All posts by Tony De Keizer

Cyber Security

Cyber security is everyone’s business

Do not underestimate the value of the data you hold. If accessed by the wrong people, information about your staff or clients can be used to commit fraud in their names, and pose a threat to your credibility. If your data is lost or compromised, it can be very difficult and costly to recover.

The following security tips will help you keep your business data secure:

  • Ensure your passwords are strong and secure, and use multi-factor authentication where possible. Regularly change passwords, and do not share them.
  • Remove system access from people who no longer need it, and limit access to only those needed to do their role.
  • Ensure all devices have the latest available security updates and run weekly anti-virus and malware scans.
  • Do not use USB or external hard drives from unfamiliar sources.
  • Use a spam filter on your email account and do not open any unsolicited messages. Be wary of downloading attachments or opening links in emails you have received, even if they’re from a person you know
  • Do not download programs or open attachments unless you know the program is legitimate.
  • Secure your wireless network and be careful when using public wireless networks. Avoid transacting online where you are using public or complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Be vigilant about what you share on social media – try to keep personal information private and be aware of who you’re interacting with.
  • Monitor your accounts for unusual activity or transactions.
  • Use a PO Box, or ensure your mail is secure.
  • Do not leave your information unattended. Secure your electronic devices.

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Reminder Email And SMS Issue

With the increase in the use of emails and SMS for reminders we have seen some practices experiencing bounced emails and non delivery of SMS’s due to email services incorrectly identifying the emails as spam and refusing to deliver them.  In OpenVPMS SMS ‘s are sent via an email to SMS service so they are effected as well.

To circumvent this it is important to make sure that:

All emails have a subject.

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What is ‘Open Source Software’?

The term “open source” refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.

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