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Monday Technology Tip- Security for Medical Transcription from Home

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 02:12 PM

PC SecurityMost of us are doing medical transcription from home. This is the main reason many choose this career over others. Working remotely can offer a lot of freedom; however, there is a need to take steps to secure your systems. In this virtual environment, it is critical that we take reasonable precautions to protect our computers. We will discuss some FREE options that can provide the protection you will need.

Antivirus
If you are doing medical transcription from home, or anything from your computer, you must have antivirus. It is not an option. The potential danger for those without it is high. Below are some free options.

Firewall
One of the things which makes this industry so great is the ability to do medical transcription from home; however, it is also a potential security issue. Computers need to connect to legitimate systems to download course materials while in school or to receive and send transcription assignments from an employer. A firewall is a must to ensure only those who should be connecting to your computer have the ability to do so

  • Windows Firewall. This comes with Windows XP security pack and beyond. It is not a bad firewall, but there are better ones. Just be sure you do not turn this one off if it is your firewall of choice. Many disable it for some reason and never turn it back on.
  • Zone Alarm- A free firewall that is extremely popular and easy to use. 
  • Comodo

Spyware
Many antivirus or other security packages offer spyware options. That being said, there are some simple to use free options that will benefit you while you begin your career in medical transcription from home.


If you simply go through each of the three sections, choose, and install one of the options you will drastically reduce the likelihood of having an adverse encounter with something trying to mess with your computer. When something is simple AND free, there is really no excuse not to do it. 

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