LaW TrustOne of the bigger concerns in the software industry is how to ensure users can trust code that is published on the internet. Browsers typically display a warning message explaining the possible dangers of downloading data, but do nothing in terms of verifying that the code is what it claims to be.

moving outlook dataIf you use Windows' Easy Transfer tool, the actual file moving should be no big deal, although I wouldn't bet the farm on it working well every time. I gave up Easy Transfer years ago, finding it easier to simply drag and drop my files over the local network. However you move the files, Outlook can be particularly tricky. 
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paperless vs paper lessA new study by Altodigital, the UK’s leading independent supplier of digital print and document solutions, has revealed that far from heading towards a paperless office environment, UK law firms are in fact going the other way, with inefficient document storage practices, and an ever-increasing volume of wasted paper, energy and consumables across the UK.
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fake google appsMost of the popular applications on Google's Play Store online site have fake copies loaded with malware designed to steal personal and financial information, a report has found. Security company Trend Micro found that 77% of the top 50 applications on the storefront dedicated to Android powered smartphones have fakes which are designed to mimic the popular programs.
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evernote securityI love Evernote and I use it every day, but I am uncomfortable with the idea of using it for client data. The other day on the MILO list, someone said they were exploring using Evernote to manage client files. I responded that I do not think it is a good idea. Here are the reasons:
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google glass injury lawyerNew technology like Google glasses may seem like a novelty rather than an aid to developing a personal injury law practice, but for California personal injury lawyer Mitch Jackson, whose practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death law suits, the use of Google Glass has been something he uses as what he sees as a short- and a long-term play. How? Why?
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outsource law firm itOver the last decade, advancements in computer technology have dramatically changed the way lawyers manage their offices. Today, lawyers are able to take on more cases, keep better track of clients, and quickly sift through more information than ever before. The importance of technology in today’s law firm can no longer be ignored…and neither can the growing complexity. So how can the average attorney, office manager, or administrator juggle all the pieces and parts that make up your IT environment?
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outlook 2013I recently switched from Microsoft Office 2010 to Office 365, which uses the Office 2013 suite of products. I’m not as happy with the design of 2013 as I was with 2010, and the switch has left me feeling that some functionality is missing. I recently picked up some tips that have helped me be more productive with Office 2013, and this post will cover three of them.
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Nuance-Dragon-NaturallySpeakingMost people struggle to type more than 30 words per minute, but have no problems talking at more than 160 words per minute, (some speak even faster!). Why not harness the power of your voice and type as fast as you can talk?

windows XP 8The world’s most successful and well-loved computer operating system days are over. Microsoft officially pulled the plug on Windows XP support on 8 April 2014. #GetOverIt #GetToModern

call center post call survey wastedPost-call surveys are an essential part of the call centre manager’s toolkit -- but, asks Bruce von Maltitz of 1Stream, can companies trust what the surveys are telling them?

Pandacom distributionMost of the cellphone evidence presented to the High Court in the Oscar Pistorius trial was retrieved in South Africa using advanced mobile forensic technology that is readily available in this country.

bytes systems integrationWith the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act being signed into law, a race against time is about to start for businesses across South Africa. Their mission is to ensure that customer information in their custody is adequately secured – and doing so may require a multifaceted approach.

openOffice docsYou can download LibreOffice or OpenOffice for free for Windows, Linux, or Mac. Both office suites include the same applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. These two projects share the vast majority of their code. They have similar interfaces and features.
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heartbleedLast Friday, we highlighted some ways to check the security of your law firm technology. That same day, CloudFlare issued a challenge to the hacker community to steal its security certificate in order to answer the question: Can you get private SSL Keys using Heartbleed? And...Yes, you can.
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expensive IT systems at law firmsOn average, in my experience, most lawyers appear to undertake less than two hours IT training a year. This is distressingly inadequate. Given the inadequate starting knowledge of most lawyers, the rate of change of technology and the potential for increased accuracy and productivity lawyers should probably be having 8-12 hours of IT training a year, even more if new systems are implemented.
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opensslNews broke yesterday of a bug in OpenSSL code that reportedly leaves two thirds of web servers vulnerable to attack. The bug – dubbed heartbleed – has been classed as critical because it could make it possible for possible for attackers to steal login credentials, actual content, and the private keys that underpin the TLS/SSL used to secure and identify web servers. The vulnerability has existed in OpenSSL code for the past two years, and, due to the nature of the bug, there is no log to reveal whether or not a system has been compromised.

Megan Rehbock of LAWtrustThe problem of verifying identity, and being able to trust that verified identity, has only worsened as internet usage has increased, and usernames and passwords have become more valuable. Security measures have become more sophisticated and widespread as a result, but so have cyber-criminals. Public key infrastructures and Single Socket Layer (SSL) certificates offer one means for ordinary humans to trust that the site they are logging into and transacting on is secure, and is the site it purports to be.

VoIP-changed-telecommunicationsVoice over IP (VoIP) has changed telecommunications in dramatic and irreversible ways. And it’s only the beginning.

email popi dataThe advent of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) means companies need to pay special attention to how they protect data during transmission, according to Craig Freer of Vox Telecom.

