Is Your Website Secure? It’s Okay To Get A Second Opinion
Recently I got a call from a dental practice manager I had met with to talk about contracting IT services, and she had a question. Another IT management company had pointed out to her that her practice’s website was not secure. They offered to correct that immediately if she was willing to contract with them for long-term full services. It was a shocking charge to hear because the Feds take HIPAA compliance very seriously. We looked at her website together, and I could immediately spot the problem. It was true that the website was not secure, as evidenced by the lack of that all-important ‘s’ in her URL, her web address. I advised her that her URL needed to have https://www etc. to indicate to users that her site was secure. The ‘s’ in the ‘HTTP’ part is a key indicator to know if a website is safe to open. But—she didn’t have to commit to anyone’s long-term contract to make that change. She could make that change herself by contacting her website hosting company and instructing them to make her site secure, thus warranting the change in the URL.
It’s Important To Know Why
Every day here at Aptica, I am reminded why I do this job. Some days the challenges are so tough that remembering why I chose this field is the only way to a peaceful ending. Like all IT companies, Aptica LLC has told you what we do, and how our work can impact yours. But really, it’s the why we are doing it that keeps us all going. My own why was a common one: I wanted to own my own business and to chart my own future path. I enjoy problem-solving, and, fifteen years ago, I could see that IT was going to be critical for doing business in the future.
I think it’s true to say that only as technology began to evolve at such an insane pace did any of us realize that Information Technology would become a profession for specialists. And now there are a lot of IT companies, all of us claiming to be ‘specialists’. It’s hard to pick the best fit and to know who you can trust. But don’t hesitate to get a second opinion before you commit to the long-term with anyone. There is a lot to know and there are no dumb questions.
Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2001, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management and support company has been serving small to medium-sized businesses for 15 years in the area that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo, OH.