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Road Rage in the Age of Self-Driving Cars

What happens if a self-driving car cuts you off?

It's not like you can flip-off the driver. Yelling won't do any good either, except perhaps to release some road rage.

It's a question that lawyers broached at the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in Florida. The program, broadcast through Legal Talk Network, focused on the challenge of road rage in the age of self-driving cars.

According to panelists, driverless cars are not the problem. They are part of the solution.

Top 3 Tips to Keep Legal Documents Secure

Not so long ago, cybersecurity was not even a word in the dictionary. Type the word into a Google search now and you will see more than 25 million results in less than a second.

Punctuated by the occasional 1.5 billion email hacks at Yahoo or other internet service provider, cybersecurity is probably the main concern in information technology today. It is the word in IT.

For attorneys, whose profession is built on tenets such as attorney-client confidentiality, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Client files, financial information, and endless stores of digital documents must be safeguarded.

Here are some top tips to keep your legal documents secure:

Tech Gifts for Lawyers in a Flash

Unless you're sending flowers or candy, it might be too late to have a gift delivered by Christmas. At this point, you might have to hunt down the perfect gift the old fashioned way: driving to a store.

Or maybe not! To make your gift search less tedious, we put together a quick list of tech gifts, most of which can be ordered online and sent instantaneously to the recipient. 

Smart lawyers use two computer monitors. A second screen is one of the few plug-and-play tech additions you can get that will really improve your productivity and ease of work, almost instantly. With two displays, you can draft a letter on the screen on the left while looking at client notes on the right, edit a document on one screen while reviewing research on another, or just stream Netflix on one screen while working late on the other. After a few days of using dual screens, going back to one will make you feel like a chump.

But if you're on the run, you're usually out of luck, trapped by your laptop or tablet's single screen. Thankfully, someone has come up with a simple, ingenious solution.

It’s one thing to have your LinkedIn or Dropbox account compromised by hackers. It’s another to have hackers break into your email account, impersonate your typo-filled writing, then convince opposing counsel to send a $63,000 settlement payment to the hacker’s offshore bank account.

Unfortunately, that’s just what happened to one Virginia attorney. The lesson: if you know your email has been compromised, clue in opposing counsel, or you could be responsible for whatever loss follows.

Switching to Macs in Your Law Practice: The Basics

According to a recent survey by the Legal Technology Resource Center at the ABA, approximately eight percent of responding lawyers reported that they used a Macintosh in their practice (Macbook, Air, etc.). That doesn't sound like a lot, but it sounds more impressive when you note that the number used to be a little under six percent in 2014 when the same survey was taken.

That means the number is growing, but it's still surprisingly low. Here are a few tips for you to get started switching to Macs in your practice.

When Should You Upgrade Your Work Computer?

A number of unavoidable expenses go into running your own business. Maintaining the most efficient computer system for your needs is one of them. We went from writing by hand, to typewriters, to PCs, to talking to our computers all within a century. Technology is moving fast and nobody expects it to slow down.

This isn't to say you need to be on the cutting edge of tech -- you just need to keep your head above the water. So, what are the signs that it's definitely time to upgrade your computer?

The NSA wants it, eDiscovery professionals are obsessed with it, and your files are secretly full of it. It’s metadata, the data about data that’s kept in most electronically stored information. And it’s had a major impact on the legal field over the past several years.

So when it comes to metadata, you’ll want to make sure you know your stuff. With that in mind, here are our top metadata explainers and tips, from the FindLaw archives.

If you're an attorney (or anyone) using Windows, computer security experts have an urgent message for you: uninstall QuickTime, immediately. That's because the Window's version of QuickTime, the multimedia program found on most computers, is no longer supported by Apple, its maker.

That means the software will still work, but there will be no more security support -- leaving QuickTime users vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. So, follow the advice of the experts (including the Department of Homeland Security) and kick QuickTime off your computer. Here's how.

You were into the Microsoft Office Suite before it was cool; now you're looking for the next best thing. You're tired of the Apple fanboys and want to support the underdog. Or, you just really hate PowerPoint.

Don't worry, there are plenty of alternatives to dominant software out there -- good, often cheap, and sometimes free alternatives. So, if you want your law office to take the road less traveled by (technologically speaking), we're here to help you out. Here are our top alternative tech posts, from the FindLaw archives.