Update to iOS 15 Now

Apple’s latest update fixes security vulnerabilities in Safari and elsewhere, giving users enhanced protection from spyware and malicious WiFi networks.

For a complete list of all iOS 15 security features, watch the video or read this article available on Forbes.

Quick Steps for Lawyers to Improve Cybersecurity and Protect Client Data

From NW Sidebar:

In 2020, there was a 435 percent increase in ransomware as compared to 2019. How can you avoid a cyber security breach? Follow these six steps:

  • Install security patches and software updates immediately
  • Use firewalls
  • Download and activate anti-malware software
  • Require two-factor authentication
  • Use encryption
  • Protect email

Read the full post here.

Postscript

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Washington Amends Lawyer Marketing Rules to Permit In-Person Solicitation

Earlier this month, the Washington Supreme Court approved amendments to the RPCs permitting in-person solicitation and use of the designation of “specialist” in lawyer advertising. Below are the highlights, courtesy of NW Sidebar.

RPC 7.1, which requires truthfulness in all lawyer marketing communications regardless of the form, remains. The comments to RPC 7.1, in turn, are expanded to address advertising generally, specialization and law firm names that formerly resided in now-eliminated rules: respectively, former RPCs 7.2, 7.4 and 7.5. Of note in an age when most lawyers focus their practices narrowly, Comment 8 to RPC 7.1 now permits lawyers to specifically state that they are “specialists”—as long as that is true.

RPC 7.3, which governs in-person solicitation, is also reduced to its constitutional core and now generally permits in-person solicitation unless the contact is misleading, the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the physical or mental state of the person contacted impairs their judgment on employing legal counsel, or the solicitation amounts to harassment (including instances where the target informed the lawyer they did not wish to be contacted).

The package of amendments retains the general prohibition on paying for referrals outright but moves that provision to RPC 7.3(b). An accompanying technical amendment to RPC 5.5 makes clear that law firms can continue to practice across state lines.

Will Oregon follow suit? With COVID-19, it isn’t likely any Washington lawyers will take immediate advantage of the new leniency in solicitation. More pertinent for now is the ability to call yourself a specialist if you truly are.