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HIPAA Compliant Emails Sent From your Web Site: Best Practices

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

You buy a HIPAA compliant web hosting infrastructure.  You configure your web site to send out email messages in the simplest way, e.g. through PHP mail, or some other generic and standard mechanism.  You think you are all set — but you are not.

HIPAA compliant web hosting services provide a server infrastructure that allows you to be compliant; however, it doesn’t make you compliant.  Your web designers must make choices and program your site so that it properly respects ePHI.  If they do not do all the appropriate things, you will be out of compliance.  E.g. see: 7 steps to make your web site HIPAA-secure.

In particular, email messages sent in the “normal way” from a web site will go out insecurely in a way that will violate the HIPAA Security Rule if they contain ePHI of any kind.  E.g. they will not be encrypted and will not be archived.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about SSL Certificates

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

SSL certificates are pervasively used on the Internet for securing all the data sent between servers, devices, clouds, phones, computers, etc.  SSL certificates are intrinsic in the encryption of communications using  “SSL and TLS” (how do these work?  What is the difference?) — you can’t have secure communications without them!

In this article, we answer many common and not-so-common questions about SSL certificates.

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Reports: Web Site Analytics and Logs at LuxSci

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

LuxSci captures log files and creates automatic basic web site analytic reports for its web hosting customers.  This article provides an overview of what reports are available, where to access them, and recommendations for getting more advanced web site analytics.

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Web Form To Email – Doesn’t Get Any Easier!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

One of the most ubiquitous parts of a web site is the “contact us” form.  Other types of forms abound  — for collecting customer requests, quote requests, surveys, customer feed back, etc.  In the vast majority of cases, all of these forms send their data to a program on the web server which collects the data and sends someone an email message with the content.  Web form to email.

Quick and easy.  However, the quick and easy solutions to setting this up do not take care of things such as:

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Recipe: Completely Secure Collection of Web Form Data using SSL and PGP or S/MIME

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The situation: your organization needs to collect information from clients through from(s) on your web site, but that information is sensitive. So, you need to be absolutely sure that the information is transferred from the users of your web site to you in as secure a fashion as possible. This means that

  1. no one but you (or optionally your authorized staff) can intercept or read the information,
  2. the information is never stored insecurely anywhere
  3. the information cannot be modified without your knowledge

Why would this high level of security and privacy be necessary? There are many cases where they are essential; some of these include:

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