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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): is a regulation that mandates national standards and procedures for the storage, use, and transmission of personal medical information. Passed into law in 1996, HIPAA has caused a great deal of change in healthcare recordkeeping. HIPAA covers three areas—confidentiality, privacy, and the …

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Cookies and Attachments

Cookies and Attachments

Cookies and Attachments: Cookies are texts files that a browser maintains on the user’s hard disk in order to provide a persistent, customized web experience for each visit. A cookie typically contains information about the user. For example, a cookie can contain a client’s history to improve customer services. If …

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ACL: Access Control Lists

Access Control Lists

Access Control Lists: Related to permissions is the concept of the access control lists (ACL). An ACL is literally a list of who can access what resource and at what level. It can be an internal part of an operating system or application. For example, a custom application might have …

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Malicious Insider Threats

Malicious Insider Threats

Malicious Insider Threats: One of the most dangerous threats to any network is an insider who is intent on doing harm. By being an insider, they have already gotten past your first defense and they might be motivated by a desire to make someone pay for passing them over for …

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Managing Spam to Avoid Viruses

Managing Spam to Avoid Viruses

Managing Spam to Avoid Viruses: Although spam is not truly a virus or a hoax, it is one of the most annoying things with which an administrator must contend. Spam is defined as any unwanted, unsolicited email, and not only can the sheer volume of it be irritating, but it …

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How Viruses Work

How Viruses Work

How Viruses Work: A virus, in most cases, tries to accomplish one of two things: render your system inoperable or spread to other systems. Many viruses will spread to other systems given the chance and then render your system unusable. This is common with many of the newer viruses. If …

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Finding the IP address of a Website

Finding the IP address of a Website

Finding the IP Address of a Website: This exercise will show you how to obtain the information about a website by using the ping and tracert.   On a Windows system, open the command prompt and enter the following command: ping jahasoft.com   Note the IP address that is returned, …

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Hacking: Generic Example of Cyber Crime

Hacking: Generic Example of Cyber Crime

Generic Examples of Cyber Crime: Hacking is by no means a new phenomenon; it has existed in one form or another since the 1960s. For only a portion of the time since then has hacking been viewed as a crime and a situation that needs to be addressed.   Here …

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