Podcast #65: What You Need to Know About the Cloud Services You Use, with David Tollen
As more law firms go paperless, using cloud services for billing, timekeeping, and client files is common. But not all cloud services, especially those that offer free packages, will promise to keep your client data secure.
Podcast #57: Apple vs. the FBI, with Megan Zavieh
Megan Zavieh explains what's at stake in the FBI's quest to force Apple to build a backdoor to the iPhone. But first, a good story about social media and the law.
The Lawyers’ Guide to Hacking Threats
As quickly as we build new technology to keep criminals out, hackers are working around the clock, and using sophisticated tools like Darkode, to climb your security walls. Prevent these attacks with a
Another Reason Not to Use Email for Confidential Communication
In a scheme called “spear phishing,” hackers are targeting small law firms that handle real estate transactions in order to steal client funds. The hackers sneak into the lawyer’s email accounts and monitor the emails between the lawyers, clients, and closing or title agents. When the day for closing comes, the hackers use the lawyer’s […]
Find Out Where Two-Factor Authentication is Available
You should be using two-factor authentication with your critical online accounts. It is one of the four steps we recommend taking in our security guide, because it is an easy way to drastically increase security. Two-factor authentication means using something you know (your password) and something you have (usually your phone, which most people keep […]
Podcast #48: Law Firm Data Security, with Sharon Nelson and John Simek
On today's podcast, we ask security experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek things like how hard is it, really, to hack into someone's email? And what's the greatest security threat for lawyers? Plus, our favorite posts and podcasts of 2015.
Passwords: a User Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms
Good passwords are essential to data security, and this article has everything you need to know about creating and keeping track of good passwords.
You Already Have an Ethical Obligation to be Technologically Competent
Sooner or later, your clients will find another lawyer if you waste their money and time on basic tasks because you aren’t proficient with your technology.
Best Practices for Protecting Client Information, According to the CFPB
New federal regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will apply to real estate lawyers. But they are also a pretty solid starting point for any lawyer or law firm. Here’s a summary of the best practices, compiled by Law Technology Today’s Pegeen Turner: Create and implement a written Privacy and Information Security Policy […]
VPNs to Avoid Until they Plug Their Leaks
You know that here at Lawyerist, we are all about encouraging you to safeguard your data, and one of the ways to do that is to make sure you use a virtual private network (VPN) when you are using the coffee shop’s wi-fi connection. VPNs function in a few different ways, but at root they […]
Client Confidentiality in the Digital Age
The pathways for breaching client confidentiality — whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security — continue to multiply as technology advances.
4 Ways You Are Putting Your Clients’ Information at Risk
A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client. (Rule 1.6(c).) So what are reasonable efforts when it comes to your clients’ information stored on your computer? You have to make an effort, obviously. But how much effort […]
Dropbox is Not “Insecure”
On SoloSez recently, someone asked whether Dropbox is secure or not, to which someone responded “Treat it as insecure, because the consumer version is insecure.” I thought my response might be worth posting here, as well: Dropbox is most certainly not insecure. In fact, secure/insecure is not a binary thing. There is a security spectrum, […]
Security Issues Galore Await You in the Internet Of Things
Everything will talk to everything in the Internet of Things, and it will be an enormous legal and security nightmare. We wish you the best of luck.
Has the NSA Hacked Your Hard Drive? (Probably)
"[T]he program would give the NSA unprecedented access to the world's computers, even when disconnected from the larger web."