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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Comcast (which won't matter soon if the Justice Department approves Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable), they go and do this. According to a lawsuit recently filed in San Francisco, Comcast secretly enabled a "feature" in Comcast-owned wireless routers that broadcasts a public wireless signal from those routers.

Comcast is hijacking your wireless network! Well, sort of. But it's still sneaky, if true.

Thanks to lobbying by totally disinterested third parties like Comcast and Verizon, 20 states have laws on the books prohibiting municipalities from creating municipal broadband or wireless Internet services ("Wi-Fi"). Effectively, under these laws, the cities themselves can't build Internet infrastructure; they have to obtain it through a private company.

But at least seven cities and counties in Colorado, reports Ars Technica, are defying state law and approving the installation of public broadband Internet and wireless.

Remember when everyone offered free email? At a certain point, it didn't matter which one you picked because they were all free. The only differentiator was feature set, and for a while, all the freebies (Hotmail, Yahoo) looked exactly the same ... until Gmail shook things up and everyone else played catch-up.

To a certain extent, we have the same thing happening with cloud storage: it's space, on the Internet, to store your files. DropBox was revolutionary, but now there are fifty-seven* companies offering the exact same service. How bad is the market saturation? Here's a breakdown of your choices for free and paid service, respectively.

Your wireless network probably isn't very secure. It's not your fault -- they come out of the box semi-secure, with just enough settings enabled to lull you into thinking that your home or office network is safe and sound. It might be, but you probably want to be sure, don't you?

Now, we don't want to make you cry by tossing out complicated discussions on encryption -- no AES, TKIP, or LMNOP here.

Here are some plain and simple tips, with as little tech lingo as possible, to help you double-check your network's security protocol:

Internet Explorer Patch Is Here -- Set Up Automatic Updating

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security advised users to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer until a security flaw was patched. That patch, called security update 2964358, is now available.

Users who have automatic updating turned on will not need to take any action because the security patch will be installed for them. Here's is how to make sure you have automatic updating turned on. Please note that you will need administrator permissions. The updating is scheduled (not immediate), so Internet Explorer will not be safe to use until your system updates itself.

Mystery solved.

Why couldn't I log in to my website yesterday? It's because, four days ago, somebody hacked my site and replaced it with some neon green colors, misspelled alphanumeric messages of triumph, and other gibberish.

Congrats. You hacked a nearly empty site that was used for testing WordPress plugins. Total damage caused: about fifteen minutes of time spent logging in to my horridly bad web server and changing a few passwords, plus hitting the "reinstall" button on WordPress.

Yes, I was fortunate, because it was a non-business site. Your law firm's website, however, is far more important. Here are a few things I've learned from the experience:

On Friday, PACER stopped. And the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts' website stopped. And many of the Circuit Courts of Appeals' sites crashed. It was a full-blown outage, first reported as a hack, then as a glitch, then again, as a hack.

Either way, somebody broke it.

Fortunately, it was Friday afternoon. Many of you probably didn't even notice. We barely did, and that was because we are on the West Coast, and were still open for business.

Still, a court site crash can be a major headache for you. What can you do about it next time?

It really is sad that this is a legitimate question. With each day bringing a new revelation about the National Security Agency's data collection activities, such as yesterday's that the NSA was spying on the United Nations, it really does seem that there is no end to this rabbit hole (red pill or blue pill? How much do clothes cost in the Matrix? Is any of this real? Ahhh!).

The only safe assumption is this: the NSA has copies of everything you do, and everything you say, especially when those activities are conducted online. If you do have something to hide, need to protect clients, or you simply value your privacy, would you then be tempted to store your data offshore, with a bunch of pirates?

They call 'em natural disasters for a reason, and years ago, had a hurricane hit your office, many of your files would be completely destroyed. You'd not only have to rebuild your personal life, but you'd have to replace your office, furniture, tech equipment, and try to rebuild your client files, all while continuing to practice law.

While there aren't a lot of things you can do to protect your big heavy desk, or the paper copies of your files, with modern "paperless" and "cloud" technology, your downtime, practice-wise, may only be a few hours or days.

Here are five practical suggestions to help you prepare for a hurricane or major storm:

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, tragedy struck. At some point on that fateful day, the web server that hosts my personal and professional (non-FindLaw) sites, went down. Over the last twenty or so years, I've dealt with more than a few server crashes and server migration issues. This was, by far, the worst.

Ordinarily, when such a crash occurs, the hosting company scrambles to solve the problem. If your site is down for more than an hour or two, they'll typically notify you and provide an estimated time frame. The longest outage I've ever experienced was a bit more than three hours.

Until Saturday, that is. And by Saturday, I mean, the last five days.