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Security

chromeIn Google’s attempt to secure the web as much as possible and to make browsing safer, it’s making some updates to its Chrome browser based on the assumption that all sites should be secure. By assuming that, it is removing the familiar “Secure” label in the latest browser versions and will remove the label and the little “Lock” icon later this year. Instead, it will be marking sites that are not secure and will start showing red “Not Secure” Warnings if you type data into a non-HTTPS web site.

Read more on Google’s decision on their blog and on Naked Security.

Tagged in: Internet Security

New Breach Notification Laws May Affect You

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hipaaThe State of Oregon (where our main office is based, though we do serve Anchorage and Spokane, as well) has updated its data breach notification laws. If you live in Oregon and your personal information is exposed in a data breach (defined as “an unauthorized acquisition of computerized data that materially compromises the security, confidentiality or integrity of personal information that a person maintains”), notifications now have to be done with 45 days instead of the 60-days required by the federal government in the HIPAA Breach Notification Rules.

Tagged in: Compliance HIPAA

Tech Tip: Spotting Malicious Links

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seccompOne of the best ways to prevent a nasty infection on your computer is to avoid going to a problematic web site from an email in the first place. But how do you tell if the link you’re looking at is not one you should visit? Avoid phishing scams and avoid malicious links by following some basic rules.

Tagged in: Email Internet Virus

Keep Yourself Secure on Public WiFi

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wirelessWhen traveling, it’s always temping to hop onto a hotel, coffee shop, or other free public WiFi to get online and possibly get some work done. You need to be careful, however, to make sure your information and security isn’t compromised along the way.

New Malware Detection At Record High

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hipaaIn headlines that shouldn’t surprise anybody, HIPAA Journal reports that malware detections in 2017 were at a record high, but healthcare is the most target industry:

Throughout 2017, the volume of new malware samples detected by McAfee Labs has been steadily rising each quarter, reaching a record high in Q3 when 57.6 million new malware samples were detected. On average, in Q3 a new malware sample was detected every quarter of a second.

In the United States, the healthcare industry continues to be the most targeted vertical, which along with the public sector accounted for more than 40% of total security incidents in Q3. In Q3, account hijacking was the main attack vector, followed by leaks, malware, DDoS, and other targeted attacks.

There were similar findings from the recent HIMSS Analytics/Mimecast survey which showed email related phishing attacks were the greatest cause of concern among healthcare IT professionals, with email the leading attack vector.

If you’re a CompleteCare client, you are about as well-protected as you can get from Malware and other security threats. Contact us today to learn more about our CompleteCare program and how it can protect your company from the latest threats to your business and your bottom line. 

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