Another Incident of Inadvertent Personal Data Release at OHSU

In another example of just how easy it is to accidentally release confidential personal data, here is an article of another incident occurring at OHSU. Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of confidential personal data being lost or stolen at this institution, similar events occurring in 2008 and 2009. However, what this underscores is the need for a system to be in place to help safeguard this information.
Here’s the link to the article, read it carefully. http://www.phiprivacy.net/?p=9878

More Power Computers Inc Introduces More Power Technology Group

More Power Technology Group has created a new division dedicated to helping organizations comply with government-mandated information security compliance requirements.

Rainier, Or. August 1, 2012 – With the rapid pace of technology and the proliferation of the internet and mobile technologies, many organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the security and compliance challenges of protecting their business and customer information. Recognizing this challenge, More Power Computers, an IT products and services firm serving the lower Columbia region since 1994, today announced the formation of ‘More Power Technology Group’ to assist organizations needing to keep vital business and customer information safe and secure and in compliance with new government-mandated information security laws.

By addressing the unique needs of organizations, as opposed to home users and individuals, More Power Technology Group will help organizations to secure their vital information and avoid costly security breaches and data losses. “Our new business division will provide business solutions that combine a unique set of skills, knowledge and experience that can be found nowhere else in our industry. Our extensive experience with technology, combined with our expertise and certifications in security and compliance requirements enables us to not only assess needs, but to recommend and implement solutions as well.” said Mike Leiker, President of More Power Computers. “It is a unique and ideal combination that provides a one-stop solution for any organization concerned about the security of their network and data.”
Headquartered in Rainier, Oregon and now with offices in Vancouver and Kennewick Washington, More Power Technology Group’s proven remote capabilities enables them to react to and implement solutions throughout the region with a minimum of lead time.
More Power Computers enjoys an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, has achieved an A+ Gold certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association, and has been certified as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller.
For more information, go to www.MorePowerTech.com or call 888.556.8049.
More Power Technology Group was founded in 1994 as More Power Computers, Inc. Since that time it has built an exceptional reputation in the Pacific Northwest by abiding to a simple philosophy of using its experience and expertise in technology to empower customers to achieve their business and personal objectives. Commitment to this philosophy has allowed More Power Computers to enjoy strong growth over the last eighteen years, even in tough economic times and with the ever-changing demands of the marketplace.
From its humble beginnings as a small retail store in Rainier Oregon offering new and used computer parts and simple PC repair services, it has grown to include a wide range of business solutions based upon industry-wide best practices, the best in proven technologies, and the best technical and support staff anywhere.
CompTIA A+ Authorized GOLD Service Center™ is a designation the Better Business Bureau recommends consumers use to determine a reseller’s level of commitment to computer service quality. The designation is awarded by CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association™, the voice of the world’s $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments.

More Power Computers, a member of CompTIA, is headquartered in Rainier, Oregon and can be reached at 888.556.8049.

Uh oh, the Internet is gone!

A common attack performed on user’s computers that we resolve involves changes to how a computer connects to the Internet.  The DNS settings on a PC or Mac help it to determine how to  change URLs, such as www.google.com, into IP addresses.  There are many variants of malware out in the wild that currently target these settings and exhibit this behavior as part of its payload.

What does this mean for infected users?  Users with machines affected by this sort of attack are routed to an altered Internet experience – one in which the attackers have a high level of control over what pages are presented and available for viewing.  Often times, they will route you to fake products which if purchased, results in monetary gain for themselves.

Through our malware and virus removal programs and services, we have seen this sort of attack on a number of machines in recent years.  The FBI has identified a number of rogue servers that host and service this attack and had put up replacements in their stead but that is soon to change.  In a recent announcement, these servers will be taken down and anyone that had been directed to them will then appear to have lost access to the Internet.   All attempts to access the Internet these machines will result in a dead end for network traffic.  The currently implemented solution is set to expire July 9th.

It is important that users verify whether or not their machines have been affected by this malware attack before this deadline.  Contact us and we can help ensure the safety of your Internet browsing experience.