Remember back in the 'old' days when you had to enter a search request into Google, then review all the returned websites that Google offered to find the one that best seemed to answer your question ... and then click on that link and scroll and scroll until your found your answer? How did we ever get any work done with so many steps involved? These days ... if you know how ... you can bypass those unnecessary steps and make Google return your answer to you immediately.
Laptop Theft Leads to Potential Data Breach of 43,000 Patients
West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported that a laptop that may have contained personal health information was stolen ... which may lead to a security breach of 43,000 patients. According to the healthcare system, data on the stolen laptop may have included patient names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, financial information, and health information. There was a password in place, but the hard drive was not encrypted. It may not be possible to totally prevent data loss due to theft, but putting protections — such as data encryption — in place is in your control. Call us today at 281-403-9561 to find out how or visit our healthcare page.
Is Your Old iPhone Running Slow? Apple Might Be to Blame.
It's hard to believe, but late last year, Apple admitted the company had been secretly slowing down old iPhones as their batteries aged. After this story broke, Apple contented they had good reason to do so and that the throttled speeds kept those phones from unexpectedly shutting down. In the weeks that have passed, Apple has apologized and slashed the price of replacement batteries from $79 to $29. Apple said the new battery will immediately return an iPhone 6 or later model to its original performance.
Beware of Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws
Hopefully by now, you are aware of Meltdown and Spectre, two critical CPU flaws detected early this year that can affect nearly all modern computers. These flaws are not only widespread, but dangerous. Meltdown and Spectre allow attackers to gain access to protected information in your PC's kernel memory, such as sensitive details like passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photos and email, or anything else you've used on your computer. Processing chip manufacturers and operating system vendors quickly released patches, but total protection from these two vulnerabilities will take some time. First steps are to:
Update your operating system
Check for firmware updates
Update your browser
Update other software
Keep your antivirus active
For additional information, see the Urgent Alert we released earlier this year.