4 Things Physicians Must Do to Secure Their Laptops
Securing Physician Laptops
Physicians, secure your laptop now! It only takes a second to accidentally leave your laptop in the cab or for a thief to walk away with your laptop. Not only will you have to deal with the hassle of wondering what personal documents you lost, you may have to explain to your employer that the thief has access to patient data, which could mean hefty fines. Follow these simple recommendations to secure your laptop now.
Backup Your Files
At a minimum, create a backup of important files on a regular basis. Or, store the files on an external device, which would allow you to work from anywhere. This will eliminate the possibility of lost data in case the laptop encounters an issue such as crashing, BSOD (blue screen of death), corrupted OS (Operating System), or gets stolen.
Online storage is another option. Transferring data to an online storage solution requires a secure internet connection and may also require a monthly subscription depending on the amount of data. This eliminates the possibility of losing data and the hassle of having extra equipment to plug into one device.
Install Anti-Virus Software with Firewalls
Install a good anti-virus with firewall capabilities, which will protect the mobile station from malware, adware and viruses when surfing the web or accessing email attachments. Use the anti-virus software to schedule weekly deep scans in addition to daily quick scans.
A firewall will protect the system from any unwanted access within the public network. Hackers sniff for ports that are open on a device. When you access a web browser, a port is opened from your device and that is how a hacker can get in. It is also a best practice to clear your browser cache and only surf legitimate websites. For firewall notifications, use search engines to verify if the connection that is trying to gain access is legit or not.
Pay Attention to Your Password
Most likely, your hospital’s software includes a login with password and an auto-logout from inactivity feature. Also, make sure you create a good password – one that uses at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and is 8 character or more in length. Lastly, don’t store your password in the browser – that’s the same thing as not having a password!
Purchase a GPS Tracker
The same technology that is trusted to find lost or stolen cars is now available for laptops. LoJack helps businesses and consumers track, manage, secure and recover mobile computers. A remote wipe is also available. This GPS tracking technology would be extremely valuable to a physician whose laptop has been stolen. Not only can you help the police find the laptop quickly, you may also be able to avoid a situation where that person uses the patient data for identity theft or other crimes.
Secure Your Laptop Today
Not only are patient data breaches on the rise, so are the fines associated with the data breaches. Secure your laptop now to help avoid a potentially expensive situation in the future.