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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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Get Stellar Reviews and Not Violate HIPAA

October 31, 2017

From Frontier Marketing: For most business owners, responding to negative reviews left online by irate customers is simply a matter of replying directly to the reviews themselves. For medical practitioners, this process is complicated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Source: Get Stellar Medical Reviews & Not Violate HIPAA – Medical Reputation […]

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Ransombear

October 24, 2017
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Facebook’s Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline

October 23, 2017

From Electronic Frontier Foundation: Since its incorporation just over five years ago, Facebook has undergone a remarkable transformation. When it started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice. Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default. Today, it has become a platform where […]

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Good Advice

October 20, 2017

Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months. ~Clifford Stoll

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Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion

October 9, 2017

From  WSJ: A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts Source: Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion – WSJ This is disturbing. These massive high visibility breaches can not help but damage people’s trust in technology and […]

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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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