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9 PMAP Website Resources to Help You Manage your Law Firm

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In recognition of National Small Business Week, check out a few of our favorite practice management and technology website resources to help you manage your small firm (or large firm):

  1. Start a Practice - Are you planning to start a practice? Navigate these resources to find tools to help you develop a business plan, create a budget, decide on an entity and firm name, find the right location, get the proper licenses/insurance, market, prepare for emergencies, choose technology, plus much more!
  2. Close a Practice - You're thinking about winding down your practice...but you have no clue where to begin. Check out the PMA's guide to close your office plus how to transition out of practice based on a variety of situations. We even have resources for succession planning!
  3. Firm or Law Partner Changes - Things happen: Lawyers decide to leave in order to form new partnerships, go solo, or dissolve practices. Our lawyers in transition section will help you navigate through a variety of situations. If you cannot locate a particular situation, contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.
  4. Build Your Practice - Whether you want to explore client development or learn how to build your business, our business development resources provide a variety of tips from a variety of marketing resources.
  5. Prepare for the Worst - With Atlantic Hurricane Season kicking off officially June 1st and manmade or natural disasters happening every day, it is important for law firms to create a disaster and emergency preparedness plan. Check out our Prepare page for tips and also request a free copy of our disaster handbook, if you do not one.
  6. Time and Business Management - How should you manage your time and stay organized in your business? Check out a few great tips here. (P.S. Don't forget to check out our SC Small Firm blog for more organization/time management tips and the PMAP Forms Bank for correspondence, checklists, plus more.)
  7. Technology Tips - Whether you are interested in learning more about technology or looking for a specific tech topic (software, security, consultants, etc.), our tech tips section will help you navigate through some of the most important decisions in managing your practice.
  8. Legal Research (for South Carolina Bar members) - Looking to conduct research for a particular case or cases? Check out the South Carolina Bar's free legal research member benefit Fastcase by logging into the Bar's website. Our FAQ's page will help show you how.
  9. Resources- Can't find a specific resource you're looking for? Don't forget the South Carolina Bar has over 160 resources available to active Bar members in good standing via the Lending Library. Also, check out the PMAP Videos Bank and the FAQ Bank for helpful tips and information.

Contact the Practice Management Assistance Program for further assistance in managing your law practice.

Bluetooth Users: Beware of Bluesnarfing!

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Do you enable Bluetooth on your phone, tablet, or mobile devices? If the answer is yes, you might want to reconsider (like me)!

Yesterday, I was the unlucky receiver of a rare (but not unusual) cyberattack: an attack to phish data with enabled Bluetooth! Picture this: While in my car using Bluetooth listening to music on my iPhone (my Android phone's Bluetooth was also enabled), I suddenly noticed something or someone trying to enter passwords to log in to my phones! At first, I thought I accidentally activated the login screen, but after a few minutes of studying what was going on, it was evident that someone was trying to access my phones’ data. I literally could see someone trying to enter a password on the login screen and then all of a sudden receive a failed attempt message (which also appeared on my screen). Whoever it was – kept doing it – untill I finally shut off the Bluetooth in my car, on the phones, and changed passwords.

After conducting some research, I discovered that cybercriminals within Bluetooth range are using Bluetooth as a tool to collect victim's personal data, called Bluesnarfing. They do this through a piece of software that enables them to download photos, text messages, music, passwords, and even confidential information like your banking records.

These types of attacks happen more than people realize and too many are unaware. With the confidential data that passes through or is stored on lawyers' devices, it is important that we all take precautionary measures. Regardless of which device you own, here are a couple of important tips to remember:

  1. Only use Bluetooth when absolutely necessary and only use public Wi-Fi with a reliable VPN. Turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off when you are not using them (althought it is always best not to use public Wi-Fi).
  2. Keep your device's software, apps, and operating system up to date. Allow automatic updates by the maker. If there are apps or programs you are no longer using - properly delete them.
  3. If you can, regularly check the internet to see if there are any important security/privacy settings you should change (view these setting updates for iPhone/iPad users and these setting updates for Android phone/tablet users)
  4. Change passwords / passcodes on a regular basis. Remember security experts now say it is better to have a longer password than it is to have a complicated password. (Hint: Set passwords to favorite sentences, phrases, songs, movie lines, etc. that no one else would know - although sentences of random words you can remember work best.) If your phone does not allow you to change passcodes (numbers) to long passwords, regularly change and reset your passcode on a weekly basis (or everytime you active public Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) and make it longer than 4 digits.
  5. When safe, always keep your devices in plain view sight and within your hand’s reach.
  6. Avoid storing information like passwords, banking information, and highly sensitive data on your devices. Use a password vault instead.

Follow SC Bar PMAP for further updates and if you see any articles or blog posts on this issue elsewhere, please email me at eworley@scbar.org .

Old iPads, iPhones, Androids, Tablets, Oh My!

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You’re thinking about buying a new iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet but what should you do with the old one? Toss it out?Recycle it? Sell it? Or put it to good use?

Getting rid of an old phone or tablet (not to mention ALL THAT DATA) can be quite overwhelming! However, it may not be as hard as it may seem! Discover a few simple resources and tips below to help make the switch an easier one:

Old iPhones, iPads, iPods, OH MY!

Old Android phones, tablets, etc.

Do you have a question about this topic? Email  pmap@scbar.org.

PMAP TECH TIP: Mobile Security Hygiene

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Do you connect to unknown wifi or computer networks when you are away from the office or forget to bring your own cable or plugs when you are out of the office for a meeting? Security professionals are encouraging technology users and business owners to pay close attention to good mobile security hygiene as indicated in this post from Air-Watch. This is especially important with employee security hygiene getting worse as ransomware exposes insider negligence, according to Security Magazine. Avoid ransomware infections and other cybersecurity problems by checking out these top 10 cybersecurity tips from SBA and don’t forget to contact pmap@scbar.org if you have any questions.

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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