Security

Five Security Apps for Android

Android-based smartphones have found a loyal following among lawyers. Among smartphone-using respondents to the 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report, more than 18% reported using an Android smartphone.  That number rose to more than 30% among solo practitioners. Android devices can be helpful practice tools, as we discussed a couple weeks ago with our post on Android apps for legal research.  But ...

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Lessons from the Latest Dropbox Security Lapse

A few weeks ago, word circulated that some Dropbox users were being spammed, stoking fears that Dropbox had been compromised.  Dropbox brought in outside experts to investigate the issue, and yesterday they announced the results. According to the Dropbox blog, the root cause of the spam was actually the hacking of a different (and unmentioned) website. Hackers took the stolen ...

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FFIEC Issues Cloud Computing Guidance

We’ve written a good amount about cloud computing, including our recent comparison chart of cloud computing ethics opinions.  But lawyers aren’t the only professionals struggling to determine if and how to appropriately implement the cloud in their businesses. Last week, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), issued an informational paper on outsourced cloud computing for financial institutions.  The FFIEC ...

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Connecting From a Hotel? Got a Pop-up? Be Careful. (A Guest Post by Sharon Nelson)

Many thanks to Sharon Nelson for penning this week’s guest post. Sharon is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a computer forensics and legal technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia.  She has authored many books published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, most recently, Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers. Sharon blogs at “Ride the Lightning.” Last month, the FBI issued ...

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Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.

Cloud computing isn’t a new concept.  The technology, which moves software and data off of your computer and into third-party data centers, has broken through to the mainstream.  Major companies like Apple and Microsoft have launched cloud services; commercials and ads for new cloud products abound; and investment firms are pouring money into a wide variety of cloud ventures. But ...

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ABA/LPM Annual Meeting 2012

The ABA/LPM Annual Meeting is taking place in Chicago from August 2-4, 2012, at The Drake Hotel and there is much to look forward to. LPM is hosting four CLE sessions at the Hyatt Regency Chicago that focus on efficiency in law practice. Advancements in technology change how we practice law, and while lawyers continue to use technology to assist ...

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Quick Tip: Learn To Spot The Scams

It’s hard to pass a full day without receiving at least one scam attempt in your email inbox. While many of the scams are obviously fake or poorly targeted — for example, an alert for a bank you don’t use — they’ve been growing steadily more sophisticated.  Indeed, there are even a number of scams that have been very carefully ...

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Navigating Facebook’s Ocean of Personal Data

Technology Review, an excellent journal published by MIT, has an article in its July/August 2012 edition examining Facebook’s growing use of the social sciences to analyze user behavior.  Technology Review editor Tom Simonite writes: Now that the company has gone public, the pressure to develop new sources of profit … is likely to force it to do more with its hoard ...

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Security Essentials: Stay Up-to-Date

Technology evolves rapidly, and unfortunately security threats evolve right along with it.  To keep your firm’s technology–and your clients’ data–safe, it’s important to keep your software up-to-date and to stay informed about the latest security threats. Thankfully, staying ahead of the security curve doesn’t require a computer science degree.  It can be as simple as bookmarking a few useful blogs ...

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Quick Tip: Manage Your Social Media Permissions

One of the great attractions of social media and the cloud is the ease with which we can combine tools and expand functionality. With a few clicks, you can link social networking profiles from two different sites, or use your login information from one service to access another. Perhaps you have Twitter feeding automatically to your LinkedIn profile, or you’ve ...

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