The Internet is too big and complicated to monitor activities and since it's mostly an open public ground, organizations and individuals are responsible for their security issues. The question is; are we safe behind anti-virus software? Do we consider what goes on when those LED's on our ADSL modems blink? Or how many of us really check security or system logs on Windows or network devices? I guess not many people do that.
But we do not acknowledge the Internet as something complex and tough. So maybe we can continue assuming it's as easy as it was and keep ourselves secure at the same time. There's a simple way to do that, called "packet filtering" which comes by with most of the network devices having a WAN interface, including ADSL modems. It basically stops all inbound traffic from the Internet unless you allow it specifically, or open a 'path' by sending data via a specific port which is blocked for inbound by default. Take port 80 for example, nobody from google.com can connect to your computer by default, but when you open your browser and point it to http://www.google.com you simply begin a two-way traffic, and this allows inbound data to your PC.
It's a simple and effective way to protect many PCs connected to the Internet. Such that you'll know what can not get into your PC.
On the other hand you can even monitor all of the traffic, inbound and outbound, any protocol and any port connection using an expensive but effective solution called "ISA Server" . You can even block any program or traffic that can be potentially used by a program with it. But this solution mostly is for organizations that have to maintain security for many PCs.
As the conclusion, security is an important topic, and there are many web pages that can give you detailed information on what to use and how to use to maintain secure connections. You can check manufacturers' pages, like Microsoft, Cisco, US Robotics, LinkSys etc. You can also check my web page http://techpilgrim.awardspace.com for a brief entry on that topic.
Until next time, stay secure. …
Personal injury law firms and specifically mass tort departments increasingly find themselves working with virtual companies and/or adding a virtual component to their practice. This allows staff to focus on other aspects of their case load and other operational functions. Medical records are essential for personal injury cases, and a timely and smooth process is important to ensure proper discovery. Thus, outsourcing medical records management adds a professional process to personal injury law firms.
Outsourced Medical Records Management-How can a virtual team help?
Client Questionnaires – In most cases, the Discovery process starts with clients completing a client questionnaire. The tasks of contacting clients and completing the questionnaire via the telephone can be outsourced to a virtual team. This will include calling the client to uncover key medical elements such as doctor’s information including dates of visits, surgery dates, and/or relevant drug use. This will allow the legal assistants within the law firm time to focus on other tasks and will save the firm time and money in the early stages of the case.
Medical Records Retrieval – After the medical and provider information has been collected and a HIPAA Authorization Form has been obtained by the client, the medical records retrieval process can commence. This process includes the requestor submitting requests with the HIPAA form to Healthcare Organizations including Release of Information, Health Information Management, and Medical Records Departments. The method of retrieval will depend on the department or organizations’ processes and policies. In some cases, the request can be faxed and in other cases the requests must be sent with an original signature. Outsourcing the retrieval process can be a win for most law firms because the process can be time consuming and is an important part of winning cases.
Follow up calls to alleviate backlog – A big part of medical records retrieval and management is the outbound call process. Several follow up calls must be made. This is another key area in which outsourcing will help alleviate backlogs among the law firm’s legal and administrative staff. This process is twofold:
1. Making follow up calls to requestees to first ensure receipt of the request and to stay on top of the workflow and estimated time of arrival of the records. In some cases, this may mean 2-10 calls per month.
2. Secondly, the follow call ensures or uncovers any missing information or the need to resubmit records. In many cases, the health organizations and records departments subcontract the records process to a copying service and/or online health portal companies and calls must be made to these companies as well. This arduous task can easily be outsourced to assist the firm.
Eliminating Overwhelm – Working with a virtual support person or team can change morale for the better in law firms. If your legal assistant staff is overwhelmed, outsourcing some of their tasks can help alleviate their workload and cut down on staff overwhelm. This includes the medical records retrieval process in both whole or in part. …
Your heart is pounding, your head pulsating and every fiber of your being is feeling tingly. This is the thrill of your first time behind the wheel. They are the same feelings you will experience when you encounter your first accident. As drivers, teenagers are the most prone to accidents because of their newness to driving on the road. For this reason, auto insurance for students can be very expensive. While hoping for the best while driving, you should prepare for the worst.
As so many young adult drivers die in car accidents, it is now mandatory in many states to obtain what is called a "Graduated Driver License." This license allows young drivers provisioning driving authority for 6 to 12 months. A fully licensed driver has to be, at all times, in the car with them. After the provisional period, written and driving tests are required. Upon passing, they will be issued a license allowing them to drive independently. There will be strings attached, however, that may include a limited amount of passengers and restrictions on the usage of cell phones and driving at night. Do not knock it, because statistics show this system works … the reduced number of teenage accidents have been well documented. Want cheaper rates? Follow the advice below: Be sure your grades are at least a B average, as insurance companies believe students with higher grades are more responsible. Complete a driver's education class and advise your insurance company.
Also, let the insurance company know if you are driving on a limited basis, as you may be entitled to a discount. Example: if you are staying on campus and drive your vehicle only on the weekends or holidays. And here's one last tip that might cost you a few dollars now but could save you from considering loss in the future. Make inquiries in regard to renters insurance. Being young, what kind of assets could you have, right? You might be surprised! In that backpack – do you have an iPod? A cell phone? A laptop? They could all add up to a substantial loss if lost or stolen. So purchase a simple renters insurance policy and do not worry … if something happens – you're covered. It's called "piece of mind guaranteed." …