Welcome to The Digital Dentist

I’m Dr. Lorne Lavine, The Digital Dentist. If you’re thinking of adding to or upgrading the technology systems in your dental practice, then you’re in the right place. I started The Digital Dentist after discovering that dental professionals need focused, trained IT professionals to understand and work with their specific technological needs.

Please, take a look at the products and services we have to offer and read through my blog below. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

The Big Sleep

I am working with DC Dental, a fantastic dental supply company, to provide a series of educational webinars. First up on October 21st is the amazing Dr. Erin Elliott, one of the countries leading experts on sleep apnea. If you were thinking you’d like to start providing this critical service to your patients, but didn’t know where to start, you MUST attend this webinar:


Dr. Elliott will be presenting 4 webinars on this topic, so be on the lookout for more webinars in the series in the coming weeks!

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.01, 2014  6:46 am No Comments

Mobile Encryption

Our phones are our lives. We use it to talk to people close to us, write about our personal livessign important documents, and even use it to take not-so-suitable for work selfies. All important data should be protected and encrypted. Now there’s an Android app to do this easily and effectively.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.30, 2014  8:33 pm No Comments

Microsoft Can’t Count

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.29, 2014  6:10 pm No Comments

Beefing Up

Many new laptops, tablets, and devices in between are coming with an ever-smaller amount of storage. But you can expand your device’s storage without spending much money or time.

It’s actually a good thing that modern laptops are coming with less storage. This means they have faster-but-smaller solid-state drives. An SSD offers a much better desktop (or tablet) experience than a larger mechanical drive.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.28, 2014  6:06 pm No Comments


Hyper-V is a virtual machine feature built into Windows. It was originally part of Windows Server 2008, but made the leap the to desktop with Windows 8. Hyper-V allows you to create virtual machines without any additional software.

This feature isn’t available on Windows 7, and it requires the Professional or Enterprise editionsof Windows 8 or 8.1. It also requires a CPU with hardware virtualization support like Intel VT or AMD-V, features found in most modern CPUs

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.27, 2014  6:02 pm No Comments

Hide and Seek

You can hide files on any operating system, but hidden files can be accessed by anyone with access to your PC or its storage. Encryption actually protects your files, preventing people from accessing them without your encryption key.

Even if intelligence agencies could bypass this encryption — and we’re pretty sure they can’t — it’s still useful. Encryption can protect sensitive financial, business, and personal data from people with access to your hardware.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.26, 2014  9:39 pm No Comments


A whitelist should be a foolproof way to secure a relative’s PC. Select a handful of approved applications and only allow them to run. If someone using the PC downloads another .exe file, Windows will refuse to run it.

AppLocker does this, but it’s only included on Enterprise editions of Windows. We’ll be using the Family Safety feature for this — it’s like AppLocker in disguise for all editions of Windows.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.25, 2014  5:15 pm No Comments

Lock and Key

There are a lot of methods that you can use to create a password protected folder, most of which require the use of some third party software. Using this neat method you can hide your folders with a quick batch script.

It’s important to note that this will not actually conceal your data from somebody who knows what they are doing.

Note: if you are a beginner you should be careful with this script.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.24, 2014  5:12 pm No Comments

Call in a Pro

Windows 8.1 invites you to “Get more features with a new edition of Windows.” You’ll get six more features if you upgrade to the Professional edition — plus a seventh if you pay extra.

Windows 7′s Professional edition is similar. Features like BitLocker, group policy, and domain-joining require the Professional or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, too. (Note that BitLocker requires Windows 7 Ultimate).

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.23, 2014  5:08 pm No Comments

Filing Cabinet

Different operating systems support different file systems. Your removable drive should use FAT32 for best compatibility, unless it’s bigger and needs NTFS. Mac-formatted drives use HFS+ and don’t work with Windows. And Linux has its own file systems, too.

Unfortunately, even typical computer users need to think about the different file systems and what they’re compatible with. Here’s what you need to know about file systems — and why there are so many different ones.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.22, 2014  5:05 pm No Comments