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Outsourcing your law firm’s cybersecurity

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According to a survey¹ of UK law firms, a quarter of them have been the victims of cyberattacks, as have almost a third of US firms according to the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. While there has not been a similar survey done of Canadian firms, the numbers are probably similar. And the high-publicity hacks… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Cyber dangers, Firm Management, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

Reduce the distraction from the casino in your pocket

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In the early days of email, one of the common bits of productivity advice was “turn off your inbox notifications.” The “You’ve Got Mail” sound or pop-up was a constant source of distraction while trying to get work done. Even with the advent of smartphones that advice was still mostly good enough. The phone meant… Read More »

Categories: 2017 February Neuroscience, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

New lawyer cyber dangers and how to avoid them

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Like the local bank, your practice holds valuable information and money. Your computer systems may contain client information, trade secrets, and intellectual property. Your trust accounts have large sums of money. A cyber breach or trust account theft will harm your clients and potentially cripple your practice. Security guards, specialized safes, and sophisticated procedures protect… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Technology, New Lawyers, Tech Tips

Don’t take the bait on a spear phishing attack

By now, most lawyers are familiar with phishing attacks. For those who are not, phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. They take the form of a message, allegedly from your bank or an online retailer you… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Tech Tips

Danger: When a hacker emails you instructions in the name of your client

The determination and energy of hackers knows no bounds. They show remarkable imagination and ingenuity in coming up with ever more devious ways to steal trust funds by duping lawyers. As an example of this, we have recently seen several instances where a fraudster hacked into a client’s email with the intent to divert funds… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Tech Tips

10 tips to better manage your inbox

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The LAWPRO Magazine article The day-to-day stresses and challenges of being a lawyer discusses how technology contributes to today’s frantic pace of practice. And if there is one technology that adds to the stress of a harried lawyer’s day, it’s their email inbox. Clearing out emails often feels like Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables…. Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

Tools and strategies for lawyers with vision impairments

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Toronto lawyer Ernst Ashurov was born with limited vision, and an eye injury in childhood left him almost completely blind; yet he runs a criminal and general litigation practice. In the first few years of his career, he was able to read print using extreme magnification glasses; but by 2006 he could no longer read…. Read More »

Categories: 2014 September Diversity, Articles, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

Computers running Windows XP SP3 or Office 2003 must be updated immediately

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As reported widely in the media and mentioned in the December 2013 LAWPRO Magazine, Microsoft ceased supporting Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) and Office 2003 (SP3) as of April 8, 2014. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for… Read More »

Categories: 2014 June - Year in Review 2013, Articles, Cyber dangers, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

Keeping your passwords strong and secure

Computer passwords are the keys that “unlock” our computer and network systems. We all have more passwords than we can remember. This tends to make us a bit lazy. We use obvious and easy-to-remember passwords – even the word “password” itself. Or worse: we don’t use them at all. Bad password habits are often one… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Legal Technology, Tech Tips
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