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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.

     

    Lookout

    Not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook, this is a serious security app for mobile devices. While there are other apps that can do bits and pieces of it, Lookout is an all-in-one security app workhorse.

    The app combines mobile security, data backup, theft protection, identity theft protection and breach news. The mobile security portion keeps your device from being affected by phishing, adware and malware. Data backup securely stores your photos and data in the cloud and makes them available for viewing on any Internet connected device with your username and password.

    The theft protection feature is especially handy. If someone tries to unlock your phone and fails, Lookout uses the phone’s own camera to take a picture of the individual and emails it to you, automatically. It can also track your phone and locate it on a map while also sending you that information via email or live.

    The company also provides identity theft insurance of one million dollars to help you go through the process of restoring your identity should it ever be compromised. They also provide you access to identity theft support people with experience in this frustrating and stressful situation.

    The last feature is another extra provided by the company. When security breaches make the news that might affect you (like the recent Equifax security debacle) Lookout will send you an alert and provide you with recommendations on ways you can protect yourself if you happen to be affected by a corporate data theft.

    The app is simple to use and rarely requires any user intervention once it is up and running.

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    Wrapping up

    This is just another list of technology that I find useful on a regular basis. While computers, tablets, phones and other connected devices have made our lives much easier and more interesting, it’s important to remember not to become to inundated with all the information and entertainment this all provides. Security is important and the human factor is the weakest link in the security chain. Have fun, but be aware.

    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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