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TikTok: Beneath Its Fun Exterior Lies A Sinister Purpose

June 30, 2020

From Forbes: Disturbing. TikTok is a lesson in irresponsibility, dangerous by design. And not simply by carelessness, mistake or default: this is a deep and patent irresponsibility, a philosophy focused on the constant capture of all kinds of user data. In short, not recommendable for children or adults, particularly thanks to its sinister and addictive […]

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The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem

June 22, 2020

The Internet of Things (IOT) has a consistent problem with security. From  IEEE Spectrum: IoT companies should tell users what information their devices are gathering and how they’re using it Source: The Internet of Things Has a Consent Problem – IEEE Spectrum Read the whole thing. Most people would be shocked to discover all the […]

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3 Things Can Help Your Office Comply with HIPAA Requirements

June 4, 2020

I contributed to this article in Dentrix Magazine: Dentists wrongly think their practice network is just another piece of equipment, such as a dental chair. It’s delivered, they unbox it, and they get it up and running. They forget that their network is a system that needs to be cared for, upgraded, and supported. Source: […]

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Large Increase in Cyber-Attacks & Phishing Scams, Don’t Be Fooled

May 12, 2020

From Advanced Automation: In the last few weeks, we have seen a surge of cyber-attacks and phishing emails circulating, Hackers know that many people are working from home, and using new apps and/or processes for the first time. Users being out of their normal element are much more susceptible to deception. Here are some tips: […]

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Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users

April 30, 2020

From VICE: Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit. Source: Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims – VICE Click for the whole […]

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STOP taking those fun online quizzes

April 23, 2020

Seen on Facebook: What alcoholic drink are you? What state should you be living in? What was your profession in the old west? Share your senior photo! And by the way what high school did you attend, what year did you graduate and what was the school mascot? Stop it. Sure these are fun but […]

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Coronavirus scams on the increase, warn police and FBI

April 21, 2020

From 9to5Mac: Police, consumer organizations and Internet security companies are warning about an increasing number of coronavirus scams, as the FBI says cybercrime reports are up 400% … One scam is a text message claiming you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This one could easily fool people, as it […]

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Zoom privacy and security issues: Here’s everything that’s wrong (so far)

April 14, 2020

From Tom’s Guide: Are you using Zoom yet? It seems that everyone in America who’s been forced to work, or do schoolwork, from home during the coronavirus lockdown is using the video-conferencing platform for meetings, classes and even social gatherings. There are good reasons Zoom has taken off… …But there’s a downside. Zoom’s ease of use makes […]

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3 Things Can Help Your Office Comply with HIPAA Requirements

April 13, 2020

From Dental Products Shopper: In the early days of in-office computer use, dental offices had very limited choices for professional IT support. They would rely on just about anyone who was good at computers, including their patient’s nephew. Today, hardware has become more sophisticated, but some dentists make the same unsophisticated mistake. Many practices still […]

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Coronavirus Scam Site Checker Tool

April 9, 2020

From  ProPrivacy.com: This looks like a good resource for all things related to online privacy. There are hundreds of new websites related to Covid-19 popping up every day. Many of them are malicious in nature. We have created this easy to use tool to help users find out if they can trust a website. Source: Coronavirus […]

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Zoom macOS install ‘shady,’ plus video chats aren’t end-to-end encrypted

April 2, 2020

From Appleinsider: Video conferencing service Zoom reportedly installs itself on Macs by working around Apple’s regular security, and also promotes that it has end-to-end encryption, but demonstrably does not. Zoom’s popularity as a video conferencing tool has soared over the coronavirusIncreased usage of video conferencing app and service Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak is leading […]

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Privacy Tip

March 31, 2020

From security expert James McQuiggan from AADP Security Panel. When answering security questions such as your mother’s maiden name etc. use made up names. Of course you then have to remember the false names you made up.

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VPN

March 30, 2020

If you are working from home because of the Corona Pandemic you should be using a VPN. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a secure portal that hides your internet communications from others , including your ISP (Internet Service Provider).  From Wikipedia: A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network and enables users […]

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This is how a popular free antivirus program sells your data

March 26, 2020

From MIT Technology Review: Avast is a multibillion-dollar computer security company based in the Czech Republic. Its software is used by an estimated 400 million people around the world. Last year it emerged that the company was sucking up user behavior data and selling it Source: This is how a popular free antivirus program sells your […]

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What’s Phishing and How Can You Avoid Getting Hooked?

March 23, 2020

From Norton: It seems that lately most of my blog posts and most of the articles I link to are malware, data security related. Is it me or is that what we are seeing mostly in the tech press? Phishing is essentially a con game, and phishers are nothing more than tech-savvy con artists and […]

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The West Is One Real Crisis Away From a Skynet-Style Surrender of Privacy

March 16, 2020

From Belmont Club: As the outbreak spreads in the West, some will demand the creation of an equivalent system — in the interests of public health, of course. It is here where the absence of public policy treating private data as property and speech will be most felt. Google is already able to provide exactly the […]

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Cybercriminals are using concerns about the coronavirus to launch phishing attacks

March 9, 2020

I received the following in an e-mail from Norton: Learn to identify and protect yourself against such attacks What is Happening? While COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is capturing attention around the world, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the public’s desire to learn more about the outbreak. There are reports of phishing scams that attempt to […]

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Hinman Dental Society March 19-21

March 6, 2020

I will be presenting sessions on Google Juice, Digital Workflow and Data Security. The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting is an annual tradition, providing dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and dental office staff with the latest and most comprehensive continuing education in dentistry today. Our meeting is known for its Southern Hospitality, extraordinary […]

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Does Texting Violate HIPAA?

March 5, 2020

From Jeff Tonner: Here is the skinny.  “Regular” SMS texting violates federal law if it contains “electronic protected health information” or ePHI.  To comply, a dentist and staff need to employ a HIPAA-compliant app, one that encrypts the message.  Call your text or app provider and ask if their service satisfies HIPAA.  If not, find one […]

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Domain Name Scam

March 2, 2020

Is this a scam? Almost certainly. I recently received the following e-mail from a company called ids/us: Dear Sir/Madam, One of our customers has applied for the domain name www.drlarryemmott.net. Since you are the owner of www.drlarryemmott.com, we would like to inform you about this registration request. If our customer registers this name, this can […]

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