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Can MS 365 Replace Law Practice Management Software?

Microsoft rolled out Office 365 in 2011, a subscription plan instead of the traditional installed Office suite of products. In 2020 the name of the subscription became Microsoft 365. There are different plans for home and work. The Business Standard and Premium versions come with the installed software constantly synchronized through the cloud to browser and app versions. It comes…

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New Features in MS Word for 365 Subscribers

Microsoft 365 subscribers enjoy new features constantly appearing in the Office applications. Through the subscription, Microsoft Word has downloaded and installed software for Mac and Windows, as well as a browser version. Each version is a little different. New features frequently appear in the browser version before the installed software. Here are some new features and functions that have recently…

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Redux: Is a Password Enough to Keep Your Sensitive Information Safe?

Are you using two factor/multi-factor authentication (2FA/MFA)? You should be! Passwords alone are not enough anymore to thwart motivated hackers from accessing your accounts. MFA adds strength to your passwords by using something you know (your username/password) and something you have. However, as we get more sophisticated so do the bad guys. What are today’s best practices? For the uninitiated,…

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Lessons from the LastPass Breach

LastPass, the popular password manager, has suffered a breach. If you are a LastPass user it is time to decide if you will stay or go. If you stay, what steps should you take to protect your LastPass vault? If you go, where to? What are best practices to consider when using password managers in the harsh light of breach…

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Protecting Portable Devices

All firm-owned portable computing and storage devices used for firm business should be secured with encryption. Malpractice and cyber liability insurance applications are increasingly asking for information about how firms are securing data, including device encryption. If your firm works with clients in the financial or health-care sectors they may request an audit, or evidence of security protocols and standard…

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What’s New with Google’s Gmail and Docs?

Gmail and Google Docs are rolling out some big changes. These include new features in Docs, a new interface in Gmail, offline access and more. If you use Gmail and Google Docs for home or work, read on to find out what is new with these products. New Gmail Interface For Google Workspace users, and eventually all Gmail users, you…

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Good Backup Is Good Business Continuity

Securing and protecting your firm’s data are essential. Client files, important communications, and valuable work product often exist exclusively in digital format today, and thus a major data loss could have catastrophic professional and ethical ramifications. Whether you are creating a plan for business continuity that contemplates natural disasters, fabricated disasters, pandemics, or other things that go bump in the…

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The Cost of Not Upgrading Technology

Many law firms put off upgrading and replacing outdated software and hardware because of the cost and disruption. However, putting off purchasing replacement hardware and updating your operating systems, server software, and mission critical systems until they are outdated and insecure will cost far more eventually.  The delay in upgrades and replacements will have a cascading effect, forcing you to…

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Microsoft 365 and MS Office Resources

Microsoft 365 (fka Office 365) is the subscription model that consists of the MS Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote) plus MS Outlook and cloud-based servers (Exchange and SharePoint). The Business Standard version is $12.50 per user per month. That is merely the tip of the iceberg, as the subscription also comes with many other tools like Teams for communication…

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Microsoft 365 versus Google Workspace

As law firms steadily move more of their office technology into the cloud, they may find themselves faced with a question about which office productivity suite to use. Microsoft 365 may seem the obvious choice for firms upgrading from the traditional Office suite and mail/file servers. However, Google has been keeping up in this area and has rolled out the…