Windows 7 is defunct. Now what?

How to stay secure while transitioning away from old software. Earlier this year Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 for good. But what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, Microsoft isn’t making any more updates or security patches for the operating system. This likely doesn’t mean your computer will stop working if you are running Windows 7, but it does …

The pandemic is changing just about everything, including the paper industry

Toilet paper is just the start. An unsettlingly familiar sight through the COVID-19 pandemic is empty grocery store shelves—especially in the toilet paper and paper towel aisle. It happened right away, social distancing was enforced, and the toilet paper started keeping its distance too. It seemed people were worried about being without and so they bought as much toilet paper …

Maintaining data security with your work from home employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The unprecedented, unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing thousands of organizations to send their employees home. Luckily, technology allows us to work from anywhere and maintain a relatively normal level of productivity. Still, this new, large-scale work-from-home migration creates several security challenges for individuals and businesses. Many of us are already making concessions and compromises to our …

Why office shredders aren’t as safe as you think

We hate to break it to you, but your office shredder isn’t cutting it—as far as data security goes. What was once a time-tested and go-to option for effective document destruction may not be as compliant as you think. While an in-office shredder has always been regarded as messy and time-consuming it was largely considered good enough.  But times have …

DataShield Helps the Citizens of Wayne with Unwanted Electronics

Saturday, September 24th marked the annual City of Wayne Green Team electronics recycling event with service provided by DataShield. For the fifth year in a row community members drove through and dropped off unwanted electronics. This event and others like it are aimed at keeping e-waste out of landfills through proper disposal. Using a firm like DataShield not only achieves …

What’s Your Personal Data Worth on the Dark Web?

Recent data breaches involving health insurance giant Anthem Inc. and Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals that operates in 29 states, has patients on high alert their personal information may be compromised. So just what is the cost for thieves to obtain your personal data including banking information, personal health records and even your Facebook account …

DataShield Acquires Kearney’s Shred N Store

DataShield, Nebraska’s fastest growing information security company, and Shred N Store, announce plans to merge as DataShield acquires the Kearney-based shredding company. As of July, 1, 2015, DataShield is servicing all Shred N Store accounts. Owners Bill Olson and his son Jon, chose DataShield due to the fact it’s nationally certified, locally owned and has a record of reliable service. …

Denver Pharmacy PHI Dump Results in $125,000 Fine

Think your small business is immune to a HIPAA fine? Think again. A small Denver pharmacy just got a large dose of reality—in the form of a $125,000 fine for throwing paper patient records in the dumpster. Officials learned of the data breach through a local news outlet regarding the disposal of unshredded documents containing the protected health information of …

Medical Identity Theft Affecting 1.84 Million U.S. Victims says Report

Consumer awareness lacking, as industry group is formed to address issue From www.healthcare-informatics.com by: John Gaspari Medical identity fraud has increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the U.S., affecting an estimated 1.84 victims and having a total out-of-pocket medical cost incurred by medical identity theft victims to be $12.3 billion. Those are takeaways of the 2013 …