Month: May 2020

Macs and iCloud Hijacking

Macs and iCloud Hijacking


From February 2020

Ransomware, or viruses that hold your computer’s information for ransom, are far more common on Windows computers than Macs. However, there is a threat to a Mac that doesn’t require directly encrypting or stealing the computer’s files. iCloud hijacking is when someone reuses a password from a breached website to access iCloud and remotely lock a Mac computer or other Apple device. They then demand money for access to your device. To prevent this, we recommend using two-factor verification for Apple ID.

This makes it so your password and access to one of your devices is required to access you Apple ID.  For more information on two-factor verification or on Macs and ransomware, click on the links below:

Two-Factor Authorization Apple Support
Macworld on Macs and Ransomware

 

Are Using Password Banks a Good Idea?

Are Using Password Banks a Good Idea?


From February 2020

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, for although any storage of passwords in the cloud is a security risk, the benefit of having secure and distinct passwords for all your accounts (that you don’t have to memorize) may outweigh the risk. Another benefit is not having to waste time with forgotten passwords.

If you do want to use a password bank, instead of a third-party solution, Apple iCloud Keychain is seamlessly integrated with Apple devices, including Safari and iOS/iPad apps. More information about using iCloud Keychain can be found in the following link:

Set up iCloud Keychain – Apple Support

If you need help with password management or other security concerns, don’t be afraid to ask.

 

3 Useful macOS Tips

3 Useful macOS Tips


From February 2020

  1. Instant calculator: “Command + Space” can bring up Spotlight, which can help quickly search for files and Applications. While incredibly useful for that alone, it can also be used to do quick currency conversions and basic math, but note it uses commas as decimal points.
  1. Instantly moving things to Trash: “Command + Delete” can instantly move a selected file to Trash, or if you’re a hundred percent sure you want the file gone for good, “Command + Option + Delete” can eliminate a file instantly without you having to empty Trash.
  1. Move open application in the background: If you select “Command” on an open application in the background, you can move it without it going into the foreground of your computer. This can be especially useful when referencing something from another window for whatever you’re working on.

We hope you found these tips and tricks useful.

 

HIPAA Journal: “Patch and Update Computer Software or Face a HIPAA Sanction”

HIPAA Journal: “Patch and Update Computer Software or Face a HIPAA Sanction”


From November 2019

A reminder to all customers and people working in the medical field: failure to apply security patches is a violation of HIPAA. This applies to all technology storing or transmitting PHI. If no more patches are being issued on a piece of software or operating system you are using, according to HIPAA guidelines, “it must be upgraded or changed. Using outdated software is also a HIPAA violation.”
Unpatched software has already led one medical non-profit, Anchorage Community Mental Health Services to pay $150,000 in a settlement due to 2700 individuals having their data exposed. Though this case was settled in 2014, it remains relevant today as a reminder to be up to date on your software.

For more information, see the full HIPAA Journal article.