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How Can You Keep Your Data Safe from Hackers?

Written by Rose Torrento on Monday, April 24, 2017 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

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As a traveling nurse, you likely rely on Wi-Fi to send presentations via email and store your resume or private medical information in the cloud. How can you be sure your information is safe and remains safe? Are your devices and connections private?

You rely on regular contact and communication with your employer and agency while on the move as a traveling nurse. Here are three ways to make sure your data stays secure:

Be careful about social media sharing.

One perk that comes with being a travel nurse is discovering new cities, states, and countries. Naturally, your friends and family want to see you and your discoveries in social media pictures and read your posts.

Identity thieves, however, can capitalize on the otherwise innocent information you post to social media to answer your credential questions and gain account access. You should confine your social media sharing to a small group of trusted confidantes. Familiarize yourself with account settings to regulate the information others see, particularly on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t post your account, Social Security, addresses, or phone numbers — and never respond to online requests for this information.

Encrypt your data.

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It’s especially important you encrypt your data, especially that containing confidential information about patients or yourself. Windows and Apple users have access to encryption utilities to secure email accounts as well as notebooks, laptops, and desktop hard drives. It’s a good idea to take this extra step and encrypt your information — even in work settings where you may have secure connections.

Password-protect your devices.

Strong passwords, biometric protections, or both are good ways to keep your information secure, especially if you use your devices to access bank accounts or pay bills. Locked devices are much harder to compromise. Biometrics, such as iris or fingerprint scanners, can add an extra protective layer.

Even though identity thieves have found many ways to compromise data, using smart protection methods can help travel nurses and other professionals keep their most important data safe. Like preventive medicine, staying ahead of the threat is the best way to safeguard your data at all times.

At Health Providers Choice, we’re ready and willing to help you navigate the rapidly changing nursing world — and offer advice on how you can protect yourself from cybersecurity threats. Call us at 888-299-9800 or get in touch with us online for answers to the questions you’re seeking.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.