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GDPR: LuxSci Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions Changes

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

On the 25th of May 2018 a new data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will take effect in the European Union. The GDPR aims to strengthen the data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU and brings with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. Based on privacy-by-design and taking a risk-based approach, the GDPR has been designed to meet the requirements of the digital age.

The 21st Century brings with it broader use of technology, new definitions of what constitutes personal data, and a vast increase in cross-border processing. The new Regulation aims to standardize data protection laws and processing across the EU; affording individuals stronger, more consistent rights to access and control their personal information.

Gdpr Protection Business Regulation General

To ensure that LuxSci is ready for the GDPR, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Master Services Agreement (MSA) to comply.  There is now a “GDPR Data Privacy Addendum” to our MSA that is automatically included in all contracts with existing and future customers and which, together with LuxSci’s participation in and certified compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield,  provides the required contractual framework for ensuring that our customers are GDPR compliant when using LuxSci as a data processor.   The changes to LuxSci’s privacy policy and MSA are effective as of May 23rd, 2018.

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TLS Exclusive: HIPAA-compliant email marketing just got a whole lot better

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

If you are a healthcare organization and have to abide by HIPAA regulations, you may be struggling with HIPAA-compliant email marketing.  Besides getting patient consent, there is the whole concern that the marketing email messages need to be secured, as in many cases the marketing messages plus the addresses or list being used imply something about the recipients … something ePHI-related.

SMTP TLS Exclusive

It is a best practice to use a HIPAA-compliant email marketing service to send healthcare-related email marketing messages, newsletters, appointment reminder emails, etc.  Such a service signs the required HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with you, takes care of your data, and ensures that your email messages go securely to your recipients.

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SecureForm Updates: New Look and New Integrations

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

In December, 2017, LuxSci released SecureForm FormBuilder 2.0 —  significant update that included user interface improvements together with new features like drag-and-drop, enhanced responsive form support, and more support for standard third-party JavaScript libraries.  Since then, we have been busily working on a number of significant improvements to SecureForm itself.  These are now available to all customers and include:

  1. Improved and simplified SecureForm user interface
  2. All of the places that you can send or save your form data have been recoded into “Integrations”
  3. We have added two new Integrations: Webhook and Slack
  4. It is now easy for LuxSci to extend SecureForm with new third-party integrations

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2017 at LuxSci: Some very popular advancements!

Friday, December 29th, 2017

2017 has come and gone.  Just like in 2016, LuxSci has continued to add features and policies to improve our services and the security of our customers.  In 2017, the most significant changes revolve around SecureForm Form Builder, user authentication / identity verification, and email smart hosting from GSuite and Office365.

Beyond features, 2017 has brought changes to LuxSci’s marketing and customer outreach, branding, communication and sales teams.  We are very excited for the positive impact these changes will have in 2018 and the closer communication we will have with current and new customers going forward through Webinars, conferences, and other avenues!

2017 @ LuxSci

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SecureForm FormBuilder v2.0 Released

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

FormBuilder v2.0 has just been released.  FormBuilder allows users of all skill levels to create and host secure web-based forms that are tightly integrated with the SecureForm form data processing, storage, and delivery service.

FormBuilder v2.0 includes a number of highly requested enhancements.  These include:

  1. Drag-and-drop form building
  2. Responsive design, including:
    1. Responsively sized form fields and tables
    2. Bootstrap-based responsive grids
  3. Simplified user interface
  4. Easy inclusion of Bootstrap and jQuery UI libraries

FormBuilder 2.0’s changes are also forward looking.  It is designed so that it will be easy to add more “drag-and-drop” interface elements and common JavaScript libraries in the future.  And we have lots of great ideas in mind here!

FormBuilder Overview Video

If you would like a tour of using FormBuilder, we have prepared a video.

A Comparison of Email Backup Policy of Popular Email Services

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Do you use email backup in your practice? Make a smart choice by comparing the backup policies of popular email solution providers.

