6 search tips for google

Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it. Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll find a host of useful tricks to help you zero in on what exactly you want to find. Looking for an obscure recipe or rare photo? Read on to start using Google like an expert.
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Installing Windows 10 by USB

With its range of office and networking capabilities, Windows 10 has a lot of advantages for members of the legal profession in South Africa. When you're putting together the ideal PC, either for personal use or for your firm, money is sometimes a consideration.

Biometric access will need improved security

The past few years have seen an increasing trend in the implementation of biometric clocking systems to monitor and control employees' access to the workplace.

Understanding technology is important for lawyers

Serious money can be saved if you don’t listen to a vendor peddling snake oil at a conference, or an IT consultant whose prime concern may not be your wallet/purse. When you learn about technology, you at least know the right questions to ask. You may not know enough to make the decisions and you may still need guidance, but you may know enough to be a “BS filter.” And once you smell that bull, you’ll know you’re talking to the wrong person. That is very useful in and of itself.
Read more at Law Practice Today...

Wannacry Ransomware

Businesses are still dealing with the fallout from a cyberattack that hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries, with many organizations and individuals wondering if they are at risk. WannaCry affected an exploit in the Windows XP operating system on PCs, and Microsoft shortly sent out a fix for the security flaw. But authorities such as the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), warned over the weekend that as the working week begins, further cases of ransomware could come to light.
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MS Word 365 tips

Microsoft Word remains an enterprise productivity mainstay, with more than 90% of businesses providing Office to their workers.1 "Yet despite that popularity and familiarity, many quirks and tricks in Word go neglected and unused—tricks that could save us time and frustration if we could just remember them." Here are 10 popular TechRepublic articles with tips for becoming a Microsoft Word power user and gaining the most productivity from the program.
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Ransomware on the increase

Vienna - Threats to our cyber security are constantly evolving and are becoming ever more sophisticated as our homes and cities become smarter and internet technology winds itself through every area of our lives. And as our technological world grows, so too, do the threats against us with year-on-year figures for cybercrime constantly increasing. There were about 476 million attacks globally in 2016, compared to 224 million in 2015. In the first quarter of 2017 there were 2,26 billion cyber threats.
Read more at Fin24...

AJS advises on regular backups

There have been some recent unfortunate events that have resulted in some serious consequences as a direct outcome of not having proper backups in place. Not having backups can bring your business to a standstill. This can result in severe financial losses and, in worst case scenarios even closure of business.

lawyer says crime syndicates have got into banks and mobile operators

Attorney Johan Victor said crime syndicates have infiltrated banks and mobile operators in South Africa, and are assisting in SIM-swap and online banking fraud. Victor is representing a group of people who have lost millions due to Internet banking fraud.
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Shared workspaces

For hundreds of years, bricks and mortar offices have been the corner stone of legal practices – they have dominated how clients interact for the provision of legal services. The Uber effect is now here and some firms are reducing stress on overheads, harnessing the online word and starting to use “virtual offices” complemented by websites, apps and cloud computing.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...

Recording a video for evidence

Smartphone videos dominated the headlines over the course of March 2017, most notably in an altercation at a Spur restaurant in Johannesburg and a viral video of a traffic officer swatting a phone out of a filming motorist’s hand. This begs the question, when are you allowed to legally video tape and audibly record someone in South Africa?
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Bitcoin explained

As interest and coverage continues to rise on the topic of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, there is an increasing number of investors that are completely dubious to the “under-the-hood” mechanics of the technology. While a ‘complex’ understanding is typically left for the software-engineers and experts alike, a dumb-downed version can easily explain all the intricate complexities of Bitcoins; that is, without leaving much room for questions or concerns on the legitimacy of the rising cryptocurrency market. That is what this article will concentrate on. Explaining Bitcoin a bit further from the usual “it’s a ledger… kept by everyone!” notion.
Read more at Column St Medium site...

Big data analytics

Data analytics can easily be harnessed to give clients a sense for what their costs are under certain assumptions – and that’s very useful for an attorney in selling their services. Imagine being able to tell a prospective client, Mr. Smith – given the type of case we are dealing with, if this case goes all the way to trial, based on historical data, we can be 95% confident legal fees will cost between $73,000 and $77,000.
Read more at Above the Law...

