Suddenly you’re unable to login to your email account. Your friends say they’re getting strange spam emails from you. Chances are, you’ve been hacked. What do you do now?
1. Regain control of your account. Try resetting your password by clicking the “forgot password?” link. Of course, this will only work if the hacker hasn’t already changed your reset address or your security questions. Fortunately, most major online services have tools in place to help you get your account back after it has been taken over by someone else. Here’s how to do that on Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.
2. Change your password. Now that you’re back in, choose a new, strong password that contains a mix of upper and lower case letters and numbers.
3. Check your password resets and email settings. Make sure the hacker hasn’t changed the answers to your security questions, or changed the questions themselves. Is the email address listed as your account recovery address correct? Also, check your email rules/settings to make sure nothing is being forwarded to another account.
4. Change other passwords. If your email account has been hacked, your other online accounts may be at risk as well. This is especially true if you use the same or similar passwords for multiple accounts (something you should never do!).
Read this article from Wired.com for a more detailed look at the steps you can take to control the damage after one of your online accounts is compromised, whether you were hacked, phished, or had malware installed.
Since most of us regularly recharge our smartphones and tablets, we don’t often think about having a battery backup plan. To avoid being caught in a situation where your mobile device’s battery is on the verge of dying, read Dennis Kennedy’s recent blog post, Keeping Your Mobile Devices Charged. His number one tip: pack an extension cord in your briefcase! He also points to another helpful post from TechHive titled 10 Tips to keep your mobile devices charged and happy. Also check out Mophie’s “Juice Packs” - lightweight external battery cases that can double your battery life when have no time to plug in. Better safe than sorry!
The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues. Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force.
If you’re thinking about attending ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago this year but still haven’t registered, here’s some great news! The early bird registration deadline has been extended to March 18th. If you’ve been to TECHSHOW, you know what a great experience it is. Attendees learn about the most useful and common technologies available to lawyers. If you’ve never attended TECHSHOW before, take a look at the First Time Experience Guide and Conference Schedule to get a feel for everything this conference has to offer. Reserve your spot now to get the lowest rates!
Trust account problems are one of the top reasons lawyers are disciplined. A recent article titled Tips for Handling Client Funds by Mark Bassingthwaighte, a risk manager with ALPS, contains great tips for any lawyer who has a client trust account. Although this list does not include South Carolina-specific rules regarding trust accounts, it offers good advice on practices that will help you keep on top of trust accounts and out of trouble. S.C. Bar members should also review the guide Trust Accounting and Financial Recordkeeping in South Carolina.