Security breaches are all too common. Large leaks of user information have been reported from MySpace and LinkedIn. Millions of usernames and passwords have been grouped and sold on the dark web to the highest bidder. Even several high-profile accounts have been publicly hacked like Mark Zuckerberg (he made the all to common mistake of re-using passwords).
Your clinic is storing massive amounts of personal data and keeping it secure should be top priority.
Attackers Target Everyone
LinkedIn spokespeople said, following the LinkedIn data breach from 2012:
“We have invalidated the passwords of all accounts that were created prior to the 2012 breach that hadn’t updated their password since then, and that is, as we reported, more than 100 million people.”
At the end of the day, the security of your accounts comes down to you. Companies that keep your clinic’s data secure do an incredible job but they can’t stop someone who has your login details. Your practice’s information is safest when you make the extra effort to ensure it’s protected.
Where Do I Start?
If you haven’t already, start by creating strong passwords for your all your admin logins. Online password generators are an excellent resource, automatically creating randomly generated passwords.
Here are a couple of our general guidelines to creating strong passwords:
- Use unique passwords for each different account.
- Passwords should have 16 or more characters.
- Do not use words, names, or number codes (ex. phone numbers or social insurance number).
- Do not save your password on your browser.
- Change your password every 10 weeks.
No matter the size of your practice, you want to ensure the security of all your patients’ information. Don’t let weak login details be your point of entry, set up a strong first line of defense.