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HIPAA Headlines, News, and Notes

Posted by on in Security

hipaaEven if you’re not a medical office or clinic, if your business deals with HIPAA-regulated industries at all, there’s a pretty good chance you should be following HIPAA news as well. And really, following the headlines of an industry that takes protecting confidential data very seriously is never a bad thing. Here are some recent headlines that should be paid attention to, especially if you’re a HIPAA-regulated business.

Amazon EchoIf you’ve ever watched Star Trek The Next Generation, you’ll know that Captain Pickard interfaces with the LCARS computer by saying “Computer” followed by a command. If you own an Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot, you are probably familiar with what it takes to activate the device: “Alexa” followed by a command. If you’d rather act like Pickard, you can now change the device’s wake word so instead of saying “Alexa, play music”, you can say “Computer, play music.” Which is infinitely better.

Tagged in: Gadgets Technology Tips

Email Out of Control? Six Tips to Tame Your Inbox

Posted by on in How To

ComputerFrustrationEmail is the lifeblood for many businesses. From quick little notes to co-workers to contracts sent to clients, email has a pile of different uses for you and your business. But if you’re like most folks, your inbox can get totally out of control, causing you to lose focus on the important messages. It’s time to tame your inbox with these six tips.

Tagged in: Email Outlook Spam Tips

wirelessThis last weekend I was travelling and needed to get onto my hotel’s wifi to get some work done. Many hotels and other public wireless access points require that you not only connect to their network, but then open a browser and agree to their terms and conditions or type in a username or password. They typically will do this by intercepting the first web page request your browser makes (usually to your browser home page) and instead sending you to the page where you have to click “Agree” to something. The problem? More and more, the hotel’s wifi system cannot send you the to the hotspot portal page to agree to their terms. So how do you get around that and get online?

Tagged in: Internet Security Tips

2016 Gift Guide for Geeks

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

GiftIt’s that time of the year again! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for another gift guide for geeks. The 2014 Gift Guide and 2015 Gift Guide both still have a bunch of great ideas there that are still worth reading through. With a bit of help from the folks around our office, here are some toys and fun things that would be bound to please folks who are like the folks around here.