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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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Facebook Goes on the Offense on Passwords

It's pretty awesome that Facebook is doing this, and I hope more companies will follow suit.

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Q: Doesn’t My Password Protect My Computer?

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