Are you and Edward Snowden exchanging emails?
If so, this book probably isn’t for you.
Are you using the same password for multiple online accounts without any two-factor authentication?
If so, this book probably is for you.
4-Step Computer Security Upgrade by Sam Glover of Lawyerist walks you through how to secure your data and keep it confidential.
Lawyers are a major target of hacking activities. Now more than ever, there is a significant ethical burden placed on lawyers to ensure their clients’ data is safe. As custodians of clients’ personal files and information, lawyers are required to take reasonable measures to protect confidentiality. In 2015, “reasonable measures” must include knowing what is, at this point, basic computer security.
Moreover, encrypting your data is no longer an expensive or excessively burdensome job. There is no excuse anymore.
If you walk into a Starbucks or hotel and start using their publicly available wifi, accessing your emails, banking, or cloud-stored files, it’s possible that a hacker can steal your login credentials.
And it doesn’t take a computer mastermind to do it either.
Thankfully, there are ways that you can protect your data, whether you’re at home, the office, or on the move.
The trade-off with computer security is convenience. You can use one easy-to-remember password, but then all of your data is at risk. If someone gets your email password, they may also have your passwords for your bank account, Dropbox, and practice management software.
4-Step Computer Security Upgrade walks you through some basic ways you can secure your data with relatively minor inconvenience.
The guide doesn’t assume your security will be perfect; it just makes it much better. It doesn’t require a drastic change to how you live your life.
Could Glover have gone more in-depth into using the TOR browser and having separate “clean” computers that never connect to the Internet? Sure. Could he have dedicated an entire chapter to using end-to-end encryption for emails to ensure the NSA doesn’t capture your emails to Edward Snowden? Sure. But most lawyers are not going to want to deal with those burdens.
If you already use VPNs in public and two-factor authentication for sensitive accounts you’re probably all set. If not, this is a quick read with a great to-do checklist. Check out this guide and secure your damn computers.
Disclosure: Glover provided us with a free copy to review.