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Cyber Security Solutions For The Healthcare Industry

If you’ve heard the phrase “spyware” but are a bit unclear as to what it is, you’re not alone. The truth is, spyware is a bit of an umbrella phrase that covers a lot of different ways bad guys seek to damage your computer, your finances, your business, and possibly your reputation. In short, spyware is made up of programs that secretly record what you do on your computer. It is usually designed to grab passwords, banking information, and credit card numbers. But it can also steal private medical information, business secrets, and even private correspondence.

Once that information has been snatched, it is sent through the Internet to criminals who will use it for their purposes. For example, a patient with an embarrassing condition could be blackmailed and a terminally ill person might be manipulated by shysters looking for money.

Malignant spyware attaches itself to your operating system. In addition to stealing personal information, spyware can slow your computer’s processing power to a crawl. If your computer ever becomes so slow that you could take a shower in the time, it makes your word processor open it may be because of spyware.

Signs There May Spyware on Your Computer

  • There are new, unfamiliar toolbars on your web browser
  • Users are redirected to websites other than the sites typed into the browser
  • Users experience multiple pop-up windows
  • There is suddenly a different home page
  • Some keys stop working in a browser
  • Error messages begin to appear
  • Computers are suddenly slower

Because spyware can do so much damage – to businesses and everyday people – we have come up with a short list of cyber security solutions for the healthcare industry.

Basic Steps for Preventing Spyware

  • Watch out for website popups. If an unexpected message pops up, it’s like a stranger showing up at your front door. You need to be wary. If the popup asks you to download something, do not do it unless it was something you specifically planned to download. If the popup asks you to make changes to your computer, do not allow modifications made unless you fully understand them (and need those changes).
  • Beware of dramatic messages. Spyware developers often create messages meant to scare users enough to open their computers to them. A message may say something like, “Your computer is infected with (fill in the blank)! You need to correct the problem immediately!” The message will go on to tell you what you must do to remove the “infection.” It’s a ploy to trick you, to cause damage to your computer.
  • Never accept anything without reading it. It can be tempting to push the “accept” button to save time. It honestly is a terrible idea. Take a few moments to read and understand what you agree to.
  • Do not open unknown email attachments. Unless you know that an email has been sent from a reliable source, delete without opening it.

Speak With Your Healthcare Cyber Security Specialists At GDS

There is nothing more precious than the faith your patients place in you. You can reward that faith by protecting their private information. We can help you protect all the information that moves through your office. Give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you.

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