2014 HiPPAA Security Updates

Computer “stuff” incites yawns and involves a barrage of new acronyms but you have to compare that with the excitement of not getting paid because your bank account was hacked. Identity theft is moving from the mail box, to the inbox, and is targeting small businesses more because most of us lack full-time IT departments. To reduce your risk of a … [Read more...]

No Hats, No Hoodies, No Sunglasses

A new type of safety protection, normally you are supposed to wear safety eyewear or goggles unless walking into a bank, in which case, please remove hats, hoodies and sunglasses. This is a sad state of affairs and I for one while rarely going into a bank never even thought about this. But this a high risk time for theft.. so watch out for … [Read more...]

Dealing With Employee Theft

'More than $800,000 swindled from White County Memorial Hospital — a crime reportedly orchestrated by its former chief executive officer. At least $50,000 plundered from Lafayette Glass Co., a family-owned and operated business on Teal Road, allegedly by its longtime bookkeeper. Nearly $50,000 in misappropriated checks, meant only as payments … [Read more...]

Online Scams

This post is not about online optical retailers. They are, for the most part, honest entrepreneurs using the internet to sell their wares as many of us use our store windows. We can debate their value to the industry in some later discussion. Today I am writing mostly about email scams. We have seen a large increase in scam emails over the past … [Read more...]

Cloud Security

Remember when you were a kid and you thought how cool it would be to walk atop the clouds like the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk or the stories you heard and envisioned about Heaven? Even as an adult and being head over heels in love, walking on Cloud 9, you know you can’t really walk on clouds. While clouds can be beautiful and sometimes … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy – Beware of Scammers

We have been very concerned about everyone, but especially our optical friends and family, this last week during the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. We hate to have to put this additional warning out but we all need to beware of scammers. Disaster scams are crimes of opportunity and they are already out there for this one. They will create fronts for … [Read more...]

Phishing Season

If you are like me (and millions of others) you receive your fair share of junk emails. Some are obvious ads for products to enhance body parts. Others are not quite so obvious and in fact quite insidious. When we speak of phish….we are not speaking of the indie rock band. In the cyber world we are speaking of messages and websites designed to … [Read more...]

12345: Best Password Ever

Recently a friend told me their colleague’s email had been hacked, or compromised. It seems every week there are news stories of this website or that being hacked and emails compromised. Now, no website or digital file is totally secure. A skilled hacker can bypass even government secured databases as you’ve no doubt read in the news. In recent … [Read more...]

Vermont Optometrist Office Manager Pleads Guilty To Taking $360,000

This came across our google alerts - Vt. office manager pleads guilty to taking $360000 The Republic AP BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The former office manager of a Vermont optometrist has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for stealing about $360000 from her boss. Court documents say Linda Belval worked for David Garbutt for nearly 25 years … [Read more...]

$10,000 Of Eyewear Stolen: BeEyeware

Man Steals Dozens Of Eyeglasses Worth $10k WTAE Pittsburgh Surveillance video from the Eyetique eyeglass store in Shadyside shows a man grabbing several frames from the shelves. The store was packed and employees .. Thieves set their sights on high-end eyewear - The Washington Post www.washingtonpost.com/...eyewear/.../gIQAL4ummN_story.html Nov … [Read more...]

BeEyeWear- New Scam- Optometrists Gets Taken For $1900

Going into shopping season, we wanted to make you aware of a new scam: Search on Google for other Gift Cards Scams (23,900,000 results) 'In what may be a new twist on an old scheme, a man and a woman allegedly bought $1,960 in designer eyeglass frames with an invalid VISA debit card by convincing salespeople to treat the transaction as an … [Read more...]

What To Do If Your Email Gets Hacked

In the last 3 weeks, I have 3 friends that have had their email hacked. Not only that the story 'I have been stranded, send money' has been placed on our Facebook. So what do you do, if your email gets hacked? 1.Respond fast- This is not going to go away, and the longer you let it go, the more friends you will lose and the hacker will keep … [Read more...]

Forensic Optometry- Iris Identification

You’ve seen it on your favorite crime show or in an action movie where a character needs to enter a secret room, they walk up to a machine, look inside, and their eye is scanned to permit access. The technology being used is called Iris Identification. But does this type of technology really exist? Is this technology reliable? The answer to both of … [Read more...]

Triple Your Security With The Eye-Lock

For those of us who are ultra paranoid about our security, we know about  finger tip scans (biometric readers) and of course we have all seen the retina scans on movies like Mission Impossible, here comes your own personal Iris Scanner. With identity theft on the rise, hackers and more and more information being stored on your computer, think … [Read more...]

Employee Embezzlement Prevention

ST. LOUIS • Rebecca Wagstaff pleaded guilty in federal court here Wednesday to a felony mail fraud charge and admitted stealing more than $100,000 from her employer. Wagstaff, 58, of Arnold, was the office manager of a west St. Louis County optometrist and wrote $102,580 worth of company checks over roughly five years to pay her credit card … [Read more...]