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HIPAA Security Reminder of the Week

Avoid Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Millions of people use free Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing programs / software to swap files over the Internet.

P2P can make files on your computer available to potentially millions of users.

Sharing copyrighted material over a P2P network may result in legal action against both the user and your company.

P2P applications may also serve as an entry point for computer viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other malicious software. These scenarios are especially dangerous if your computer contains or accesses systems containing sensitive information such as Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).

Never install P2P applications on your company computer without the explicit approval or authorization of your IT Department and HIPAA Security Official. If you have any of these programs installed, you should probably uninstall any unauthorized P2P applications immediately.