I reported recently that I started backing up my work files to CoreVault, the online storage company recommended by the SC Bar. Yesterday, I pulled up an old column of mine in Word, meaning to edit it and save it as a new file. Well, you know what happened. I accidentally clicked “save,” not “save as.” (I click “save” every few seconds without even thinking now – one never knows when the power might blink.) The thud feeling in my stomach was quickly replaced by the realization that I could restore the file from CoreVault. It has been a few weeks since Edward at CoreVault helped me get started and at first I wasn’t sure where to go on my PC to restore a file. I was determined to try to figure it out before I called CoreVault for help. But I found the CoreVault software in my Windows programs list, and the rest was a breeze. I was able to connect to my online backup and navigate to the file I needed, then restore it to its former location. I also noticed I could search for the file in CoreVault if I didn’t remember where it was. Voila! What could have been a disaster for a practicing lawyer was a mere hiccup in the day.
Fellow Practice Management Advisor, Linda Oligschlaeger, of the Missouri Bar, recently published 15 Recession-Response Tips for Small Firm Lawyers in the ABA Law Practice magazine. These tips are now available online.
#6 is “Look at the resources offered by your bar association.” The SC Bar was one of the first nationwide to launch a web resource for lawyers dealing with a down economy. If you haven’t already, visit the Career Counsel pages.
Ben Schorr, CEO of Roland Schorr in Hawaii and author of one of my favorite new books, The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007 (which you can check out from our lending library or purchase your own online) has a tip for testing backups that I love. It’s simple and it makes sense.
Most experts agree that if you haven’t tested a backup, you can’t be certain you really have a backup. Ben’s tip is this: An easy way to test backups is to create a small file called “#BackupTest” and put it with your documents. It can be a Word document or whatever; it doesn’t really matter. Every now and then, delete it from your system, then try to restore it from your most recent backup.
Throughout the years I’ve talked to lawyers who found out the hard way that their computer backup wasn’t functioning or was corrupted. A test restore of a document could have prevented a lot of expense and anguish (not to mention protecting the lawyers from possible ethics violations).
Like so many lawyers, I am torn about using Facebook. I initially began using it because it was a cool new gadget and I’m a dweeb — oh, and to stay in touch with friends and family. My goal has been to try to keep Facebook purely personal (and private) and use Linkedin for professional connections. It isn’t always easy. Realistically, Facebook is a social networking website. Its very foundation is sharing with others by the widest medium possible: the Internet. How does privacy jive with this?
Well, you can strictly limit your information on Facebook (including the fact that you are even on Facebook) to just the friends (connections) you choose. That is an important fact. But where I ran into difficulty was in trying to keep my friends, but limit what some of them saw. The fact is, while I do want to stay in touch with my connections, I don’t feel the need to stay in touch with some as often as others.
Was I successful limiting what some of my friends could view? Mostly, but not 100%. If you want to try this, go to Settings/Privacy Settings/Profile and then go down the list of everything you see, choosing “customize” where possible. Options are to let everyone on Facebook see something, or just friends of friends, or only friends. Plus, there is the added option of customizing by individual. After each setting you change, be sure to click “Save Changes.” Don’t change a bunch and then click it, or it may not work. Also go to Settings/Application Settings and edit those as well. It’s tedious. You can type a friend’s name in a field in Facebook settings to see how that friend views your page. That’s how you will know if you were successful or not. Good luck!
Lawyers on Facebook – what are the risks and are there any real benefits?
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