We all know that the Internet is a lawless place with dangers abounding in every corner and neighborhoods no self-respecting Certified Legal Nurse Consultant should ever go into. Unfortunately the Internet will probably never be a completely safe and secure place. Webizens will always include virus-writers, data thieves, hackers and worse.
As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you know that RNs and physicians are held to the standards of care (SOC). SOC holds a person of exceptional skill or knowledge to a duty of acting as would a reasonable and prudent person possessing the same or similar skills or knowledge under the same or similar circumstances. Just like you would at your RN hospital job, it pays to act reasonably and prudently when you’re on the Internet. I encourage all legal nurse consultants to adhere to these nine best practices that I call Tom’s Internet User’s Standard of Care (IUSOC).
- Always use a current and updated web-browser and operating system – that way you’re using the most secure version available.
- Keep up-to-date anti-malware and antivirus software running on any device you use to access the Internet (including smartphones).
- Use discretion in the links and advertisements that you click on as well as the websites that you visit.
- Use complex passwords and do not use the same password on multiple websites.
- Do not overshare on social media especially when you’re traveling (Just boarded a 4-hour flight to San Francisco for a 3-day weekend! Our home is officially unguarded and here’s some pictures of my acute psoriasis for your enjoyment too!).
- Secure your home wireless Internet connection from the neighbors and their teenagers.
- Avoid free Wi-Fi connections in coffee shops, airports and hotel lobbies. They aren’t necessarily secure and you could end up compromising the passwords to any account you access while sipping that caramel latte.
- Do not fall for a scam like “See who’s looking at your Facebook profile” or update your banking information when you don’t have an account at that bank or your Amazon.com account info when an email comes to an account that you don’t use for Amazon.com.
- Do not click on links in spam and do not respond to spam by asking to be taken off the list.
Follow these nine best Internet practices to make the Internet a safer place for you and your legal nurse consulting business.
Keep on Techin’,
P.S. Comment and share your additions to Tom’s Internet Users Standard of Care.