PCWorld backup tipBeyond simple hard drive failure, your PC could fall prey to user error or all sorts of nefarious malware. The only way to ensure that none of your personal files or programs are lost in a catastrophe is to back up everything regularly.
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responsive web design for law firmsLawyers and law firms publish content as a way to build relationships and grow their reputation. With more people consuming content they discover via social media, law firms look to social media as a distribution and discovery vehicle for their blog posts and content.
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legaltech 2014Greetings from LegalTech 2014! For those unfamiliar, LegalTech is an annual conference in the heart of Manhattan bringing together lawyers and tech geeks to discuss the lay of the land in law and technology and to give away free iPads every five or six minutes. It’s E3 if you replaced video games with demonstrations of predictive coding processes. It’s awesome! There’s a curious vibe when lawyers mix with computer geeks. Two of the least sociable professions thrown into a crowded marketplace selling complicated solutions to legal problems that senior lawyers didn’t even realize existed. Thankfully there are enough PR professionals around to grease the wheels.
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microsoft phone scamMicrosoft South Africa is once again warning local consumers to be cautious of a reoccurring phone scam, which has left the wallets of unsuspecting consumers hundreds and in some instances thousands of Rands lighter. 

making wifi work for your officeFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have raised some eyebrows when he said that connectivity should be a human right, but many smart device users would agree. Research has shown that as many as 32% globally rely on more than one device during the average working day to conduct their duties and half of the world’s CIOs have said that they view Wi-Fi as an essential part of operations.

windows xp hackers paradiceThe final deadline for Windows XP support will act as a starting pistol for hackers, as they target hundreds of millions of users on unpatched systems. Microsoft has already granted the 12-year-old OS several stays of execution, but the firm has said it will finally end extended support on 8 April 2014 – despite the fact that XP remains the second-most popular OS, with almost a third of PCs running it.
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MFP security hard driveRemember the old photocopier or multi-function printing device that you traded in on your current fancy monster MFP? Ever think about what company and private information may have gone with it?

cloud PPIMore and more organisations evaluate cloud-based solutions first before making any IT investments, as cloud computing provides flexible and cost effective resources to support business growth; enhances collaboration and deepens customer relationships at much lower cost; and accelerates IT innovation by reducing research and product development cycles. Even though the cloud market is growing at an exponential speed, the full business potential of cloud is yet to be realised and even to be understood by executives.
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iOS7 tipsWith hundreds of new features to boot, iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a gold mine waiting to be explored to its full potential. Today, we’re going to go through some of the most lesser known features and tips which we believe you should try right now. (apologies to those who tried to load the article in LTN - seems you need membership to read the article - Editor)
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legal technology dead 2014My editor just presented me with a challenge: think of three tech things that lawyers won't need in 2014. Three? I'll give you five. In fact, I could do this all day. I'll even skip the obvious choices, like PDAs. (Remember Palm Pilots?) Here are five devices that are either obsolete, or soon-to-be, in 2014.
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digital signaturesLet's get started with a hot question that comes up repeatedly at my talks and webinars, “If an employee leaves our company, and he is removed from the digital signature system, what happens to the documents he signed in the past? Do those signatures remain valid?” Yes, they remain valid.
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game changers in legal marketTo wrap up 2013, we asked industry leaders to share their views on game changing events through 2013 and how these and other future changes will mould the legal sector next year.

screen damaging your eyesIn today’s world many of us spend 10-12 hours of our day in front of glowing computer screens. Computers are used for doing almost everything, they improve productivity by making complex calculations simple, but have you ever wondered if staring at the screen for long periods of time can significantly damage your eyes?
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Connection telecom buttonThe major trends and events that shaped the communications landscape in 2013 are as follows:

philips dictation why customers use themThe all-new Philips Pocket Memo and SpeechMike Premium voice recorders are reshaping the world of professional dictation. The new dictation devices have already received excellent reviews from the media and have been awarded the maximum star rating by the speech recognition specialist Nuance. End-users from around the world are now mirroring this praise and voicing their opinions.

software development for law firmsToday, technology is at the heart of every law firm. It’s vital to improve service and optimise costs. And, as it becomes more and more ubiquitous in our everyday lives, expectations of what can be achieved are continually growing. So when you want to create a new, improved business application, it makes sense to ask the IT department to build all of it. Right? After all they’re the ones who know all about technology, they’re skilled in all the latest coding languages and they’re keen as mustard to do anything new. Plus, they can deliver the perfect fit for your business. -
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Google glassGoogle Glass is a key technology in the Internet services giant's plan to break data away from computers and portable devices and place information directly in front of users' eyes. Comprising a camera, microphone, display, touch-pad, and battery, all integrated into spectacle frames, Google Glass aims to help users view and share information, conduct searches, record video, and take pictures on the go. This article is about the technology's likely impact on lawyers.
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document burningMetrofile’s document storage warehouse in Westmead, Durban, caught on fire, on Friday night, resulting in thousands of documents been lost permanently. 

mimecastGovernment has accepted the Protection of Personal Information act. How can local businesses prepare? The Protection of Personal Information act has been waiting in the wings of South African legislature for some time now.

POPIThe Protection of Personal Information act is imminent. How can South African business prepare? The Protection of Personal Information act is, now more than ever, an immovable force that South African businesses will soon be expected to comprehensively address or risk facing harsh penalties for failure to act.

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