See You at ABA TECHSHOW 2016?

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 30th annual ABA Techshow in Chicago. It’ll be my first time at the event, and I’m honored to have been asked to speak on two different panels. However, as much as I’m looking forward to those presentations, I’m really looking forward to everything the event has to offer, and I’m hoping to see you there. (more…)

10 Best Email Apps to Tame Your Runaway Inbox

email appsEmail is everywhere. It’s ubiquitous and universal. And thanks to Smartphones, it’s always with us. The universal “ever-presence” of email makes managing your email accounts not just important, but essential to maintaining even the most basic semblance of organization.

Ok, so maybe I’m being a little more dramatic than necessary. However, when I became disillusioned with the stock mail app on my iPhone, I decided to make my personal quest to find a better email app into a much greater adventure – figuring out what makes an email app good, great, or better… and then figuring out which app does it best, on iOS and Android.

Here are the 10 Best Email Apps for iOS and Android: (more…)

How to Archive Your Digital Files in a Paperless Law Firm

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I’ve talked a lot recently about the necessity of backing up your law firm’s data. Losing your data due to computer malfunction, user error, hacking, or any other event can be truly damaging to your law firm and your reputation. However, the rise of the Paperless Law Firm actually creates a new dilemma that few lawyers appreciate: what to do with electronic documents in closed files.

What you need is a system of archiving your client files that allows them to be preserved for an extended period of time, and in a retrievable format. Here are _ steps to archiving… (more…)

Apple’s Response: 5 Different Ways the FBI’s Argument Blows

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Yep, Apple finally submitted it’s response to the FBI today…

So, I’ve done you all a huge favor and read Apple’s entire Motion (and supporting brief) to Vacate the Ex Parte Order issued last week. For those of you who don’t know, here are the basics:

Note: This is my summary of the situation, so it is not free of bias. I am now and have long been a supporter of strong security measures in mobile devices, and a strong supporter of Apple in this case. If you wish to debate the relative merits, we can do that elsewhere. (more…)

6 Damn Good Reasons You Really Need VoIP Phone Service

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Your law firm needs to have its phone system. Aside from being a fairly basic requirement from every state bar in order to practice law, it’s a pretty nice thing to have whenever you need to talk to someone (or they need to talk to you).

Being such a basic need, you probably haven’t given it a second thought since it was installed. It’s exactly that line of thinking that has allowed you to be grotesquely overcharged for service from the phone company. And for a service that is far inferior to another option: VoIP Phone Service.

That’s right – phone over the internet. But you’re used to your phone service, and I’d better have some damn good reasons to switch to something different. Well, here goes: (more…)

Phishing: When One Email Shuts Down Your Law Firm

phishing

It can happen.

It almost happened to me yesterday.

I opened up my email and saw one from a familiar sender, but with a strange subject line entry. The body of the email instructed me to remit payment based on instructions in the attached invoice, referring to the information below.

What I saw there was a poor copy-paste job of a local bank’s information page, with a link in the center (written out as a file ending in “.doc”). There was nothing attached, and the email instructed me to view the “attachment.”

Our IT vendor was immediately notified.

But what if I’d clicked on the link? (more…)

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