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Understanding Encryption…


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 for free assistance if you have questions.

How to Text through Email


Many clients are preferring to text with lawyers, but is texting a good idea?

How will you keep a record of your communications with the client? One alternative is to text using email. You can send a text message through email if you know your client’s phone carrier. Texts sent via email are easier to track and store in your firm’s case management system.

For a full explanation of how to text through email, check out this article from inPractice.

For questions about using email and texts with clients, email Courtney Troutman at

Selecting New Technology?


Is it time to make some office technology upgrades or purchase new hardware or software?

Before you run out to make any decisions, be sure to review the new Selecting New  Technology webpage from PMAP. This member resource contains checklists to make solid technology decisions for the new small law firm. It also contains lists to help you answer questions such as how to choose a “Mac” Computerhow to choose practice management software and what are the must-have tools for your law practice?

Have questions about technology upgrades? Contact for assistance.

New Year’s Predictions: What Could Happen with Legal Technology in 2018


It's a new year and many leading legal experts have made their predictions about what to expect and what could happen with legal technology in 2018. made three tech predictions – that legal bots will become more common, legal developers will find more uses for blockchain in the form of smart contracts and new cyber attacks will continue to shake the world.

The MyCase blog predictions include the rapid adoption of cloud services such as Office 365.

Also, that AI (artificial intelligence) is already becoming embedded in all kinds of software (legal research provider Fastcase is working to make AI available to lawyers), email will soon become a disfavored avenue of communication with clients and more lawyers will need to develop niche practices to combat alternative legal providers online.

For even more predictions, download Bluelock, LLC’s 2018 Legal Technology Predictions white paper.

Contact with questions.