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Online Shopping Pointers

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The holiday shopping season is here, and many busy lawyers and IT-centric folk will do the majority of their shopping online. Here are a few online shopping tips from PC Mag to keep in mind in honor of #CyberMonday and beyond (many retailers will extend deals throughout the month).  Additionally, if you’re an avid shopper on Amazon, as a safety precaution, turn on two-step authentication to help prevent nefarious users from breaking into your Amazon account. For more information about this feature and how to enable it, read this article from TechRepublic. In addition, if you are interested in viewing the other major business and brand websites that currently support two-factor authentication via text, e-mail, SMS, et al, visit the Two-Factor Authentication page. (Note: there are several on this list that may surprise you!) Also, legal professionals and/or attorneys, note that if you are an avid user of Google Apps for Work or Google Apps for Business to be sure to turn on two-factor authentication there as explained in this oldie but goldie ABA Law Practice Today article written by Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association.  Safe online shopping to All from your Bar's Practice Management Assistance Program - pmap@scbar.org!

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Smartphone Protection

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Smartphones and mobile devices are a must-have item for lawyers and staff. Not only are they a tool powerhouse at your fingertips, but they are a valuable bank of data all packed into one handheld device. Do you properly protect your prized possession? Naturally, you need to protect the data that passes through and is stored on the device by password protecting or encrypting your phone. But what about the device itself? Watch this video clip to see why it’s important to physically protect your phone.

Legal Apps

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Did you know you can find legal apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play? The Lawyerist has created an informative, sortable table of every legal app for iPhone and iPad, including apps for billing. You can also search law school websites for more lists, such as Arizona State’s.

Beginners Encryption

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With lawyers turning to mobile devices (notebooks, tablets, smartphones) over desktop computers, encryption has become even more important. The good news is that there are many reliable, inexpensive products that can make encryption easier for anyone to do. To educate yourself, start with Lifehacker’s Beginner’s Guide to Encryption, then their updated article on Five Best File Encryption Tools. Read Law Technology Today’s Encryption is Not a Four Letter Word, then PCWorld’s How to Encrypt (Almost) Anything. Lastly, finish with Easy Encryption for Email – Not an Oxymoron by Catherine Sanders Reach. Don’t rely on your computer person to do everything for you. Lawyers need to understand encryption for a variety of reasons.