The State of Law Firm Security

Viruses are More Common at Law Firms than Encryption, ABA Survey Shows

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“Nearly half of law firms were infected with viruses, spyware or malware last year, according to the latest ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. At the same time, only a quarter of law firms had any kind of email encryption available for their lawyers to use, the survey found.

Also, 14% of law firms experienced a security breach last year in the form of a lost or stolen computer or smartphone, a hacker, a break-in or a website exploit.”

Bob Ambrogi

Read the full post here.

Create a Cyber Security Plan for Your Law Firm

Cyber attacks on small businesses are in the rise. How can you protect your firm?

If you use WordPress for your Web site or blog, you must read this: Guard Your Blog Against WordPress Attacks.
Next, use this article as a checklist to determine if your firm is secure.
Attend our CLE on May 16: “Protect Your Firm and Your Clients from Scams, Fraud, and Financial Loss.” Learn about risk management techniques, fraud protection services, and cyber liability coverage included in the PLF Excess Plan.

Take a WIFF!

Arson, theft, floods, windstorms, landslides, earthquakes, illness….  These are not pleasant topics of conversation.  So much so that we easily talk ourselves into believing “Nothing will happen to me.”  But as this excerpt illustrates, we are all vulnerable. Emergencies can and do happen. You owe it to yourself, your family, your employees, and your clients to prepare.  So follow along with me and learn how:

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis

Rx for a Sick iPad

My husband and I “share” custody of an iPad.  He purchased it; I get visitation rights.  This division works well, since my mobile communication needs are met by my iPhone and laptop.

Even so, the iPad is near and dear to my heart, and like many users I considered it virus-free (or as close to virus-free as any device with Internet access can get).  Recent problems with our Mail program have changed my mind.

Every time we tried to launch the Mail app, it would abruptly close.  All the other apps were functioning.  Just before this symptom appeared, my husband reported that he was unable to delete a spam message we had received.

If you suspect your iPad has a virus, the published recommendation is to re-sync with iTunes.  We tried re-syncing.  Twice.  We also tried a hard reset (powering the iPad off, then back on.)   No go.

A little more background:  We download mail to two desktops, my iPhone, and my husband’s iPad.  My iPhone was working fine, so were our desktops.  We ran anti virus/anti malware scans just to be safe – our desktops passed with flying colors.

Now what?  We tried searching the forums, but decided to cut to the chase.  So it was Apple Care to the rescue!  If your mail isn’t functioning and you suspect a virus:

  1. Delete the spam message from your Web mail server.
  2. Try syncing with iTunes.  It didn’t work for us, but it may work for you.
  3. If syncing doesn’t solve the problem, backup your iPad using iTunes.
  4. Do a full restore.

Step one is important, otherwise once your device is restored you’ll download the spam again and repeat the problem.  Don’t be afraid – the backup and full restore really do work.

Apple also cautions against downloading anything other than bonafide apps from the iTunes store.  Not our issue, but worth mentioning.

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis