How secure is your password? Do you use the same password for all, or many of, your online accounts? Do you use your mother's maiden name? Do you always use your pet's name? Do you write down your password near your computer? Do you have a password on your computer?
Passwords are one of the most common security holes for everyone (work and home). You probably lock your front door, lock up your patient records, and even set an alarm, but most people do not abide by the basic rules of password security. Why? Because there are passwords for everything and we all end up struggling with all the passwords we need to remember. If you have a different password for every online account, computer and voicemail, how in the world can you remember them all?
There are some steps you can take right now to help reduce your risk of identity theft, or security breaches. Don't wait - take steps TODAY!
Regardless of whether or not you are a HIPAA covered entity (these days most healthcare organizations are), your office's Policies and Procedures Manual MUST include a section on passwords and security. Employees need to have password guidelines regarding how to protect both office and patient information included as part of their periodic staff training. Find-A-Code's Complete & Easy HIPAA Compliance offers a HIPAA Compliance Audit which walks you through the steps necessary to identify privacy and security shortcomings. Passwords are part of this audit process. Our HIPAA Compliance book also includes the logs, guidelines, and policy templates you need to get your organization started.
Don't do the following:
There is so much personal information available on the web, that guessing is very easy to do - especially for a disgruntled employee who knows you personally.
Do the following:
There are many good password manager programs on the market that can help you create and safely maintain unique passwords (e.g., LastPass, Roboform). PC Magazine has a good article about password managers and even rates the different programs for you. CLICK HERE to read their informative article.
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