Don’t EVER install Adobe Flash if a website prompts you to

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Don’t EVER install Adobe Flash if a website prompts you to


From June 2020

If a website prompts you to install Adobe Flash, it is actually a trap to download malware. If you do want to install the latest version of Flash, only do so on the official Adobe website. However, even if you have Flash installed, it is best to not use it at all due to many security concerns with the plug-in that have been consistent for years.

 

We recommend not enabling Flash when enter a website even if prompted too because of security concerns. In fact, Flash would soon be removed completely from many search engines including Google Chrome and Firefox on December 31, 2020.

HIPAA-Compliant Video Conferencing

HIPPA-Compliant Video Conferencing


From May 2020

Here’s our assessment on various HIPAA-compliant video conferencing services. We have information on the security, features, and cost-effectiveness of these services. All options include military-grade AES 256-bit encryption.

Zoom


As of May 30, Zoom will mandate all users install an update with military-grade AES 256-bit encryption. Zoom still is working on end-to-end encryption. In March and April Zoom had several security concerns, many of which had to do simply with unsecure Zoom links being sent out. However, one involved recordings staying in the cloud for hours after being deleted and one included routing through servers in China, sparking privacy concerns.
 
All issues have been dealt with, but other items on this list have little to no bad news. If you want to use Zoom, HIPAA enabled plans start at $200 per month per account, which comes with 10 hosts. Sales must be contacted for other pricing information. More information below:
 
https://zoom.us/healthcare

Phone.com

Phone.com logo

If you are using  Phone.com , there’s an add-on for $9.99/host/month for HIPAA-compliant video meeting on Chrome. This is one of the most affordable HIPAA-compliant video meeting services if you have a  Phone.com  plan. This plan includes SMS notification, meeting chat, document sharing, and up to 25 participants per meeting. For $14.99/host/month there is an automated transcript that can be activated and then later searched through upon request. We are partnered with  Phone.com . More information below:
 
https://www.phone.com/features/video-conferencing-service/

Doxy.me

doxy.me logo*Note: includes 100% free HIPAA-compliant version

 Doxy.me is one of the only HIPAA-compliant video services which is 100% free no matter how many sessions you have. There is also no client download required. The free version has end-to-end encryption and is iOS and Android compatible, but has low-definition video and does not include an audio only option. For $35/month/provider it includes HD video, text and email notifications, and on-demand support. More information below:

Free Version:
https://doxy.me/
 
Premium Plan Pricing:
https://doxy.me/pricing

Amazon Chime Pro

  *Note: Free till June 30, 2020.
 
Amazon Chime is a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing service with a pay-as-you-go and pay-by-the-minute model which can be cost-effective if calls are infrequent, but it can be costly otherwise. It contains private links, conferencing rooms, and scheduling features. Amazon Chime Pro is offering a free trial until June 30 with some restrictions. More information below:
 
Amazon Chime Pro price calculator:
https://aws.amazon.com/chime/pricing/?nc=sn&loc=3&dn=1
 
Amazon Chime Pro free trial:
https://aws.amazon.com/chime/download-chime/

Thera-LINK

Tailored toward therapy Thera-Link is a HIPAA-compliant video software with both host and client scheduling features included. Thera-link Pro is $45/provider/month and includes payment request, an advance client scheduler, and secure file share. Only the ultimate plan, for $65/provider/month includes secure messaging. The ultimate plan also includes listing in a thera-LINK directory for therapists. There is a free 3-day trial for all plans and discounts for annual plans.

More information below:
 
https://www.thera-link.com/pricing/#1569591084956-90a8cecf-0976

VSee

For $49/provider/month Vsee includes HIPAA-compliant video conferencing and calling as well as intake and consent forms, and a listing on This American Doc. The basic Vsee plan doesn’t have live support, but the enterprise plan has 24/7 support. The enterprise plan also includes a patient scheduler, online credit card payments, and invoices, but sales must be contacted for a price.
 
More information below:
https://vsee.com/pricing/

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.