Have you watched movies, or read books where medicine did not exist and home remedies were the only option? Then medicine came to being and that brought us millions of doctors to specialize in them. As the diseases grew so did the variety of medicines.
Now, as you know this read concerns McAfee, you probably know that technology is involved. As time passed by people evolved alongside technology. And as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, telehealth saw a rapid growth in its use.
With all lifestyle changes, one thing has kept growing constantly- cybercrime. And any data online is vulnerable to being attacked by cybercriminals. So, this read will give you a gateway to explore your options for safety, as suggested by McAfee.com/activate, when it comes to securing your telehealth route.
But before that, let’s discuss the ideology in length and see, what are the major perks that come to you when you go for it. Read on and enjoy details on increasing your online safety for medical records.
What exactly is telehealth?
Thinking of how much tech evolution humanity has witnessed, telehealth is just a drop in the ocean. It is described as the rendering of health-related services and other related information through technologies including telecommunication and other electronic information devices.
In simple words, it grants a patient and a doctor or a clinician to get in touch even from a farther place with expecting care, medical advice, checkup or medicine reminders, health education, progress monitoring, and even remote admissions.
However, living in a highly technical era, you must know that these connection routes may have a lot of loopholes and if you can understand that, it probably isn’t a secret for the cyber crooks. That is why McAfee stepped up and tried to make as many people aware as possible.
What are the threats of Telehealth McAfee wants to discuss?
The Covid-19 Pandemic has made a lot of noticeable tweaks in the lifestyles of people. Some of which are the increased screen-time, which directly goes towards more and more data published online.
Another thing that changed was the healthcare tactics, which simply went online. People could not visit hospitals, were behind their medicine schedule as they were unable to get appointments during the pandemic.
That is what made Telehealth and other such virtual solutions rise in usage. According to McAfee, half of the world population was surveyed to use their computers and smartphones for getting access to their medical files or health data to meet health care members virtually.
Let’s explain this with an example- There was a movie that showed a bad politician who had pacemaker surgery. He got killed because of the excess electricity in his body that his pacemaker could not handle.
Then, there were not many online activities and thus, this information was leaked from his doctor’s office. But, living in a technology-dominated world, this information could have been easily acquired through hacking or other cybercrime variation.
McAfee believes that cybercrooks are intelligent and it would be foolish to underestimate them, which is why they suggest all members of society be well-prepared with safety measures either to prevent or to fight against these cybercrimes.
What does McAfee suggest to keep your health data safe?
An entirely secured platform for online activities is still a big concern. People have started believing that any data they put online can make way for an intrusion. And when it comes to health information, there are millions of possibilities of planning and attacking individuals.
According to some published reports, the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States has recently been occupied with looking into almost 800 data breaches that are possibly health-related, which has been noted to affect nearly 60 million members of society.
In recent times, due to the pandemic, people got scared of visiting the doctor’s office and doctors didn’t want to go against their oath. Hence, telehealth was given a lot of importance. It increases the safety of your health but also requires you to be extra careful while using these new services online.
Given below are a few recommendations by McAfee that will back you up when you are publishing your health data online:
- When you get in touch with a physician (on a video call), you should opt for using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) before they access your medical records and past prescriptions.
- McAfee suggests that you incorporate McAfee Total Protection (or any other security solution software) that can safeguard all your devices and keep cyber crooks from getting into your system and accessing your health data.
- McAfee knows that there are too many loopholes that hackers can benefit from, and it suggests you only go for “HTTPS” connections while using a Tele-health website. That is because these connections up the security of your data transfers and contributes to the prevention of data scraping.
- It is always a good idea to be extra safe, and thus McAfee suggests you ensure using two-factor authentication for all your significant and non-significant accounts. It is, basically, an extra line of security that stands in between your data and the hackers by using two factors to be sure of your identity.
Note:The above suggestions by McAfee acts as a game-changer to secure your data online as well as offline.
From a time when medicine was nothing but home remedies to a time when both diseases and medicines are infinite, human lives transformed with scientific knowledge and technology.
Getting hit by the pandemic was devastating as the health of the people and technology got affected. However, this effect was positive for technology and negative for health care. With increased screen time and the “stay home” regulations, Telehealth came to the spotlight.
As consultation was online, McAfee pointed out that any data online (medical records, prescriptions, reports) is open to vulnerabilities and can be used by hackers to harm you. Therefore, the above read will give you a clear insight into Telehealth and security measures that you must consider.