The future of otolaryngology is in your hands
As practice managers, administrators, coders and more, you are constantly challenged to promote the best in otolaryngology medicine across your region and across the country while simultaneously running a successful business. The Association of Otolaryngology Administrators is your partner to help make that happen.
The AOA is the only association dedicated to otolaryngology practice management. Our specialty-specific education, resources and networking opportunities will help take your practice to the next level and remain competitive in an uncertain time of healthcare.
08/08/2018 CYBER SECURITY: WHAT IS A COIN GENERATOR?
As our cyber generation evolves and moves into the workforce, employees are finding unique ways to generate extra passive income on our time. If you have a guest network or do not have website blocks on your workstation PCs, you could be opening yourself to more risks of HIPAA and/or cyber security breaches as well as slowing down your network to a crawl. Coin generators are web-based applications that use “bot technology” to launch several websites that allow the user to get paid by the click or by completing online surveys to view videos, marketing material, or other “customer feedback.” Payment is either made to the employee by PayPal or through gift cards. Users can have several internet windows open at one time running in the background, and the employee can easily get their work done with you being none the wiser. Many of us have some type of separate guest network for our patients that does not have any type of web block, so even though our internal network may be secure, the data is going through the same bandwidth channel. So, if someone brings in a tablet and hides it in their desk and runs multiple coin generator applications, they will eat up bandwidth and slow down performance of your EMR and other internal network systems. Some advice: Restrict your guest network activities to well-known sites that patients frequent such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and so forth.
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