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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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Suedo reveals which of your apps are sharing too much data

February 27, 2020

From Fast Company: After I installed Seudo, the app claimed that TikTok was gathering minute-by-minute details on my network connection, which could help the social media app infer some form of location information. McDonald’s, meanwhile, appeared to be gathering all kinds of device data for tracking purposes, and several other apps, including Pandora and photo […]

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How malware can harm your dental practice

February 24, 2020

From PACT-ONE Solutions Blog: Symantec’s 2019 Internet Security Threat Report shows a staggering 25% increase in cyberattacks using malware. Without the proper security measures, the effects of malware on your dental practice can be costly and devastating. #1. Disruption of operations #2. Stolen data #3. Extortion #4. Keylogging #5. Defacing your site #6. Destroying your reputation […]

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What Is Smishing, and How Do You Protect Yourself?

February 17, 2020

Smishing is just the SMS version of phishing scams. Instead of a scammy email, you get a scammy text message on your smartphone. “SMS” stands for “short message service” and is the technical term for the text messages you receive on your phone. Source: What Is Smishing, and How Do You Protect Yourself? Cyber criminals […]

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Janice Hurley at AADP March 5

February 13, 2020

One of the BEST Meetings in Dentistry. I will be hosting a panel on Cyber Security at the AADP Meeting. One of our panelists will be Janice Hurley, her topic: Your Social Media Footprint Matters Answer these three critical questions before you post ANYTHING on social media and you’ll be delighted with the results. Confidently […]

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Nearly half of dental practices experience theft from staff, ADA survey finds

February 10, 2020

From Dr. Bicuspid. This hurts as most dentists tend to look upon team members as family which makes employee theft even more devastating than the simple loss of money, it is the betrayal of trust. Nearly 49 percent of dental practices said they had experienced employee theft,… …In response to the survey results, the ADA […]

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Why the ‘list’ is becoming the hacker’s new weapon

February 3, 2020

AADP Cyber Security Panel Debi Carr will be participating in a Cyber Security panel that I am moderating at the AADP meeting in Orlando March 5, 2020. Following is one of her articles from Dr. Bicuspid. Recently, several companies were attacked and did not pay the ransom for various reasons. They thought they were in the […]

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We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful

January 21, 2020

From VICE: Ring lacks basic security features, making it easy for hackers to turn the company’s cameras against its customers. Source: We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful – VICE I hope you didn’t get one for Christmas.

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Google defends amassing health data on millions of people

January 9, 2020

“These organizations, like Ascension, use Google to securely manage their patient data, under strict privacy and security standards,” he added. “They are the stewards of the data and we provide services on their behalf.”Known internally as “Project Nightingale,” The Journal reported that Google’s deal involves data such as “lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, […]

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2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year

January 6, 2020

From CNET: The biggest recurrent motif among the major data breaches of 2019 wasn’t the black-hooded hacker in a dark room, digging into a screen full of green text. It was a faceless set of executives and security professionals under the fluorescent lights of an office somewhere, frantically dialing their attorneys and drafting public relations apologies […]

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Ransomware at Colorado IT Provider Affects 100+ Dental Offices

December 30, 2019

From Krebs on Security: This is disturbing. A Colorado company that specializes in providing IT services to dental offices suffered a ransomware attack that is disrupting operations for more than 100 dentistry practices, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Multiple sources affected say their IT provider, Englewood, Colo. based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was hacked, allowing a potent strain […]

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