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How Falling Prey to a Phishing Expedition Puts PHI at Risk

Phishing has become so commonplace, the word has made its way into the dictionary: Phish — to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one. In today’s HIPAA Quick Tip, I’ll show you a little trick that could save you and your staff from taking the bait from someone phishing for information. With regulations about data security getting stricter, hackers have stepped up their game. […]

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Beware of the Email Attachments from Hell

If you or someone on your staff opens one of these diabolic — yet seemingly innocent — email attachments, they can infect the office’s computers and make running your practice “hella” difficult until they’re fixed. Email attachments are a common source of viruses and worms. When opened, they can give hackers control of your computer, enabling them to send copies of their message to every email address in your address book. Malware like this can do a lot of damage within your office and beyond — crippling computers, servers, and networks. In this HIPAA Quick Tip, I’ll offer a few […]

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Can You Keep a Secret? 9 Tips for Creating Strong Passwords.

The computers in your office are veritable treasure chests of information cyber pirates would love to get their hands on. Only authorized personnel in a practice should have the keys to unlock what’s inside.  Passwords as those keys. They play an important role in protecting Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the vital information those records hold. The HIPAA Security Rule says that “reasonable and appropriate . . . procedures for creating, changing, and safeguarding passwords” must be in place. But the rule doesn’t stop there. It goes on to say that “In addition to providing passwords for access, entities must ensure that workforce […]

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