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    How to use apps to improve efficiency and security in the dental practice: Part 2

    In part two of a two-part series, explore several apps and security measures you should consider to simplify your day-to-day.

    How can you improve your efficiency and security? Apps can help.

    As promised, here is part two of my list of ways to become more efficient and safer living in a digital world.  

     Sticky Password

    We hear it all of the time: Use complicated passwords and whatever you do, do NOT use the same password for multiple accounts. The reason for this, of course, is if hackers get your frequently used password, they can hijack several of your accounts and not just one.

    That sounds all well and good in theory, but with so many websites and apps that require a username and password, how are we supposed to come up with a different, secure password for each individual one and remember them?  That, my friends, is where Sticky Password comes in.

    Sticky Password is an app that works on every device you own. There are versions for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. The genius of this app is its simplicity. When starting, you create an account and give that account a complicated master password.

    Make sure to make this really complicated, then write it down and store it somewhere safe. This is the password that unlocks everything. Once your account is created, you just enter the website, username and password for the sites you use and Sticky Password remembers them and enters them for you when you go to that site. When you install it on a new device, all it takes is that one master password and you are good to go.

    Your passwords are stored securely in the cloud and can only be retrieved by your master password. Even the people at Sticky cannot decrypt your account without your password and they don’t save it. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t lose it. If you do, you are out of luck.

    As for having complicated passwords, the app has a built-in random password generator which will create incredibly complicated passwords that you can just copy and paste into a website that requests a password. The app stores your username and this password so you’ll never forget it. I have Sticky Password installed on every device I own and I swear by it.

    Related reading: Using apps to improve efficiency and security in the dental practice: Part 1

    CleanZ

    The proliferation of smartphones has brought a screeching halt to carrying many extra devices. The year the iPhone was introduced, standalone digital camera sales dropped 25 percent. That’s because today we are using one device as a phone, address book, voice recorder, music player and camera. People today take a picture often without even seeming to think about it. The question is: What do we do with all of those pictures?

    If you’re like me, you will frequently take a picture of something and then look at it later and wonder “what was I thinking?”  Taking all of those pictures whenever you feel like taking one, can use up a lot of your phone’s storage; not to mention that scrolling through tons of oddball “non-keepers” while looking for that one shot to show your friend can be frustrating. To help deal with this, I open an app called CleanZ every Saturday and review my pictures.

    CleanZ lets you quickly view your pictures and then decide whether to keep or delete them. Swipe up, and you keep it; swipe down, and they are in the trash. When you are done, empty the trash and confirm the deletes. Simple? You bet. By doing this on a regular basis, I find that I’m only keeping the pictures I want and not all those that I don’t. It means less clutter in my photos and more storage for other digital goodies.

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...

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