eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 4, No. 3 | Fall 2014

eLegal Tech News is a member-only newsletter that offers a grouping of insightful articles related to technology and its advancements. Articles in the eLegal Tech News newsletter are intended to help lawyers understand technical issues that might affect their clients or their law practice.

In the News
 

The Celebrity-Hacking Scandal Is a Rude Wake-Up Call on Cloud Security
The latest hack involving celebrities is much more than an embarrassing moment for a few superstars. It's a wake-up call for all of us. Virtually everyone depends on the cloud to share sensitive information, but now we know that whether it's sensitive pictures or critical business plans, it's all potentially vulnerable.    Read more >>

 
 

Should Complaining About Work on Social Media Be a Fireable Offense?
While trashing your employer on social media may sound like a recipe for disaster, a national labor agency has just ruled that it is not necessarily a fireable offense.    Read more >>

 
Security News
 

3 Steps to Producing Powerful Passwords
What do you do when that dreaded moment comes when you have to come up with another password? Maybe they are out there but I don't know anyone who thinks coming up with passwords and remembering them is fun.    Read more >>

 
 

Wireless Security for the Legal Profession
What lawyers should know about wireless connections and security. Wireless computing and communication devices are everywhere and used by everyone, including legal professionals. Although extremely convenient, using a wireless communication device may not be appropriate for sensitive and/or confidential matters, due to the unsecure nature of wireless connections.    Read more >>

 
 

Best Practices for Employees to Protect the Company From Hackers
In today's online world, technology users are essentially in a state of near-constant attack. Almost every day there's a new data breach in the news involving a well-known company and quite often fresh rules for protecting personal information are circulated. Because of malware in email, phishing messages and malicious websites with URLs that are one letter different from popular sites, employees need to maintain a high level of awareness and diligence to protect themselves and their organizations.    Read more >>

 
Solo Practice Technology News
 

How Do You Provide Client Hand-holding if You Run a Virtual Firm?
(PODCAST) Opportunities are growing for lawyers to practice law in digital spaces. But clients still want and need individual attention. If you have a virtual law practice, how can you provide the hand-holding necessary for clients? ABA Journal reporter Stephanie Francis Ward speaks to three attorneys–all ABA Journal Legal Rebels–about how they manage this.    Read more >>

 
 

Is It Possible to Go Completely Paperless in a Law Office?
Let me start out with some harsh truth. When I talk about going paperless, it has almost nothing to do with the environment. There are maybe five lawyers in the whole country who really feel that their printing of exhibits is destroying Mother Gaia and are therefore motivated to go paperless.    Read more >>

 
Mobile Technology News
 

The Dark Side of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
The BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, trend offers pluses for both employers and employees, but sometimes there's a hitch. Under certain circumstances, the owner of a device suddenly might lose all of the data stored on it.    Read more >>

 
 

A Federal Judge and His iPad
Lawyers have embraced mobile computing at a much faster rate than other types of emerging technologies. In fact, according to the American Bar Association's 2013 legal technology survey, nearly 91% of lawyers now use smartphones in their law practices, up from 89% in 2012. Tablet use has also increased quickly, with 48% of lawyers reporting that they now use tablets in their law practices, up from 33% in 2012.    Read more >>

 
Social Media News
 

Simple Content Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses
Busy business owners need to market but they also need to prioritize. Your staffers might pitch in with blogging or tweeting along with their other unrelated responsibilities, and it's essential that their time is maximized. You can content market and ensure that your ultimate goals are still being met without breaking the "time and resources" bank. Here are a few tips to manage a content strategy while keeping your focus.    Read more >>

 
 

5 Predictions About the Growing Power of Online Customer Reviews
We all do it–routinely sort through search results by customer star ratings and scroll through buyer feedback before making a final shopping decision. It's no secret the way consumers make decisions has dramatically changed from over the last decade. We stand in stores, use our smartphones to compare prices and product reviews. Family and friends instantly weigh in via social media. When we are ready to buy, an ever-growing list of online retailers deliver products directly to our homes, sometimes even on the same day.    Read more >>

 
Software News
 

CRM Software Providers Automate Updates; Law Firms Make Money
While it's often tough to get lawyers to regularly update their customer relationship management software—a kind of firmwide Rolodex on analytic steroids—software makers have been busy trying to make the applications as painless to use as possible.    Read more >>

 
Tech Tips
 

Ensure Secure Online Payments
For information about how to safely handle or store sensitive client credit card information, click below. State Bar Member Discount Provider LawPay covers the options, regulations, and security of this technology.    Read more >>

 
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