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What You Need to Know about Windows 10 Privacy Settings

The Microsoft Windows 10® upgrade introduced many new fun and exciting features and capabilities, and these new features introduced new security items to consider.*
*This article makes no recommendations, only suggestions; it is intended to help readers become aware of the privacy settings present with Windows 10.

Windows 10 tracks, stores, and uses a considerable amount of personal information by default.  Much of the information collected is useful and makes for a great user experience. However, in the business world, some information may be better kept private. Microsoft allows the user to control most settings easily and provides methods to control all settings, if necessary.

These controls are appropriately located under the “Settings” option; launch “Settings” and then select “Privacy” to find a listing of items that have privacy controls settings.

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It is important to be aware of what is enabled by default. While the HIPAA security rule does not specify operating system requirements1, and there have been no guidelines published by a regulatory agency, it is prudent to know about privacy settings and how they can be controlled. Below are two important examples:

Speech, Inking, & Typing

This is also the setting for Cortana, which is not revealed until selected.  This feature collects considerable data and may be a setting to consider turning off depending on the use of the computer and what data is stored on the machine.

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Pharmacist Role in Zika Preparedness

Summertime and warmer weather mean kids are out of school with summer vacations planned; it’s wedding season with honeymoons to follow; it’s also mosquito season. With mosquitos comes the threat of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease1 with mild symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis that can last from a few days to a week2; Zika has also been linked to birth defects. The threat of Zika brings the opportunity for your pharmacy to become a resource with pharmacist counseling and patient preparedness to your traveling customers.

*Offer Zika virus informational brochures and travel tips.

If you have customers traveling to a destination with Zika virus transmissions reported, (click here for an up-to-date list) remind them to pack or purchase mosquito repellent products containing DEET, IR3535, or eucalyptus oil as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).3 The Zika-carrying mosquitos usually bite during the daytime, so it is also important to wear clothing that covers all body parts, and to stay indoors where there is air conditioning or at least screens on the doors and windows.4

*Stock up on mosquito repellent.

Scott Weaver, a virologist from the University of Texas Medical Branch, urges anyone traveling in the Zika affected-zones to be conscientious with mosquito repellent not just while there, but also for two weeks after they return, to be sure that they do not accidentally transmit the disease to mosquitos in the United States.1 Read full article >