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.
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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.
We weren’t particularly impressed with Microsoft’s attempt at Office for iPhones. Well, let's be honest: we didn't actually try Microsoft for iOS.
We know, we know.
It wasn't out of laziness, however. It was because Microsoft (a) only released it for iPhones and (b) required an expensive $100 per year Office 365 subscription to use the app. We have neither.
Mr. or Ms. Lawyer: what's your number one concern for your data, including client files? It's probably security. Or privacy.
You'll also want reliability, ease of use, and app availability. After all, if you're going to use this service for professional purposes, it would be nice if your Apple-obsessed paralegal and your Android-obsessed self can access your files in harmony.
And of course, you'll want a reasonable price.
These scenarios are all even more problematic for lawyers with sensitive client information. The solution, it seems, is a heavily encrypted, zero-knowledge cloud storage system, such as SpiderOak.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, it's time to think about treating yourself and your family to a much-needed vacation. It's difficult to leave a busy practice behind for some lawyers, but it is really important to de-stress once in a while. You will feel rested and refreshed when you return to the office in a couple weeks.
It used to be we would have to notify everyone of our absence and clear our schedule. Now, tech and vacations can work together. If you don't actually have to be somewhere, as the Lawyerist reminds us, technology can free us to get out of town and not look back. Well, not look back too much.
Here are five ways you can take a tech-sponsored vacation without your clients or opposing counsel making you regret it: