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Three Levels of Security

August 16th, 2007 · No Comments

It is useful to think about computer security in relationship to physical office security. A computer password can be thought of as a lock and key.
The first level of security, the windows logon, is like the key to the office door. If you don’t have that key you can’t get into anything.
The second level is application passwords. These are like keys to the filing cabinets. This key allows you to get into the charts. However there is still a locked drawer in the Dr.’s office
The third level of security is like the key to the locked drawer where the cash and checkbook is kept.

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Electronic Signatures

August 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Here is a link to electronic signature pads. They start at about $400. I am using one of these with DentForms and it works well. You can also use them to sign Dr. Notes, Signature on file and any other paper we have had to sign in the past.

The ePad family of signature input devices enables you to capture legally-binding handwritten electronic signatures, eliminating the need for wet-ink on paper. Our comprehensive product offering covers the full spectrum of esignature processes and environments, from the field to retail office to high-security workflow applications.
Every member of the ePad family comes bundled with Interlink’s standard esignature software, IntegriSign Desktop. Once your ePad is installed, you’re ready to esign!
Electronic signatures, ePad signature capture pads [1].

[1] http://www.interlinkelectronics.com/index.php?id=NDMw

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Tags: Administrative · Hardware · Security

BackUp is Not Optional

August 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

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Semi Trucks and Six Packs

July 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

InneRAID® Duo The InneRAID® Duo is a robust and easy-to-use internal RAID solution for protecting data and ensuring system availability. It offers a turn-key solution by a rugged disk enclosure with hot-swappable trays, durable fan cooler, and reliable RAID controller. Using SATA host interface and 100% hardware RAID approach, InneRAID® Duo is definitely the excellent RAID solution for various applications.
ACCUSYS: The RAID Architect- Products : InneRAID: ACS-75200 [1].
Look at this site for some reliable and reasonable priced RAID options. When your hardware guy trys to sell you a RAID 5 SCSI set up for $2,000 say what about this, its only $250?
RAID 5 is an excellent system for data security it is just a lot more than most dentists need, it is like using a semi truck to haul a six pack.

[1] http://www.accusys.com.tw/eng/products_inneraid_75200.asp

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Tags: Hardware · Security

Security Super Guide -Review by PC Magazine

July 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Spyware, adware, viruses and Trojans are lurking online, waiting to infest your computer. All could easily cripple your PC if you’re not careful. Worse yet, hackers could steal important personal information. If that’s not enough to send you hiding under the covers, you also have to find a way to keeps your kids safe online. Scary? You bet. Unmanageable? Not at all. Pull the covers off you head and listen to us. Our super security guide will help you wise up and stay safe.
Security Super Guide – Security Super Guide – Review by PC Magazine [1].
Read the whole article, there is even a complete guide on how to set up a pretty good security system for free.

[1] http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2102486,00.asp

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Tags: Security · Websites & Internet

Is That A Hard Drive in Your Pocket?

July 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Is That A Hard Drive in Your Pocket?
You can take it with you after all. External storage is becoming sleek and svelte and insanely portable. We have three pocket hard drives to always keep your files on hand.
By Tony Hoffman Some external hard drives are bulky, hold massive amounts of data, and require their own power supply. Not so the new breed of portable hard drives. They’re pocketable—especially in winter. They draw all their power from your computer’s USB connection. And they hold far more data than a thumb drive. Pocket hard drives? If you have data to transfer, don’t leave home without one
Is That A Hard Drive in Your Pocket? – – Review by PC Magazine [1].

[1] http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2159695,00.asp

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Mirrors and RAID

July 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Mirrored server hard drives are a great idea in the dental office. A mirrored hard drive also called a RAID array (Random Array of Inexpensive Disks) copies all the essential data instantly to a second hard drive. This gives you great protection against hardware failures.
RAID systems can be set up in five different arrays ranging from RAID 0 to RAID 5. In dentistry we do not need fancy (and expensive) SCSI RAID 5 systems. A simple (and inexpensive) IDE mirror works great.
Two vendors make IDE RAID controllers Arco form Florida www.arcoide.com [1] and Accusys from Taiwan. www.accusysusa.com [2]. An IDE system including two hard drives and installation should cost less than $500.
 

[1] http://www.arcoide.com/
[2] http://www.accusysusa.com/

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Wallet Flash Drive the size of Credit Card

July 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Check out this 2GB memory card that is the size of a credit card. You could easily store critical office data on the card and then carry it in your wallet just like a credit card. The data could be used as a second off site back up that is always with you.
It would also be a great way to transfer images or a patient record to a colleague you are meeting for lunch, or carrying around any data you want to keep safe and handy.

Wallet Flash Drive the size of Credit Card 128 MB to 2GB
Wallet Flash Drive the size of Credit Card 128 MB to 2GB on L Gadgets [1].

[1] http://www.lgadgets.info/wallet-flash-drive-the-size-of-credit-card-128-mb-to-2gb/

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Tags: Hardware · Just for Fun · Security

Legality of Electronic Signatures

July 12th, 2007 · No Comments

The following comes from:

TITLE I—ELECTRONIC RECORDS AND
SIGNATURES IN COMMERCE

SEC. 101. GENERAL RULE OF VALIDITY.

(a) I
N GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any statute, regulation, or
other rule of law (other than this title and title II), with respect
to any transaction in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce—
(1) a signature, contract, or other record relating to such
transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability
solely because it is in electronic form; and
(2) a contract relating to such transaction may not be
denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because
an electronic signature or electronic record was used in its
formation.
Of course this is a law written by lawyers so it can not be as simple as these two paragraphs in fact there are a total of 13 pages you can find here. [1]

[1] http://www.medictalk.com/legal/s761.pdf

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Tags: Administrative · Just for Fun · Security

CMS Velocity2 RAID Backup System

March 6th, 2007 · No Comments

CMS Velocity2 RAID Backup System – Review by PC Magazine [1]
It’s a matter of time before the drive(s) in your mission-critical desktop or workstation fail. The Velocity2 RAID Backup System is a “belt and suspenders” type of backup drive, but if you’re the kind of user who regularly burns out hard drives, it’s the drive you’re looking for.
Blazingly fast drive transfer. RAID 0, 1, JBOD, single-volume compliant. Relatively quiet. User-serviceable drives. Uses standard SATA drives as replacements. Includes comprehensive backup utility. Compact chassis. Quick and easy to configure. Tool-less drive replacement.
Quite pricey on a per-GB basis.
This system in PC Magazine could be a great security system for a dental office. It is a bit expensive, the 500GB version goes for about $1,100. However that is still a lot less than the $4,000 RAID V systems many vendors want to sell us. Follow the link for details including a photo, it looks like a space age toaster.

[1] http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2097733,00.asp

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Tags: Hardware · Security