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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 […]

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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."


Beware Public Wi-Fi When Accessing Client Information

You are not living up to your ethical obligations to a client if you are exposing their data to public wi-fi.


Sookasa Provides HIPAA-Compliant, Encrypted Cloud Storage

If you are a solo or small firm that needs to easily manage secure healthcare data while being on the go, Sookasa may be a great solution for your practice.


“Secure” Sites Are Actually Less Secure

Not only should you ignore security seals, but you might want to hesitate before doing business with websites that use them.


Attorney-Client Confidentiality and Email

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


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 […]


Q: Doesn’t My Password Protect My Computer?

A: No. There are basically two “doors” to your computer. Your password only protects one.