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Are you ready for the Internet Explorer 11 retirement?

Ah, to retire at 27. While a dream for many of us, it’s the reality of one of the first web browsers in existence. As Microsoft announced in May, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will officially retire on June 15, 2022. IE11 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. In fact, it’s already…


Microsoft warns of COVID-19 phishing attack via Excel

Microsoft is warning users about an infected Excel email attachment that can wreak major havoc when opened. The massive phishing attack started on May 12 appearing as emails from the Johns Hopkins Center with an Excel attachment that claims to be US deaths caused by the Coronavirus.


Windows 7 support ends January 14, 2020

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped free support for Windows 7 just as promised.


World’s worst criminal phishing botnet gets trickier

The notorious Necurs botnet has upped its crime game by adopting a retro trick to make itself more evasive and less likely to having its phishing intercepted by your filters.


Hacking group targets healthcare industry worldwide

Cybersecurity firm Symantec announced this week that a hacking group called Orangeworm appears to have been targeting the healthcare industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


HIMSS survey shows significant security incidents

The annual HIMSS cybersecurity survey released March 8 revealed that nearly 76 percent of health information security professionals believe their organizations experienced a significant security incident in the past 12 months.


Protect your data: 10 tips for online shopping

The National Retail Foundation says that 78 million people plan to do online shopping on Cyber Monday. No doubt a good number of those will do that at work.


Expect phishing attacks to follow Equifax hack

With news that cyber criminals stole 143 million credit records in a hacking scandal at Equifax, highly targeted spear phishing attacks are expected.


Latest HIMSS cybersecurity report: threats rise, so does security

The August 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Report indicates that respondents are taking proactive steps to stay ahead of security threats.


A new cyber threat is also a HIPAA Security threat

Recent analysis of a new variant of what appeared to be ransomware turns out instead to be malicious software that erases files on computers.


Worldwide ransomware attack is on the move

A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world, including the United States.


GOP data firm causes largest US voter data leak to date

Political data of 198 million US citizens was exposed after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.


Google Docs used in latest phishing attack

A widespread phishing attack using Google Docs is currently hitting inboxes. This is a good time to be extra cautious about clicking links.


PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems releases MIPS Navigator™ 

PrivaPlan partner QVH Systems recently released a new software solution called MIPS Navigator to help physicians and other health professionals achieve success under Medicare’s new merit-based incentive payment system.


Beware of images posted in Facebook Messenger

Clicking on images in Facebook Messenger could unleash a devastating ransomware attack on your organization.


Be on the alert for App ID Theft

Want to give personal information to a scammer this holiday season? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are hundreds of apps for that and many are masquerading as legitimate retailers.


Data breach at Banner Health affects 3.7 million

News of a massive data breach at Banner Health continues to make headlines since first being announced Aug. 3.


Can you name 10 technologies with the greatest vulnerabilities?

There are 10 technologies emerging in the next five years with the greatest vulnerabilities in terms of cybersecurity, finance, personal health and safety. Two directly impact the health care industry.


The 5 enemies of healthcare IT security

We know we have an important job to do in healthcare IT, especially in keeping the greedy little hands of cyber attackers out of the personal files of patients and providers. A recently released report from Critical Infrastructure Technology backs this up.


Don’t wait until the 11th hour to update to IE 11

There is no better time to make sure you’re using the latest version of Internet Explorer. True to their word, January 12, 2016 is the end of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle on versions of Internet Explorer older than version 11.


How do you handle patients who bring in their medical records on USB drives?

The proliferation of Electronic Health Records, patient health portals and the general increase in digital medical information has resulted in an increasing number of patients who bring their medical records to their providers of care, using some form of computer media like a USB drive.