Alison team

South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Legal tools for law firms

For the roughly 900,000 attorneys serving in firms of ten attorneys or fewer, legal technology is the great equalizer. With the right technology, firms can run more efficiently, satisfy clients better, research cases faster, stay on top of tasks, and maintain an output that keeps them competitive with larger firms. But there exists an incredible amount of software to choose fromso below, we’ve outlined the legal technology solutions that will keep your law firm running like a well-oiled legal machine, wherever and however you work.
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Robots in Law by Joanna Goodman

This notion of AI as something about which you have no choice is perhaps the true theme of this book, which surveys the rising use of AI in law and offers predictions on where it might lead the legal industry. While the prospect of robots in law is threatening to many lawyers, one clear takeaway from this book is that those lawyers who most readily accept the reality of AI and incorporate it into their practices are the lawyers who will be most successful in years to come.
Read more at Above the Law...


Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams sets standards for balancing the workload between two offices and location-independent working. The law firm Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams, located in Melbourne, have provided high quality legal services to their clients since 1983. The company has two offices, one in the well-known Central Business District of Melbourne and one outside the city in Mount Waverley.

Pierre Aurel, Strategic Project Manager, e4

That innovation is important and necessary for survival goes without saying. While there is no universal solution for organisations looking to improve their ability to generate, develop, and disseminate new ideas, some strategies are superior to others.

Lawyers embracing technology

Ken Day* – Let’s face facts – many lawyers ‘of a certain age’ are just happy where they are with their tech skills.  They are close to being Luddite in their aversion to new technology.  But being tech savvy is more important than ever in the hyper competitive legal world. As the world changes – and boy has it changed! – the need to adopt more tech savvy skills has not only changed with it, but has become a necessity.
Read more at Law Fuel...

Mobile trends for lawyers in 2017

Since smartphones were first rolled out, iPhones have always been the smartphone of choice for the majority of lawyers and that trend continues in 2017 with 73% of lawyers using iPhones, 23% using Android phones, 3% using Blackberrys, and 2% preferring Windows Mobile. When it comes to tablets, iPads are the most popular with attorneys at 84%. Android is next at 10%, followed by Windows Mobile at 5%, and Windows Surface at 1%.
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Leaving your law firm

So the time has come for you to depart your law firm. Maybe your book of business has outgrown the firm. Maybe the firm has charted a course that doesn’t include you. Maybe you just need a change. Whatever the reason, departing a law firm partnership can be a surprisingly challenging — and potentially perilous — exercise if you are not prepared.
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law firm hosted telephony

Making the transition to a Hosted system is a step businesses in every sector will need to consider in the near future. While the many benefits of hosted telephony are becoming vastly more understood, any upgrade to your firm’s infrastructure needs to be carefully weighed up. So, what makes hosted telephony such an attractive option for modern businesses, and how well do these advantages translate to the specific needs of your law firm?
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

Secure law firm websites using ssl

SSL certificates are becoming more important and Google has made their commitment to the secure web very clear. Eventually they may not even rank non secure websites. But now that it’s been over 2 years since Google’s first SSL announcement I was curious to get an idea of how many law firms are using SSL Certificates.
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data breach litigation

Mossack Fonseca. Before April 2016, most of us had never even heard of a Panamanian law firm by that name. But, after one of the largest and certainly most high-profile cyberattacks, the firm and its mountain of records evidencing shell companies, straw transactions and offshore accounts — documents that have come to be known as the “Panama Papers” — have become synonymous with one of the hottest topics in the legal industry: cybersecurity.
Read more at the Fox Rothschild website...

Conveyancer and client duped

A couple who sold their property failed to get the £98,000 proceeds because they and their solicitor were duped by a fraudster who intercepted their emails. The fraudster managed to generate fake emails posing as both parties – solicitors Powell & Co of Sutton Coldfield and their clients Max and Davinder Deluca. In doing so the fraudster managed to reassure the Delucas that the transaction had successfully completed by pretending to be their conveyancer Powell & Co. They defrauded the real bona fide conveyancers at Powell & Co by posing at the Delucas.
Read more at Mortgage Finance Gazette...

FF-91 futuristic car launched at CES 2017

TechCrunch gives a full report of all the gadgets that were on exhibit at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It seems that automotive technology was a big part of the show this year.
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Blockchain 101 for non-tech lawyers

While widely heralded as one of the “next big things” in legal technology, blockchain technology and its potential effects remain both widely unknown and misunderstood. Now, as enterprises begin looking at the technology and its place in the legal operations process, in-house attorneys stand to benefit by building a body of knowledge around the technology that will play a part in their futures.

