September 11, 2017

Here is another online dental referral system. What makes this one special is the price…FREE. DentalCareLinks.com is a cloud-based platform where you can invite colleagues to join, share patient information, and transfer or receive HIPAA compliant data with just a few secure clicks. Your staff will appreciate the ease, simplicity and time savings. You’ll agree […]

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Is this computer geek a hacker who harassed an FBI agent, or a hero trying to secure the internet?

September 5, 2017

The Justin Shafer story keeps getting more bizarre. He has been arrested not for hacking, as Patterson accused him of dong, but for harassing an FBI agent. Here is my article from June 2016 when he was raided by the FBI. Now this from Dallas News: Shafer is behind bars in the Dallas area not because […]

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A Breakdown of the Second Largest HIPAA Fine to Date – $5.5 Million

August 31, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with Memorial Healthcare System (“MHS”) to settle potential violations of HIPAA. The settlement agreement included a robust corrective action plan and the second largest fine levied against a covered entity to date: $5.5 million. For those keeping […]

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The File Room of 2027

August 24, 2017

Today: The dentist has a room filled with charts, radiographs, correspondence, EOBs and all the other records along with endless little white boxes filled with plaster models. Finding the models and records for a case done six years ago requires an exploratory party and soon bears a striking resemblance to a wilderness expedition. But make no mistake about […]

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Facebook beats privacy lawsuit in U.S. over user tracking

July 5, 2017

From Business Insider: In a decision late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said the plaintiffs failed to show they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, or that they suffered any “realistic” economic harm or loss. The plaintiffs claimed that Facebook violated federal and California privacy and wiretapping laws by storing […]

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July 3, 2017
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Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

June 26, 2017

Good: Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anymore, though. Just like Google did away with email scanning in […]

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Dentistry Uncensored Larry with Howard Farran

June 22, 2017
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The frightening new frontier for hackers: Medical records

June 8, 2017

From Modern Healthcare: As health records have gone digital in the past seven years, they’ve become far more vulnerable to poaching—and far more valuable to thieves, who can sell a complete medical record for more than $1,000 on the darknet. That’s because the records contain not just your insurance info—which can be used for fraudulent billing […]

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AGD Impact | Privacy and Social Media

June 6, 2017

Source: AGD Impact | Academy of General Dentistry  (subscription required) I am thrilled and honored to have an article in the latest AGD Impact magazine. The topic is HIPAA and patient privacy with Social Media. Excerpt: Photos and video are another area of potential concern. Patients need to sign a specific release (more on that […]

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Can Medical Devices Be Hacked?

June 1, 2017

Study Finds Manufacturers Fear Attack But Aren’t Prepared …there are challenges that come with testing and securing devices, the survey also found that many companies don’t put forth the effort to make sure their devices are not vulnerable to attack.Fifty-three percent of HDOs who participated in the survey said they do no security testing on […]

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AGD Podcast HIPAA and Hype

May 30, 2017

I was honored to be featured on a recent AGD Podcast with Dr. Wes Blakeslee. The topic is HIPAA compliance. PODCAST HERE

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WannaCry Update

May 22, 2017

From Strategy Page: The incident began with the activation of ransomware malware called WannaCry. What made WannaCry so dangerous was that it made use of several capabilities including a hidden (but findable) backdoor program that tried to spread WannaCry to Microsoft Windows computers that had a known vulnerability but were not updated to remove the […]

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Windows XP Makes Ransomware and Other Threats So Much Worse

May 17, 2017

The mass weekend ransomware attack now being called “Wannacry” has all the elements of a spy thriller. The attack supposedly uses secret hacks stolen from the NSA and was “accidentally” thwarted by a young computer wiz. From WIRED: AS A VICIOUS new strain of ransomware swept the UK’s National Health Service yesterday, shutting off services at […]

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Protect Your Office from Ransomware

May 16, 2017

From ADA News: Some good advice in light of the WannaCry mass ransomware attack over the weekend. Backup your data regularly and keep a copy off-site: Backing up your data regularly and keeping a secured copy offsite can help protect you from ransomware, and would also be useful in the case of a disaster like […]

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Ransomware Leads the Way in 2017’s Predicted Rise in Health Data Theft

May 15, 2017

UPDATE: I found and wrote this before the huge world wide ransomware attach over the weekend.  Some have dubbed the attack as an opening salvo in World Cyber War I. …the real surge in healthcare data crime is expected in ransomware in which a data thief holds a patient’s records for ransom.  According to a recent […]

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Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach

May 4, 2017

From ADA News: The federal government in April settled a potential violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with a Denver-area federally qualified health center that was reportedly the victim of a 2012 phishing attack. Source: Federally qualified health center settles $400,000 HIPAA breach Another big fine. The breach was from an e-mail scam […]

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Health Data Sharing Is Increasing, But Confidence in Privacy Security Lags

May 2, 2017

From RealClearHealth: More patient health data is being shared for approved purposes, with almost 57 percent of organizations possessing such data reporting sharing and over 55 percent increasing the amount shared. However, these same organizations lack confidence in their ability to protect privacy, increasing reputational and other risks if patient identities are exposed. Source: Health Data […]

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Patient photos with a Smartphone

May 1, 2017

If you are using a smart phone for patient photos such as before and after images, diagnostic planning photos or even ID photos for the digital chart, you might have a HIPAA problem. If the dentist or team member has their phone set up for cloud storage of images, and most of us do, then […]

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