Briefs: Practice Panther Raises $3.5M, Enter Zola, Ghost Data, Etc.

Practice Panther just announced it has raised $3.5 million, and the already-affordable ($29/month/user, paid annually) software is free through the end of 2016 so the developers can collect feature requests to build out the roadmap. If you want to help build practice management software according to your own preferences, you might want to give it a […]


70% of Lawyers Think Words Make Email Safe, Are Incompetent

If you think a confidentiality statement in your email counts as a precaution when you are sending confidential information, you are incompetent.


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.


LastPass Hacked; Don’t Panic, but Change Your Master Password

While the LastPass “vault” (where your encrypted passwords are stored) is safe, LastPass was hacked: LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised. That sounds bad, but LastPass says no password vaults were accessed, and that means your passwords are still safe. Just in case, LastPass is requiring […]


DOJ Selects Box for Cloud Storage

Absolutely, with one enormous caveat: the US Department of Justice is probably the only law office in the US that doesn’t have to worry about being spied on by the US government, which has shown itself to be extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to infiltrating cloud services. For the average family or transactional lawyer, maybe […]

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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 […]


Password Alert Protects Your Google and Google Apps for Work Accounts

Once you’ve installed it, Password Alert will show you a warning if you type your Google password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. This protects you from phishing attacks and also encourages you to use different passwords for different sites, a security best practice. Get it now.


Why Password Security Matters

Good passwords and file encryption are basic computer security. If you aren't doing both, you need to get caught up.


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.

Your Phone, Now with More NSA

From the Intercept: With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Apparently no […]

Lenovo Computers Have Been Compromised by Crapware

Know why PCs are usually cheaper than Macs? For one thing, because they come loaded with crapware that makes the offsets the PC manufacturer’s costs. Sometimes, that just makes your computer run slower. Sometimes, it exposes you to all manner of malicious intrusion. If you have a Lenovo computer, here are Lenovo’s instructions for removing […]

Lawyer Ignores Numerous Red Flags, Loses $289K to Phishers

The bank, if you want to know, declined to cover the loss.