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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 […]

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Get Free Storage When You Check Your Google Security Settings

It’s Safer Internet Day (apparentlyt) and Google is once again offering 2GB of extra Google Drive storage as incentive to do its free security checkup. The checkup itself is stuff you should check regularly anyway, so the extra Google Drive storage is just a nice perk. Unfortunately, this is only for personal Google accounts, which […]

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Legal Cloud Computing Association Releases Security Standards

How do you know whether your cloud software is sufficiently secure to meet your obligation to protect your clients’ information? Right now, there is no easy answer. You just have to educate yourself and then make up your own mind. That could change as a result of the draft security standards that the Legal Cloud […]

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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

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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 […]