Every Microsoft Windows computer on the network has a number of Local User Accounts that can be used to login to the PC without needing to know a Username and Password on the overall Practice network security domain. These local accounts are often overlooked or forgotten. Often they may have blank passwords when the computer is shipped to you. Hackers and viruses can exploit these accounts, so it is important that they are secured or deleted.
When was the last time you checked the most important part of your Internet Defense? All that stands between you and the Evils of the Internet is a single device called the Internet Firewall (or sometimes called the Router). The firewall is a gatekeeper and controls what can get ‘out’ to the Internet from your Office network, and more importantly what can get ‘in’ to your network from the evil public side. Have no freaking idea what it’s currently configured to allow in (and should you really)? Then this article is for you, keep reading.
If you are a dental specialist and have computers in your Practice and have an external IT person that looks after them, you need a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with them. I know you are squirming and wish this didn’t apply to you, but it’s pretty simple and clear that it does.