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E-FAIL IN EMAIL

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If you currently use email to communicate with clients via PGP/GPG or S/MIME for encryption, those emails may not be secure.

However, while several critical vulnerabilities were discovered in email, technology experts are saying don’t panic.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommends users disable and/or uninstall tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email and/or use alternative end-to-end secure channels. Experts also recommend including client disclaimers in lawyer emails. EFF reports that this is a temporary stopgap until more information is publicly available and known.

Follow EFF for updates or contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

Is that really technical support? Scam Alert!

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In the past, you may have been targeted by scammers claiming to be technical support from Microsoft, Apple, a printer company, or internet service provider due to a recent purchase or technical issue. In many of those instances, the scammer likely called you.

Recently, the FBI reported an increase in technical support bait and hook tactics, including the user being fooled to call the scammer!

Before you dismiss this reoccurring scam, be sure to review with your staff the variations, trends, and tips from the FBI and ZDNet.

Contact pmap@scbar.org if you have any questions.

Assessing Online and Offline Tech-Integrations

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Does your firm website integrate with social media and your practice management system?

How long has it been since you reviewed user agreements, third-party apps, permissions, privacy settings, products, devices and services?

The recent Facebook data breach is an excellent reminder for law firms to evaluate not only where digital traffic is going but also where the data might end up. For information on how to secure your privacy via social mediathird-party apps and more visit the Identity Theft Resource Center or StaySafeOnline. Also, check out the security resources via the Practice Management Assistance Program.

Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

Understanding Encryption…

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Does your firm require full-disk encryption on every work-purpose mobile device or laptop?

Do you know if your client’s information is safe and confidential?

If your computer or mobile device is password protected but not encrypted, it may not be protected as this article from The New York Times points out. Don’t be intimidated: encryption is not difficult to achieve.

If you do encrypt, it is important to understand which form you have, as encryption comes in many forms (depending on the device). Some examples include full-disk hardware encryption, operating system encryption, third-party software encryption, external drive encryption, email encryption, mobile encryption and cloud-storage encryption.

Evaluate the technology you use and make sure all possible areas are protected as well. Contact pmap@scbar.org for free assistance if you have questions.