LinkedIn is the most popular social media tool among lawyers. As with other social media profiles, it’s important to secure your account with a strong password and consider limiting the amount of profile information visible to the public. Click here for details on changing your privacy settings to limit the amount of personal info in your LinkedIn account that others can view. As for security, even the strongest password is not unhackable. Using two-factor authentication for your LinkedIn account (and other accounts, like Gmail) will give you an extra layer of account security. When you enable this feature, LinkedIn will require a code sent to your phone if you try to log in from an unknown device or computer. Follow these simple instructions for turning on this additional layer of security for LinkedIn. Also, take a look at this list of popular services -like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Facebook - that give you the option of enabling two-factor authentication. The list includes instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication for each service.
Apple recently released a security update for its mobile operating system, iOS, to fix a dangerous security flaw that leaves iPhone and iPad users open to attack. Users are particularly susceptible on public wi-fi, as the vulnerability allows hackers to intercept communications such as email and logins. The vulnerability also affects Mac computers and this afternoon, Apple released a patch for Mac computers to deal with the same security flaw. Click here to read more about Apple’s security bug.
The average attorney spends much of the work day staring at a computer, tablet, or smartphone screen. Eye doctors caution that all of that screen time may put users at risk for increasing myopia (nearsightedness) and may even lead to long-term problems like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect your eyes from strain. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at your computer screen, try to remember to look into the distance for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break. Click here for more tips to reduce computer-related eye strain.
The Rules of Professional Conduct are clear: “A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client…”When lawyers fail to protect themselves from computer security breaches, they also fail to protect their client. But other than using antivirus software, many lawyers don’t know what they should be on the lookout for.
Phishing scams are one of the most common email based attacks. These fraudulent emails appear to be from a legitimate website – Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, or even your bank – and ask you to provide personal information such as your username, password, or bank account info. To protect yourself from these scams, you should never respond to requests for your password via email. Also, avoid using links included in suspicious emails. Links may appear to take you to a trusted site, but really direct you to another. Instead of following the link, simply type the name of the site in a new window. Click here to read more helpful tips for spotting a phishing email.
Other steps you should take to protect yourself from cyber security threats may seem a little obvious, but not following these strategies has gotten many users (lawyers included) into a lot of trouble. Some common sense tips from the DHS:
- Set secure passwords and do not share them with anyone. For help crafting a strong password, read these tips or simply use the Strong Password Generator.
- Update your operating system, browser, and anti-virus software.
- Be cautious when opening attachments. Retailers do not typically send emails with attachments. If you have any doubt, contact the retailer directly and ask if they sent the email attachment.
Reporting these scams will help stop their spread. Most email providers, including Gmail and Yahoo! have forms that allow you to report suspected phishing scams.
This year, it’s easy to find a little something for the techie in your life for under $100 – stocking ready!
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player - Plug this little device into your HDTV and watch content from your computer, smartphone, iPad or Android tablet on the big screen. It’s all done through your home WiFi. You won’t need a remote – you control the action from your own device. You can currently “cast” content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music onto your TV. You can also project anything in the Chrome browser onto your TV. It’s available from the Google Play Store for $35. If you want more options, check out the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player ($88 on Amazon). Roku 3 offers more entertainment choices, plus a remote control that has a headphone jack and included headphones. Lest anyone think I am dissing Apple, you can shell out a bit more dough and get the 3rd generation Apple TV for $99. Whichever you choose, you have to love how small all of these devices are.
Styli – Typing with chubby fingers is no problem with the Chromo Inc® colorful 10 pack of mini-styli (plural for stylus) for the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and more. Just attach a color-coordinated stylus to the device’s audio jack so you always have it. Around 7 bucks for the whole set.
Jazz up your iPhone camera – For the person who uses their phone as their primary camera, how about an attachable camera lens? The FOM Telescope 8X Zoom Telephoto Long Focal Camera Lens Tripod for iPhone 4 and 4S is just $12.
Custom phone case – For a personalized gift, why not a customized phone case? Use your own photo and have it made into a smartphone case. Sold by many companies online, including MyCustomCase.com and Vistaprint .
Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself a little something. If you have a Kindle and you’ve also bought print books from Amazon in the past, Amazon just started something called Kindle MatchBook. If you previously purchased an eligible print book you can now buy it for your Kindle for a song: one to three bucks. Some are even free.