Computers / Laptops / Netbooks - Legal Technology - Technologist
Technologist - The FindLaw Legal Technology Blog

Recently in Computers / Laptops / Netbooks Category

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.

Are You Insured Against Ransomware? You Should Be.

Ah, insurance: one of the most critical expenses that lawyers need -- yet so poorly understand. At least, lawyers may not fully grasp the important of certain types of insurance. Take ransomware, for instance. Does your firm have it? If not, do you need it?

BlackBerry Priv: The Triumphant Return?

If you're one of the die-hard BlackBerry devotees, you no doubt already have a BlackBerry Priv within arm's reach right now. After all, the phone's been on the market since early November.

With just a few weeks' time since its launch, the Priv has done well. But does that mean that professionals will make the switch back from iOS back to their BB devices?

It's not just computers that are vulnerable to hacking. According to McAfee Labs' 2016 Threats Prediction report, our dystopian near-future will see rapid increases in hacked wearables, p0wned critical infrastructure, and, yes, cyber attacks on your cars.

Get ready to add car hacking to your list of cybersecurity issues to know.

US Charges Hackers Who Targeted JP Morgan

Federal Prosecutors finally unsealed an indictment of criminal charges against three men who orchestrated what has been described as the "largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history." The formal indictment does not name the financial institutions directly, but a Reuters report confirms that JP Morgan Chase and ETrade were amongst the targeted companies.

The indictment alleges that three men -- two Israelis and one American -- co-conspired over the course of years to electronically hack, con, and illegally traffic goods profiting in hundreds of millions. In the words of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, "The charged crimes showcase a brave new world of hacking and profit ... This was hacking as a business model." The range and extent of their crimes is too massive to list here.

5 Tips for Hiring a Legal Tech Consultant

Don't fight the technology: master it. Or get someone who is a master to the job for you.

Small firms are depending on technology more and more to help them keep their business running smoothly. We've previously written about considering a social media dashboard to help you manage the social media accounts associated with your firm, so we're squarely in the camp that technology is your friend.

But you're lawyers. Many of you might not have the necessary skills to handle a major tech crisis. And even if you did, we hope you're so busy with clients that you can hire a technology consultant instead. Here are a few suggestions for hiring the right consultant for your legal tech needs.