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It’s time for a tech tip from Global Data Systems that will protect you from scammers and security breaches in the digital healthcare world. In this short article, we’ll go going over how to protect your medical practice from the following:

  • Viruses
  • Phishing
  • Malware
  • Scams

All of these tricks and swindles have been a part of using technology and the Internet for several decades. But in today’s digital-based world, they’re popping up more and more, so you’ve got to know how to protect against them if you want your practice to stay safe. As scammers continue to get better, it’s essential that your security improves as well. At Global Data Systems, we’re always here to help.

Knowing the Difference Between Real and Fake Digital Threats

One of the most difficult parts of keeping your practice safe when it comes to scammers is knowing the difference between real and fake security threats. Here are the top three ways to distinguish between the two. You’ll need to look out for:

1). Broad Information

If you receive an email, instant message, call, or other communication stating that a company you already work with (or one that you’ve dealt with in the past or even one you’ve never heard of before) has broad information about you, but needs more or needs you to do something in order to fix a problem, see this as a red flag.

In these cases, there will be no specificity. For instance, you might receive an email stating that a bank you used to bank with “has your unique passwords and personal information” but needs you to update them in order to check on a security problem or something else that sounds very important. This is a scare tactic. They actually have nothing and want you to provide information to them so that they can take something from you.

2). False Issues

These scams usually happen through email or by cold calling. The scammer will attempt to scare you into thinking that you have serious issues with your computer, phone, account, or another piece of software or hardware that you use regularly. They may tell you that you have a bunch of malware on your computers, for example.

This scam usually involves convincing you of this problem so that you’ll give them access to your machine or account in order to fix the situation. Once this occurs, the scammer will attach actual, legitimate malware to your device or system. In order to take it off, you’ll have to pay a fee.

3). Fishy Information and Links

Does it seem phony? It probably is.

Any time you receive an email, instant message, attachment, or another form of communication that seems “off,” beware. You’re probably on to something.

Often, scammers will disguise their emails or messages to look like legitimate companies, sending out messages that say you can get a (often too good to be true) prize or discount if you simply do A, B, and C.

For example, you might receive a message that looks like it’s from a legitimate retailer you buy from often, stating that “you have been selected!” and if you simply fill out this form, you’ll receive 60% off your next purchase. Great deal, right? Wrong! It seems too good to be true, and it probably is. Stay away from these.

Always Be on The Lookout for Scams

It’s crucial to constantly be on the lookout for possible scams and swindles on the Internet, and assistance from IT companies in healthcare can help. At Global Data Systems, we want to help medical professionals like you stay safe from scams with our healthcare IT consulting services. For more information, contact us today!

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