Privacy concerns are constantly rising especially following the revelations by Edward Snowden. Now, the big question is “Do the popular email services in the US retain your data forever?” In order to find an appropriate answer, we examined the email backup policies of 7 popular providers.

Data breaches and privacy concerns make headlines for they have a direct impact on an individual’s private life. Going by the news of mass surveillance by government authorities, it is natural for you to be extra cautious about protecting your privacy. After all, nobody wants to get exposed although a bit of exhibitionism resides in each of us.

Email backup and restore solutions

The US government is pressing technology giants to reveal what they have in their “box” (or your inbox). Apple reported that it received the highest number of security requests for data from the US government this year.

Considering the “attacks” from both the government and hackers, it is imperative for you to learn how these email services ensure that your data remain safe.

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Encrypted Messaging App: A Comparison of the Top 7 Apps

Friday, October 20th, 2017

An encrypted messaging app ensures that real-time communication is secure. Compare the security features of top apps and know your alternatives.

The need for encrypted messaging apps continues to climb, especially after the shocking revelations by Edward Snowden. Instant messaging (IM) offers a more convenient and more real-time mode of communication compared to email. Moreover, IM is better than SMS (regular texting) when it comes to security.

Encrypted Messaging Apps: How Secure Are They?

However, not all the messaging apps are created equal. In fact, the level of security varies significantly among the available apps. You ned to be able to differentiate a great encrypted messaging app from a merely good one. If you are looking for an encrypted messaging app for health information exchange, HIPAA-compliance should be your first priority.

This article compares the features, particularly the degree of security, among the top encrypted messaging apps. Also, you will learn what other options are available.

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Setting up Google Authenticator for Two-Factor Authentication with LuxSci

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

LuxSci now supports Google Authenticator for Two-Factor authentication to WebMail.  Setup is simple; this video walks you through setting it up.

How Did Russia Hack the Vote? Are Our Elections Secure?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

With all the talk of Russia influencing the election through the DNC hacks and fake news, we are finally realizing just how open the political process is to manipulation. One aspect that had taken a backseat until recently was how the votes themselves can be tampered with.

Over the last month, we have uncovered more and more information about just how severe the hacks were. At this stage, it is confirmed that 39 states had their voter registration databases accessed, although officials assume that attempts were made to break into all 50.

There was at least once incidence of voter data being altered, however it was detected and rectified without any long term damage. Almost 90,000 records were accessed and stolen from Illinois, 90% of which contained details such as drivers license numbers and the last for digits of an individuals’ Social Security number.

Officials are stating that these hacks didn’t influence the results of the election, as no databases were permanently changed. Some have suggested that the only reason the damage wasn’t worse is because US intelligence agencies caught onto the attacks and the Government issued Russia a stern warning.

Is Voting Secure?

Given that another country clearly had the chance to tamper with the voting process, it’s time to reevaluate our election security. How can we bolster our defenses to prevent further attacks? First, we need to understand which parts of the system are vulnerable.

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Email Encryption Showdown: SMTP TLS vs PGP vs S/MIME vs Portal Pickup

Monday, May 29th, 2017

While messaging apps may have become more popular over the last ten or so years, email remains an important method of communication, particularly for business. Despite its common use, there are many security problems associated with regular email:

Message Tampering

False messages are a significant threat, particularly when it comes to business and legal issues. Imagine someone else sends an email from your account – how can you prove it wasn’t you? There are many viruses that spread in this way, and with regular email, there is no concrete way to tell whether a message is false or not.

Email Encryption

Normal emails can also be modified by anyone with system-administrator access to the SMTP servers that your emails pass through. They can alter or completely delete the message, and your recipient has no way of knowing if the message has been tampered with or not.

In the same way, messages can be saved by the SMTP system administrator, then altered and sent again at a later time. This means that subsequent messages may appear valid, even if they are actually just copies that have been faked.

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