eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 6, No. 4 | Winter 2016

eLegal Tech News is a member-only newsletter that offers a grouping of insightful articles related to technology and its advancements. Articles in the eLegal Tech News newsletter are intended to help lawyers understand technical issues that might affect their clients or their law practice.


Practice Management Shopping List - Technology
As the year ends, and we shop for gifts for loved ones, gifts for business associates, and maybe gifts for ourselves, take a list at our growing practice management "wish list" for 2017. Click here to see the Bar's Practice 2.0 wish list so far.    Read more >>

In the News

Ashley Madison Owner Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle U.S. Investigations
The owner of dating site Ashley Madison has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission investigation and state charges related to the huge 2015 data breach, the FTC announced. "This case represents one of the largest data breaches that the FTC has investigated to date, implicating 36 million individuals worldwide," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said.    Read more >>


Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2016
From exploding smartphones and hoverboards to the proliferation of fake news on social media, many of our tech hardware, software and web products suffered embarrassing failures. Click here to see why behemoths like Google, Facebook and Samsung Electronics were on the firing line as a result.    Read more >>


Bank of America Takes $1,500 out of Account of Woman Who Deposited Check With Phone
Scottsdale resident Jennifer Rogers considers herself a savvy consumer. "I read terms and agreements. I make sure I'm doing things the right way," said Rogers. She thought she did things the right way when she used mobile depositing for a $1,500 check, but two months later Bank of America took it out of her account with no explanation. Learn why they took the money.    Read more >>

Security News

The Good, the Bad and the Careless ... Insider Behaviors That Cause Data Breaches
Data leaks by insiders are a growing threat to confidential customer and employee records, financial files and intellectual property. So what are the three employee behavior patterns around data security to watch out for? How much will it cost to clear up the damage of a leak? Will your business survive it? Click here to see an infographic that will help answer your questions.    Read more >>


Don't Click! Lawyers Get Fake Emails About a Complaint; Hyperlink Installs Malicious Software
Lawyers who receive emails about a complaint filed against their business may have a problem—but it's not because of an angry client. Clicking on the link will open a website that installs malicious software or ransomware on the lawyer's computer. Ransomware blocks computer access until the computer user pays money to get it unlocked.    Read more >>

Solo Practice Technology News

Could Your Human Resources Department Get Less Human?
Some of the questions you ask your human resources department could soon be answered by, well, non-humans. Talla, a Boston-area start-up that has developed a chatbot to do some of the more mundane tasks that HR departments carry out on a daily basis. That includes explaining company policy, surveying employees, collecting information or training new hires.    Read more >>


Searching for the Perfect Website Builder? Here's What Matters
Thanks to an influx of website builder tools on the internet, anyone can build a website without any prior web development or design experience. However, choosing from the tools in front of you may not be that easy. Which features matter most--and is there a right way to choose? Find out what to look for by clicking here.    Read more >>

Mobile Technology News

Lawyers Now Practice Law Everywhere They Go
According to eh ABA's 2016 TechReport, mobile technology is now decidedly ubiquitous for lawyers. Essentially all lawyers now access work email, perform legal research, or talk to clients or colleagues away from their offices using smartphones, laptops, or tablets. Though it's now fair to say that all lawyers incorporate mobile devices or remote work into their law practices, understanding how they do that shows there is still a lot of room for lawyers to expand their use of mobile technology. View the report here.    Read more >>


11 Must-Have Apps for Lawyers
Click through a gallery of the latest and greatest mobile apps for lawyers—for iPhone and Android users alike. View them here.    Read more >>

Social Media News

Seven Simple Ways to Master Your Instagram Account
Instagram, at first glance, seems like a pretty simple social network: Snap, post, repeat. But while the service started as a way to share artful pictures from your smartphone, it has evolved into a far more complex network for sharing photos and videos with friends—or an adoring public. Read tips that will help you master your Instagram account by clicking here.    Read more >>


"Don't Feed the Trolls" Really Is Good Advice. Here's the Evidence
Don't get caught up arguing with an internet troll. They'll deliberately post inflammatory comments and argumentative messages in an attempt to provoke, disrupt and upset you. This increased opportunity to socialize and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behavior. Click here to learn who these "trolls" might be and how to avoid them.    Read more >>

Software News

9 Business Tools for Working Smarter Instead of Harder
Time is of the essence when you're running a business. As an entrepreneur, you're responsible for a variety of duties—content creation, trend tracking and finding leads, just to name a few. And there often isn't enough time in the day to get everything on your checklist done. There is something to be said about hard work, but one thing is even better: working smart. See if any of the tools work for you by clicking here.    Read more >>


Microsoft's Surprise Hardware Hit ... The Surface Hub
When Microsoft launched its Surface Hub conference room computers about a year and a half ago, we weren't entirely sure what to make of them. On the one hand, they offered a smart mix of video conferencing, digital whiteboarding, and collaborative working with a price that felt surprisingly low. On the other hand, meeting rooms are where old technology clings on to the bitter end.    Read more >>

Tech Tips

Fortify Your Network
By making a few simple changes to your network configuration, you can protect your network from unwanted, outside access. Click here to learn more from Member Discount Provider LawPay.    Read more >>

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