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Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account was one of the 29 million hacked

October 16, 2018

From Mashable: Twenty-nine million Facebook users had their accounts accessed by hackers. This, as it sounds, is very bad. ..Whether or not you are one of the victims. Here’s how to check: First, while logged into your Facebook account, head on over to the Help Center and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see one […]

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Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

October 8, 2018

From  WSJ: Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails. Source: Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts – WSJ […]

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Sunset for Windows 7 & Server 2008

October 2, 2018

From Advanced Automation Blog: Microsoft Windows will be ending extended support for Windows 2008 Server and Windows 7 desktop operating systems in January 2020. Since Windows will no longer provide security patches for these operating systems, HIPAA requires that this software be replaced or retired prior to the sunset date. You can use the section 179 […]

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Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users’ Data at Risk

October 1, 2018

From NYT: Facebook said on Friday that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. The company said it discovered the breach this week. The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Early Friday, Facebook forced more than 90 […]

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September 25, 2018



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Google is Tracking You

September 25, 2018

From Digital Content Next: The key findings include: A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to […]

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Cloud Computing ASP

September 10, 2018

A new version of an old idea has a sexy new name. What we used to call ASP which stands for Application Service Provider has be re-named “Cloud Computing”. The name Cloud refers to the fact that the application is processed not on your local server but off in the Internet at a remote server […]

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Public & Private

August 21, 2018

Some things seen on the computer monitor are public. Those are things we want the patient to see, their own chart, x-rays, photos or patient education. Other information should not be seen. That would include another patient’s chart or even the daily schedule. That is private. Another way to refer to these is the patient […]

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Data Breach Update

August 7, 2018

The US Dept. Of Health and Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights maintain a public web page with all of the reported HIPAA data breaches of 500 or more records.  The web page, commonly called the “Wall of Shame” can be found at the link below. Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services […]

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Mastercard Wins a Patent to Link Cryptocurrency With Fiat Accounts

August 2, 2018

With Mastercard’s latest patent, we’re getting closer to using our cryptocurrency credit cards to purchase goods. According to the filing, the method addresses the storing of both fiat and cryptocurrencies under one profile. This means, as a user, you’d have two linked accounts with your bank — one for your fiat wealth, and one for […]

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HIPAA COW

August 2, 2018

A nice resource:  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW)Established in 2001, HIPAA COW is a non-profit organization open to entities considered to be Covered Entities, Business Associates, and/or Trading Partners under HIPAA, as well as any other organization impacted by HIPAA regulations.Learn more about our upcoming conferences and events HIPAA […]

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Cyberattacks on Health-Care Providers Are Up in Recent Months

July 31, 2018

From  Bloomberg: Health-care providers and government agencies across the U.S. have seen an increase in cybersecurity breaches in recent months, exposing sensitive data from hundreds of thousands of people as the sector scrambles to find adequate defense mechanisms. Source: Cyberattacks on Health-Care Providers Are Up in Recent Months – Bloomberg Another report indicating that healthcare […]

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Blockchain: The New Technology of Trust

July 26, 2018

A new technology is redefining the way we transact. If that sounds incredibly far-reaching, that’s because it is. Blockchain has the potential to change the way we buy and sell, interact with government and verify the authenticity of everything from property titles to organic vegetables. It combines the openness of the internet with the security […]

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Data Protection Accountability Checklist

July 12, 2018

From Advanced Automation Blog: In hopes of making things easier for practice managers, I’m providing a basic accountability checklist to use with your IT administrator and/or provider to make sure basic security is in place or in progress. This list is derived from an amalgamation of baseline requirements for cyber-liability insurance and industry best practices. If […]

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How health-care companies are using AI to beat hackers

July 10, 2018

From The Week: AI and machine learning are part of a bigger attempt to overhaul cybersecurity. As attacks continue to increase, health-care companies have learned that it’s not enough to rely on anti-virus or anti-malware protection to stop eager hackers from infiltrating their systems. They’re starting to figure out hacker patterns and blocking them before […]

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Passwords in the Real World

July 9, 2018

Passwords should be treated as you would your toothbrush. Never let anyone else use it and change it every three months. Good professional password protocol includes passwords that are at least eight characters long, include numbers. letters, upper and lowercase and even symbols. They should be changed every three months and you should assign user rights […]

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Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

June 26, 2018

From McKinsey & Company: Blockchain’s core advantages are decentralization, cryptographic security, transparency, and immutability. It allows information to be verified and value to be exchanged without having to rely on a third-party authority. Rather than there being a singular form of blockchain, the technology can be configured in multiple ways to meet the objectives and commercial […]

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HIPAA Hackers and Hype Webinar July 12

June 25, 2018

Overview: HIPAA compliance consists largely of having the right forms and signatures. Learn what PHI, CE, NPP, BA and Exempt mean and why it matters.Understand the critical elements of risk assessment,the six basic steps to compliance and four critical important real world measures dentists should be taking beyond the paperwork that can make an actual […]

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Data Safety

June 19, 2018

Before dawn a panel truck silently backs up to the dental office door. A cat burglar picks the lock and a team of thieves surge into the office. They wrestle fifteen filing cabinets into the truck then take off to a secret warehouse where dozens of outlaw clerks await. The clerks page through each chart […]

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Facebook bug affected 14 million people’s privacy settings

June 14, 2018

From Mashable: The advertising giant wants you to believe that you’re in control of what data you share, and who you share it with. We know that’s mostly an illusion… from May 18 to May 22, a Facebook bug automatically set a host of users’ new post settings to “public” regardless of their selected setting. It […]

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