Thursday, December 30, 2004

Future Practice of Law

Are you interested in hearing the viewpoint of many technology experts on what the practice of law might be like in twenty years? If so, please check out this new article in the Law Practice Today publication ( It has a number of observations about technology, the size of law firms, what can and can not be automated, etc. Interesting reading to be sure.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

PC Maintenance / Cleanup tasks

Is next week a slow week for you given the holidays? If so, and if you will be in the office, you might want to use the time to clean up and update your PC. There is a nice listing of potential to-do's published by Information Week (click here to access the article). One could go through some or all of these tasks to help improve the response time and security of your equipment either in the office or at home. Of course, if you are working on this in the office, you might want to check with your IT Department to see which if these things they complete on a routine basis to save yourself some duplicative work.

Excellent Firefox review

If you are frustrated with the security issues of Internet Explorer but don't know enough about other browsers to consider making a change, this review of Firefox on Information Week will make for interesting reading. It is available by clicking here. Hope it is helpful and informative to you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Protecting data and information for employees working from home

We all take great pride and make great effort to be sure our office networks are protected, incoming files are scanned, etc. with respect to security and viruses.

But, how sure are we that privileged and confidential information is properly protected when employees are working at home. Do we know that employees have virus protection? Do we know if employees running wireless networks are protecting their packets with firewalls? Do we know if employees are easing sensitive law firm related data from their PC's prior to disposing of their PC's when they purchase new equipment?

Although I do not know for sure, it would seem to me that an educational program making employees aware of some of the more common risks and concerns when working on legal documents and cases on their home PC's might be a good idea. Being sure that issues such as those enumerated in the above paragraph clearly is in the interest of a law firm and their client.

Monday, December 20, 2004

IE Spoofing concerns

Here is yet another article discussing security concerns located within IE (click here to read).

On a personal level, I have switched to Firefox (at home) and could not be more pleased with it. The browser seems faster, more feature-laden, and most importantly my PC does not seem to working nearly as hard dealing with all the additional processes which seem to spawn whenever I use IE. I would highly recommend you try Firefox out.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Microsoft Security Bulletin

According to Information Week, Microsoft tomorrow (the 14th) should be releasing a rather significant bulletin and/or patch with respect to several security issues within their software. Details on the article are available by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Thunderbird 1.0

If you are looking for a basic email client designed to help reduce issues related to spam and viruses, this could be for you. It is from the same outfit that produces the Firefox 1.0 browser. There are more details available in this Information Week article which is available by clicking here.