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Category: Security

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Why Everyone Needs Encryption

Encryption is often considered something that only large corporations need.  Very often we take security for granted and don’t protect sensitive information.  In our previous articles, we covered the importance of encryption when transmitting information.  However, this is only one area of encryption. The encryption of digital files, and securing of computers and devices are equally as important. 

Does HIPAA require encryption? Yes… No… Kinda?

Hipaa is about as confusing as things can get.  Things you must do. Things you should do but are not explicitly required to do.  Things you really want to do but don’t really need to…  Encryption falls into a gray area between these things.  You must decide if it is required. Lets get some definitions…
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Secure Email, The Who and The What

Secure e-mail, encrypted so no one out side the intended recipient can read it, has been strictly the stuff of big companies for many years. But just like everything else these days, e-mail security has become simpler, more Web-based. Dozens of firms are offering options for sending and receiving secure messages.

Encrypted e-mail will almost certainly never replace open e-mail, it is too cumbersome and expensive. But even tiny companies need to protect critical info like tax returns, independent contractor IRS 1099-Misc forms, and human resources data, and personal health information. This security burden will only grow. Not only are federal security officials requiring stringent new rules for sending and receiving employee information, but Hipaa also requires healthcare providers to secure all personal health information.

Click the link to see a list of some of the secure email providers.

Remote desktop is, by default, not HIPAA compliant

With today’s workload, long hours, and pressure to get more done in less time, remote access to your work computer can be a life saver. The remote access we will be discussing in this article is accessing your work desktop, files, printers, and applications. There are a number of options, some are better than others.…
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