security

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Is Skype Safe for Attorney-Client Communication?

Skype, Microsoft's video, audio, and messaging platform, is shifting away from a peer-to-peer network and will run in the cloud. Here's why that might not be a great thing for you and your clients who want to use that app to communicate with you.

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How to Recognize a Risky Email

There are a number of different types of risky emails. Here's how to recognize—and arm yourself against—some of them.

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Thanks to Google, You May Never Need a Password Again

The good news: Google is working on a project that could eliminate the need to use passwords. The bad news: it involves learning pretty much everything about you.

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4 Ways to Secure Your Clients’ Information

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 […]

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How To Encrypt Microsoft Word Documents

One easy way to ensure a document remains safe is to add a password to it in Microsoft Word. Here's how to do it on a Windows machine and on a Mac.

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The Calculus of Risk, Tech Competence Edition

Rule 1.6(c)'s "reasonable efforts" is a duty of care. So let’s see how the calculus of risk plays out when we apply it to computer security.

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How To Securely Wipe a Hard Drive

Before you sell, give away, or throw out a computer, you need to wipe its hard drive clean.

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Russian Hackers Are Trading Your Email Credentials like Magic Cards

Another day, another security breach. Alex Holden, chief information security officer at Hold Security, discovered that 272 million emails are currently being traded in Russia’s criminal underworld. Nearly every major email provider was breached, including Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. If you route your email through any of the providers mentioned, here are five steps you can take to […]

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URL Shorteners Are Attractive, Convenient, and a Security Risk

Those services that automatically shorten unwieldy and lengthy web addresses are great. They allow you to send something that is a few characters long rather than some mess that spans three full lines. Unfortunately, at least some of them can be compromised to reveal personal information. Worse still, they could create an easy pathway to […]

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Briefs: Uninstall QuickTime ASAP, Apple Trolls the DOJ, Etc.

Get Rid of QuickTime Now if You Are a Windows User You probably have not even been paying attention as to whether you still have QuickTime on your Windows machine, because Apple hasn’t issued a major Windows QuickTime release since 2005, which is one million years ago in internet time. In January, Apple stopped supporting QuickTime […]

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The Anti-Climactic End to Apple v. DOJ

After all the public rhetoric, Constitutional discussion and intense scrutiny, the Department of Justice ended without fanfare the fight to compel Apple to assist in unlocking the iPhone used by San Bernadino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. On March 29, 2016, the DOJ filed a status report  in the US District Court which simply stated: The […]

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Briefs: Casemaker Will Fight Fastcase, Employees Will Sell Your Passwords, and Chatbots Will Become Racist, Etc.

Casemaker Is Going to Fight the Fastcase Lawsuit After All A couple months ago, Casemaker declared that they were the sole publisher of Georgia laws, which is…not how the law works, as statutory codes cannot be copyrighted. Fastcase promptly sued. Although Casemaker initially (and wisely) said they would not fight the lawsuit, they have since […]

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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.

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Why Lawyers Need to Stand By Apple

Apple is in the news for the unprecedented order issued by a Federal Magistrate Judge in California this week. The order compels Apple to assist the government in hacking into a terrorist’s phone. Apple publicly refuses to comply, and every one of us ought to be standing by Apple and supporting its decision. What Apple is […]

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Ransomware Hackers Hit Law Firm, Demand Bitcoin, Get Paid

In case you thought data security for your law firm was a fringe issue, a Florida law firm just paid hackers $2,500 in Bitcoin to ransom back their data. The hackers managed to hold all the law firm’s data hostage, and demanded the Bitcoin (Bitcoins?) in exchange for the key to get it all back. The […]