Posts Tagged information security

Securing your LinkedIn account

Over the past year or so, well-publicized hacks into email services and social networks have prompted me to change several passwords. Of particular concern is all the spam I get from Yahoo addresses. The problem has died off, but several months ago I must have sent an

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Fine print in the clouds

What to look for in a provider’s service-level agreements Lawyers who want to use the cloud to meet their computing needs find themselves whipsawed. Cloud service providers promise up-to-date systems, great features and manageable IT costs. But questions stemming from professional responsibilities, such as privacy and confidentiality,

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Protection begins with assessment of access

Law firms handle plenty of sensitive information, both their own and that of their clients. A client’s competitor and opponents in a lawsuit are just two parties who may want to steal that information. “Security matters because it is not a theoretical risk,” says Martin Felsky, a

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Don’t let digital assets R.I.P.

Canadian law on digital assets not well developed For Dave Iverson, it’s unlocking computerized financial information of deceased clients. For Nicole Garton-Jones, it’s having deceased clients appear on her LinkedIn home page in the “People You May Know” section. It’s all part of the digital information trove

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Passwords: a story with legs

In the media, a topic is said to have legs when it recurs regularly. I know journalists who cover different stories on the same topic and reuse paragraphs in the middle of each story because the basic facts don’t change. Password leaks committed by major organizations is

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Protect your information: lie

Walmart got hacked by a security expert at a recent conference. The story was both funny and instructive, but it wasn’t funny for the Walmart employee duped into giving up all sorts of information the security expert could use to gain access to Walmart systems. (The security

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Some tips to get you wired, and secure

No matter which way you turn, chances are you use some type of technology during your workday. Here are some tips to help you keep that technology serving you well.

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Laptop safety tips

I’ve always hated the term “laptop” when applied to computers. Now somebody else has created an infographic that helps to explain why, while also providing a bunch of tips people need to understand when it comes to keeping their notebook computers safe. Thanks to Sydney Patterson at

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Time to BYOD — bring your own device

Not so long ago, law firms dictated what types of smartphones — typically BlackBerrys — their staff could use for work. This has been giving way to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, which may spell the end of the BlackBerry’s near-hegemony in the workplace. Some people attribute BYOD

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Understanding browser cookies

To make your web browsing experience more convenient, certain sites place information in text files that they can reference the next time you visit them. The name given to these text files, cookies, has taken on a negative connotation. That connotation isn’t really warranted. Cookies, in my

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