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Most lawyers communicate primarily through email. At the same time, lawyers need to take reasonable efforts to prevent disclosure of client communications and information. Are these two things in conflict? Potentially.

It's fair to say that email isn't the world's most secure communication system. For one, the NSA regularly intercepts attorney-client emails, by its own admission. Then there's the risks posed by hackers, by snooping email tracking software, by your firm's noisy IT intern. Don't worry though -- you needn't abandon email and strap on a tin foil hat. Not yet at least. There's still several easy ways to make your attorney-client emails more secure.

Forget filing your discovery documents away in some basement storage closet or backing them up in piles of external hard drives. Logikcull, the eDiscovery company, is promising that it will reduce discovery archiving to its simplest form: a single drag and drop.

The company is offering one-step, cloud-based data archiving for users of its discovery automation products. That could make archiving as simple as uploading a photo to Facebook and doc review about as complicated as a Google search. And it won't cost you a million dollars either -- Logikcull announced early this August that it's allowing unlimited cloud-based data storage for its customers.

You don't have to lose touch just because you're telecommuting, traveling to meet a client, or on your way to court. If you're one of those lawyers whose work takes them out of the office frequently, there are plenty of mobile-based options that allow you to keep on top of projects while on the go.

And you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars for them either. Mobile-friendly project management apps can help you organize, monitor and track your law firm's projects, step by step, without costing you a cent -- at least not at the start. Here's an overview of three of our favorites, all of which can be used online, on iPhones and iPads or on Android devices.

Wonder if opposing counsel has read your scheduling email yet? Want to know if your new associates actually followed the link you sent them? Outlook or Gmail can't help, but Sidekick can. Sidekick is an email tracking tool that allows you to see when emails are opened, when recipients follow links, and a whole lot more.

It can be a helpful addition to email, but suffice it to say, there are plenty of privacy and ethics implications as well. Should lawyers consider making Sidekick their email sidekick?

Windows 8 was a disaster. It looked like it was made for tablets, but was still slapped on PCs. Its interface was confusing and unintuitive. People hated it. Microsoft got the hint and decided it wouldn't even bother with a Windows 9 -- Gates and friends jumped straight to 10 instead.

If Windows 10 has gotten anything right, it's the price. The operating system comes free to owners of Windows 8 or 7. Does that mean lawyers should ditch their current set up for Windows 10? Here's an overview to help you decide.

Already bored with tomorrow? Want to get ahead of the next few years? Then think about bringing some cutting edge technology into your practice. It's not too hard to become George Jetson, Esq., if you're willing to be an early adopter.

Promising technology offers simple conveniences and supposedly industry changing disruptions. Here are a few tech trends that we think will alter the way firms operate in the near future.

Tracking hours isn't exactly what inspires bright, idealistic youth to pursue a career in law -- but it's a pretty inescapable reality of the profession. If you run an egg timer every time a client calls or if you attempt to recreate your day in the evening, you could benefit from a better system.

As annoying as timekeeping can be, it's a pretty straightforward task. Thankfully, there's plenty of lawyer-focused timekeeping apps out there, apps which help make the timekeeping easier, simpler and more intuitive. Most of them can also help you spit out an invoice on demand -- and sending out the invoice is why we track our time, after all.

Move over pink brains, the new legal smarts are contained within circuit boards and transistors, not flesh -- or so techno-futurists claim. Those same voices are now loudly predicting the integration of artificial intelligence into legal practice. Of course, machine intelligence is nothing new. Commentators have long said technology will replace lawyers and lawyers have long laughed at some claims -- and billed for the time spent laughing.

Yet, with AI advancements such as IBM's Watson, more companies are expected to bring AI into their daily practice, and those companies will pressure their law firms to do the same, according to Legaltech News. Proponents are already claiming that at least some BigLaw firms will have invested in "Big AI" within a year.

When it comes to making litigation decisions, lawyers usually depend on their experience, research, and gut instincts, rather than hard data. That's slowly changing, however, as more firms begin to embrace the use of data analytics when deciding how to pursue litigation.

Of course, startups and the media have been calling data analytics the future of the legal profession for years now. While data analytics are becoming more common, they still have a long way to go to meet their full potential.

Google and Microsoft should be mortal enemies, right? After all, in the world of office productivity, Microsoft's Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest) has been the dominant program for a generation, despite challenges from Google. The competition is much more robust when it comes to consumer cloud storage, where Google Drive holds its own against Microsoft and Dropbox.

There's good news for fans of both Drive and Word, however. A new plug-in will soon make these two nemeses more friends than foes, allowing you to save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files straight to Drive. Things just got a lot simpler for lawyers and others who use Office for work, but Drive for cloud storage.