Category: Technology

Tips, Gadgets and Tricks

By Bill Kammer

Encryption Redux

I wrote recently and suggested that 2017 was the year for encryption. Hacking is very much on the minds of Americans, and lawyers and clients are frequently discussing the need for and manner of encryption to protect client confidences from interception by the man in the middle. Clients previously were concerned with encryption in place on lawyers’ servers and systems but are now focusing on ways to ensure that emails being exchanged over the internet are protected from interception and compromise. Read More

Tips, Tricks and Traps

By Bill Kammer

The Equifax Hack

In September 2017, Equifax reported a data breach that may have disclosed personal information of 143 million persons. That information included birthdates, driver’s license numbers and home addresses — enough to facilitate identity theft when combined with the Social Security numbers also exposed. Class actions are already on file, and Equifax has offered credit monitoring. But the prudent thing may be to protect yourself by implementing security freezes with the four credit-reporting agencies. Those freezes would prevent other people’s attempts to obtain credit, housing and government benefits in your name. Numerous resources are on the internet to teach you how. Read More

Beware the Internet of Things!

By Bill Kammer

In earlier columns, we discussed the challenges attorneys face to become competent in electronic discovery and to keep pace with rapidly evolving electronic developments. We talked about the security of our devices and confidential lawyer and client information. We became somewhat comfortable with retrieving and reviewing electronically stored information (ESI) from computer memories. But next we had to face the challenges the universe of ESI on mobile devices such as phones and tablets present. Even a mobile phone with limited memory might contain data of 800,000 document pages. Read More