Legal Technology

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Attorney-Client Confidentiality and Email

How the ABA addresses email communication and how it affects lawyers' duty of attorney-client confidentiality.

The Law Society of British Columbia Has Apparently Banned the Cloud [Updated]

No other North American bar association has gone so far; most are moving in the opposite direction and enabling lawyers to use the cloud.

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Westlaw Public Records Database Compromised

Although no bank account or credit card information was involved, whoever scraped the Westlaw database now has all the information they need to open some bank accounts and sign up for some credit cards.

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Five Microsoft Word Rules You Must Follow

Following these five rules of Microsoft Word will save you time, frustration, and money.

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LawPal Closes Up Shop

If you were using LawPal, you have until November 30th to download your information. LawPal will delete all user data on December 1st.

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Tor Lets You Surf Anonymously And Protect Your Clients

There are some steps you can take to hide some of your personal and professional online life from prying eyes.

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New Solo Technology Shopping List: the Basics

Choosing a laptop and selecting a document scanner aren’t covered in law school. To make it easier, here is my “shopping list” for new solos. Just get what you need and get back to focusing on your clients instead of poring over practice management software reviews. Obviously, this does not cover everything you need, but […]

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Internet Research Tips and Resources for Lawyers

Some of the most-useful Internet research tips and resources from Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch.

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How to Improve Your Passwords

In this TED talk, Lorrie Faith Cranor, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, breaks down the common mistakes that users make with passwords.

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Microsoft Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android is Now Free

A day afer announcing its big-deal partnership with Dropbox, Microsoft has announced that you can edit and store Office documents in the cloud, for free. Mostly.

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Dropbox + Microsoft Office = Mobile Productivity

Dropbox and Microsoft just partnered up so that you will be able to access Office documents stored in Dropbox, right from the Office apps.

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One Judge in Virginia Says Police Can Force You to Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

What is more important is that the security of fingerprint unlocking was already in doubt. Your fingerprint is way easier for someone to get ahold of than the contents of your brain.

First Person Passes the Legal Tech Audit — No Lawyers, Yet

This is both good and bad news.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Reading Blogs

The Internet offers you an almost limitless amount of blog content, but if you would like to follow more than a dozen blogs, you need to find some way to make all the content manageable. Doing this is easier said than done.

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Social Engineering May Be a Greater Threat to Client Files Than “Hackers”

After reading super-hacker Kevin Mitnick‘s book, Ghost in the Wires, about his escapades leading up to his imprisonment for hacking, what struck me was how much of his “hacking” was really social engineering. Quite often, Mitnick just called someone on the phone and asked them for what he needed, up to and including root account […]