Many of our clients use the internet browser Internet Explorer (IE) on their office or home computers to do their day-to-day business. Microsoft, the creators of IE, recently released a Security Advisory regarding an issue that impacts IE versions 6-11.

From Microsoft:

"This issue allows remote code execution if users visit a malicious website with an affected browser. This would typically occur by an attacker convincing someone to click a link in an email or instant message."

As with many attacks, hackers can use methods such as convincing users to click on fake websites and from there, the IE vulnerability could allow attackers to run malicious software on the user's computer – and even gain access to the computer as the real user.

It's a serious flaw, and a widespread one: Internet Explorer comprised almost 58% of all desktop browsers in March, according to analytics company Net Applications.

While Microsoft is still investigating the issue and working on a solution, they have advised that users:

"Follow the "Protect Your Computer" guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Additionally, we encourage everyone to exercise caution when visiting websites and avoid clicking suspicious links, or opening email messages from unfamiliar senders. Additional information can be found at www.microsoft.com/protect."

We suggest also, that if at all possible, you simply use another browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.


Sources

Department of Homeland Security - US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team)
Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983
Microsoft Security Response Center
NetMarketShare.com
NBC News

VM promo customPlaylistOver the past year, many ViewMedica subscribers have requested a way combine ViewMedica videos with their own text and YouTube videos to create custom patient education presentations.

The idea: Sit a patient down with a presentation that covers all aspects of their treatment, hit PLAY and walk away.

Swarm Interactive is pleased to announce ViewMedica Playlists. Playlists are free for all new and existing ViewMedica Web subscribers.

Now you can create a Playlist that starts with a welcome video from your doctor, and then jumps right into ViewMedica videos about the patient’s condition and the proposed treatment. From there you might finish with text slides that explain common risks and complications, and perhaps information on what to expect before and after surgery.

Or maybe you want to stream educational content and promotional messages to your waiting room TV. With the optional VMcast feature ($10 per month) you can set any Playlist to loop endlessly to a television, eliminating the need for expensive DVDs and waiting room video services that are filled with advertisements. And because Playlists can be edited right from your ViewMedica account, you can change your waiting room content as often as you like.

We’re launching these features as beta software, which means that we have tested them as much as we can internally, and now it’s your turn. There will be no charge for VMcast during the beta test period, so this is a great time to give it a try.

 

Today we are pleased to announce 3D upgrades to two of our most popular branded videos: Medtronic and Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Stimulation.

If you are a subscriber to either of these videos, the upgraded content has already been added to your account.

Spinal Cord Stimulation (Medtronic)

Spinal Cord Stimulation (Boston Scientific)