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Information Technology E-Newsletter: August 2011

Smart Phones Are Little Computers… Treat Them That Way
by Jeff Beller, Principal – Skoda Minotti Technology Services

As smart phones have increased in sophistication, so has their use.  I personally find myself spending more time checking e-mail, browsing the web and using Internet-enabled apps on my iPhone than I do on my laptop. 

Apple has worked very hard to secure their iOS operating system.  One of the main approaches they've used is that they've limited devices to only install apps from the iPhone AppStore.

For end users who want more, and want access to "unofficial" apps, the process of "jailbreaking" has emerged (allowing access to apps not officially approved by Apple).

Click here to read more on jailbreaking and the security issues it brings.

HIPAA Gets Tough on Healthcare Organizations – Threatens Stiff Penalties for Lack of Email Security
by Brian Rosenfelt, Principal – Skoda Minotti Technology Services

The Federal Government has recently revamped the HIPAA (Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and made some very clear statements – if you are a health care organization and you don't rigorously protect your patients' personal health information, you could pay up to $1.5 million in fines. 

As part of the Heath Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed last year as an addition to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all Protected Health Information (PHI) must be secured, and only transmitted electronically if it is unreadable by a third party.

Click here to read more about HIPAA and email security.

Looking for Ways to Speed Up Your Computer?

Its always an exciting day – the day you bring home a brand new computer. And man, does it work fast!  You just can't fathom how you actually survived using the old one. 

But then, it happens… over time, that once new and exciting computer starts to get slower… and slower… and slower.

Some people might not know that, just like your car needs maintenance, your computer needs regular maintenance in order to keep it running optimally. Click here for some tips on how you can keep your computer running fast.

Skoda Minotti Technology Services Group Becomes 3CX Certified

Skoda Minotti Technology Services Group has successfully fulfilled the requirements to become a 3CX Certified Partner. Earning this qualification validates the group's ability to offer the highest level of support for new and existing users of the 3CX phone system.

The 3CX phone system is an Internet Protocol (IP) Private branch exchange (PBX) system. An IP PBX is a business telephone system designed to deliver voice or video over a data network and interoperate with the normal Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

"Working with 3CX enables our Technology Services Group to offer a highly functioning IP PBX to businesses at a very affordable price," says Technology Services Group Principal, Brian Rosenfelt, CPA. "And, because it's web-based, it's incredibly scalable and easy to manage."

For more information on Skoda Minotti Technology Partners, call 440-449-6800.

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