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I once had a car, a 1986 Nissan Pulsar NX, that had no keys. The ignition was started with a screwdriver, and the doors were always unlocked. I had this car for more than two years before it was towed away by the city.

Imagine an estimated two-thirds of your Internet accounts being that car. This, my friends, is Heartbleed, which has left the doors open since 2011. And the locksmiths are taking their time going around and changing the locks.

Here are a few tips for managing this minor crisis:

What Is Reputation Management?

In our profession, reputation can make or break a practice. That's why it's paramount to being a competent and successful legal practitioner to manage your reputation.

Here are some basic principles of reputation management that every lawyer should know.

Beware: The Crypto Locker Computer Virus Strikes Again

The Crypto Locker virus strikes again -- this time targeting the computers of a law firm in North Carolina.

Using a deceptive email, the Crypto Locker virus locked the firm out of all their computer files and demanded a ransom to release the documents, Charlotte's WSOC 9-TV reports.

As if jury and arrest warrant scams weren't enough, law firms need to be aware of the Crypto Locker virus and what can be done to protect your files.

This came out of nowhere.

Yesterday morning, one of our favorite legal voices suddenly shifted domains. The Volokh Conspiracy went mainstream media and was consumed by a corporate giant -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Washington Post. Will the libertarians suddenly become liberal? Will we be able to continue to read their rants without forking over cash money?

Relax everybody. It seems, other than a domain name redirect, we predict it'll be business as usual.

You don't have a previously unannounced hearing, it seems.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) just posted a security alert about an ongoing email spam scam (say that three times fast), alerting lawyers about an impeding court hearing. The attachments, of course, contain nasty malware. And the emails aren't just coming from faux federal courts -- some state courts are affected as well.

Plus, it gets worse. Some of the fake email messages appear to be coming from BigLaw email addresses.

An angry rage tweet by a BigLaw partner, dispatched in response to a popular law blog's sarcasm, made blog headlines, embarrassing both himself and his firm.

A P.R. professional made an insensitive and racist joke about AIDS and Africa. She actually trended globally on Twitter, while her flight was in-air, and was fired when she landed.

How do you avoid a similar snafu?

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. LinkedIn. Google+.

There are more, but those are the big six social networks that you should be aware of in 2014. But you don't have time for that, do you? You're a lawyer, not a tween with a smartphone. Between practicing law, abusing and interrogating associates, and dropping knowledge in blog posts, you don't have time to spend all day on Fapintwistagramin+.

Fair enough. These tools should help.

2014: The Year of Social Media Engagement

Now that you've got a "handle" on Twitter and other social media platforms, take your social media prowess to the next level: Make 2014 the year of engagement. It's all about beefing up posting where it will reach your audience and dialing back where it's failed to resonate.

Here's a breakdown of five platforms to help jumpstart your Social Media Plan 2.0:

We're going to steal a page from our Technologist blog and talk tech today. But don't worry, it's relevant -- we promise.

Small firms operate under constraints we can identify with -- limited budget, no room for downtime, and a need for maximum productivity. Some of these tips will prevent PC-crashing panic. Others keep you working -- at home, in the office, or on the road, with no downtime. Each is worth considering in the New Year, if you haven't already taken the leap yet.

Personal Injury Videos: Should You Use Them?

Have you ever thought about using the services of a video production company -- not to make a cheesy lawyer TV ad -- but to create personal injury videos for use in legal proceedings?

The videos, which are typically used in litigation, mediation, and arbitration, give a bird's eye view of how an injury affects a plaintiff (or in a wrongful death suit, the victim's loved ones) or how an accident occurred.

Here's an overview of common types of videos used in personal injury cases and a few of their caveats.