What is the “Cloud?”

In tech circles, “cloud” does have a rather specific meaning. For our purposes, however, we’ll define “the cloud” this way: “The Cloud” = “Other People’s Computers” Cloud services center around providing software services — and sometimes information storage services — on computers in well-connected data centers. Some Examples If you’re not sure whether or not […]

Keep ‘Em Separated: Unique Logins

Windows and Macintosh computers allow you to make separate user accounts for everyone who might use the device. The Windows Surface tablet also allows this. So wherever you can make separate accounts for people, you should do so. Keeping It Separated There are a couple advantages to creating unique user accounts for everyone who might […]

The Most Important Thing You’re Likely to Forget: Backups

As we’ve already stated several times in this training, therapists tend to be highly focused on the confidentiality of information and thus can easily forget about its availability. Antimalware, firewalls, and trusted WiFi can protect availability of information a little bit. However, the most reliable method, by far, of protecting information availability is to keep […]

Antimalware & Firewalls

If your computer touches protected health information at all, you want to make sure it is using antimalware software and a firewall. Also, at this point, let’s recognize that smartphones and tablets (e.g. iPads and Android tablets) are computers. So when we say “computer,” we mean everything that is computer-like. Antimalware Antimalware is software that […]