To help shed light on this advancement, Legaltech News spoke with two attorneys at the forefront of blockchain development...
Read more at Corporate Counsel... 

Law firm data security

Cybercrime is indeed a global problem, but law firms are especially susceptible due to the large volume of highly sensitive client data they hold on businesses and individuals; in addition to the fact that they are also cash rich. 

Emails are the chink in law firms’ armour. Due to the pervasiveness of email as the default communications tool, it’s easiest for criminals to take advantage of it for malicious proposes. Security systems may mitigate many of the issues, but nowadays it is the law firm Partnership and staff that are being targeted...
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

Choosing the correct device for your business

Devices are as fundamental to a business as a business plan. What’s great about modern devices is that they support a wide range of advanced business applications that can manage your work-flow from anywhere. But with the market always releasing new and better devices, how do you know which one to choose?

The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals

MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland & Knight announced today that The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals, authored by three members of the firm's blockchain practice, has just been released by Thomson Reuters. It is the first-ever book on blockchain technology and the law.


Claire Coe (Claire Legal Ltd) and Dr Steven Vaughan (University of Birmingham) research focuses mainly on the shift in the balance of power from law firms to clients and the pressure of firms to deliver “value for money” in a competitive market.

Ransomware infographic

Businesses who store majority of their documents and information as digital copies are at risk from cyberattacks. One of the most popular and harmful cyberattacks is ransomware. It is a malicious software that encrypts the users files, locking them down and making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid.

MS Word tips for lawyers

By default, the numbers on numbered lists are left-aligned in the space allotted for the numbering. However, aligning them to the center or the right (pictured on the right above) is easy, and we’ll show you how. When the numbers are left-aligned, the decimal points are not aligned and any items with two or more digits are closer to the text of the items than the one-digit numbers. We’re going to change the alignment on the numbers in our list to right-aligned
Read more at How to Geek...

20 reasons to blog outside your website

There was a time when everyone knew, and agreed, a law blog did not belong inside a law firm’s website. It was common sense. Today, we’re getting a lot of questions at LexBlog about whether a law firm should put their blogs inside a website. Some of that is caused by website developers and marketing agencies, whose founders and principals have never blogged to build their reputation or relationships, advising law firms to put their blogs inside their website.
Read more at Real Lawyers Have Blogs...

ADSL username and password theft

Unless you have a security-minded techie in your home, chances are that little attention is paid to your ADSL or broadband router security. Despite being the gatekeepers to our home networks, ADSL routers are low-cost devices that typically don’t see much security investment. The average user also does not maintain or update the device through its lifespan, either lacking the time or knowledge on how to do so.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Chatbot DoNotPay inventor tackles issues of the homelless

London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder created DoNotPay initially to help people appeal against fines for unpaid parking tickets. Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer”, Browder later programmed it to deal with a wider range of legal issues, such as claiming for delayed flights and trains and payment protection insurance. Now, Browder, 19, wants his chatbot to provide free legal aid to people facing homelessness. He said: “I never could have imagined a parking ticket bot would appeal so much to people. Then I realised: this issue is bigger than a few parking tickets.”
Read more at The Guardian...

Hiring technology consultants for law firms

Technology is essential to today’s legal practice, from your website, to your practice management software, to simple word processing tricks. But you’re a lawyer, not an IT specialist. So when it comes to setting up your firm’s intranet, evaluating cloud computing security, or figuring out what’s wrong with your email, sometimes it’s necessary to bring in a little help. Enter the legal tech consultant. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.
Read more at FindLaw Blog...


It has been brought to the Cape Law Society’s attention that an email titled “The Cape Law Society Past Due Members Invoice” has been disseminated to a number of members. The email contains a link to what appears to be a pdf file (purportedly the outstanding membership fee invoice).

Email productivity for lawyers

Tsunami, blizzard, avalanche, flood, plague. There are many ways to describe the volume of emails that hit your Inbox every day. One aspect of the problem that is created by the flood is managing the clients’ expectations. Intellectually they might appreciate that you have more than one client and are busy but, intuitively, they expect a reply to their emails almost immediately. Here is one way to provide that reply and yet maintain the right to manage your own priorities in a meaningful way.
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Email security vs employees

The ‘Nigerian Prince’ or ‘419’ email scams we’ve all seen take advantage of the age-old premise: people can be greedy and gullible. Or to put it more positively – people are intrinsically positive about the motives of others and are not on the lookout for scammers and criminals in every email exchange.

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