What You Don’t Know and Should Know About Passwords

Dermatology Times

J.D. Norcross

We use passwords for many thing in our personal and professional lives, from our emails and bills to our online banking. Likewise, you probably have one or several passwords for the management, data and scheduling systems in your practice. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean everything is always safe.

Throughout the years, there have been many large healthcare security breaches due to password hacking. In 2019, 41.4 million patient records were breached from a 49% increase in hacking. This year is on the same track, with millions of records breached from remote connection security issues, documents not being properly disposed of and phishing attacks. Health Share of Oregon, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, and Elite Emergency Physicians are just a few healthcare organizations who have had data breaches in 2020.1

Despite these issues, passwords are still a main source of security problems today. In many ways, your digital passwords are the keys to your office door. They unlock all the confidential, important information about your practice and patients. To keep it as safe as possible, there are some key things you should know about passwords that you may not.

Password Myths

There are a number of myths out there about digital passwords that have become widely accepted. Here are a few examples...

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