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HIPAA TIPS: Mobile Device Compliance Part 5

Install and enable a firewall

What is a firewall?

What is a firewall?

A personal firewall can protect against unauthorized connections by intercepting incoming and outgoing connection attempts and blocking or permitting them based on a set of rules.

Why should you enable or install a firewall?

When you enable or install a firewall, you increase the security for your mobile device and the privacy of the health information on or accessed through the mobile device.

How can you enable or install a firewall?

If your operating system has a built-in firewall, you should enable it. You will need to research your operating system to find out how to enable the firewall. You can also download and install a firewall on your mobile device. Research software before downloading it to your mobile device to verify it is from a trusted source.

Source: Mobile Devices Privacy and Security