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 […]
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.
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."
“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.
Keep Your Data Safe While Skyping, Chatting, and Using Your Smartphone
We now use our smartphones not only to make phone calls but to email, surf the web, and store data. Keeping that data safe is just as important as keeping the data on your desktop safe.
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.
Doing Our Small Part to Secure the Web
As of yesterday, we made a small but significant change to Lawyerist.com by securing the site with SSL.