August’s Best of the Blogs

by Alexa Drago on August 23, 2018

We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month.

Please let us know if you feel we are missing a particularly good.

Quick Tips

Where to Find Free-to-Use Images on the Web — FOR FREE!
Images can be a powerful tool in your online marketing, but how do you get them? You can take your own of course, but the web has a few resources on where you can find images that not only have free licenses for commercial use, but are also completely free as well. Read more.
Access Shared Files from Anywhere
Who wouldn’t want the flexibility to access shared files and folders on the server from anywhere? Read more.
How to Meditate in Bed Without Using Your Phone
When you just want to turn your brain off and sleep, meditation apps are perfect. A guiding voice, or the sounds of something peaceful like rain, helps to fill the silence so your thoughts can’t creep in. Read more.
Casemaker Tips and Tricks
Each month the CBA’s Solo in Colo blog provides a few tips and tricks to increase your Casemaker research efficiency. Read more.

Product Reviews

New Clio Feature Opens Documents In Your Desktop Editor With A Click
The practice management platform Clio rolled out a feature called Clio Launcher that opens documents for editing on your desktop computer with one click and then saves them back to the appropriate folder in Clio. Read more.
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, 15-inch
On paper, it looked like an impressive, if predictable, set of internal component upgrades. Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro models would get new eighth-gen Intel processors, more storage and RAM options, a color-temperature-sensing True Tone screen and other tweaks — all nice improvements over a ho-hum 2017 update. Read more.
A Service that Lets You Use Windows 10 on Any Computer or Phone Is Going Nationwide
Back at CES in January, French company Blade seemed to promise the moon. For a monthly fee, the company would give users access to a high-end Windows 10 machine, with the latest CPU from Intel and a beefy Nvidia 1080 GPU built in. Read more.

Technology

Lawyers should be concerned about a new Gmail security issue: here’s how to fix it
If you’ve been reading my column over the years, you already know that unencrypted email is inherently unsecure and that it’s no different than sending a postcard written in pencil through the post office. Despite this fact, in the mid-1990s, bar ethics committees, including the New York State Committee on Professional Ethics, gave lawyers the green light to use email for confidential client communications. Read more.
Cool Court Tools for the Mobile Litigator
Litigators resistant to change and court policies hostile to technology have long stood in the way of mobile devices in the courtroom. For example, last decade, TechnoLawyer documented the many courts that disallowed mobile phones with cameras. Eventually, the courts had to relent with the transition to smartphones with two cameras let alone one. But for a while, many litigators purposely bought phones without cameras. Read more.
Technology Shouldn’t be a Legal Writer’s Trigger Word
Technology. To many of us legal folks, a trigger-word. Maybe you’re flooded with memories of that time you were typing away, 50 pages into a brief, and your laptop crashed. Or the time you spent an evening trying to excise weird formatting that was embedded so deep in your document; you gave up and started copying and pasting things into a new version. Read more.

Marketing

6 Tips for a Successful Law Firm Blog
It’s no secret these days that content marketing is a must for law firms when it comes to boosting online presence and attracting new clients. What better way to achieve brand awareness and traffic to your website than blogging? Read more.
What Happens After You Submit an Article for Publication?
In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of knowing the ins-and-outs of how to properly submit an article for publication—but what steps should you take once the article has been published? Read more.
SEO is Changing for Lawyers — Not for the Better
Rand Fishkin, who created an SEO empire at Moz.com, writes that he can’t recall a time when the future of SEO was as clear and obvious as today. Nor can he recall a time “when so many experienced professionals and smart companies buried their heads in the sand about it…” Read more.

Miscellaneous

Worry Not
Don’t lose sleep. It’s easy enough to say, but how can you intentionally work towards not allowing worry to consume you? Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker has some excellent suggestions to help you reduce stress and rest easy. Read More.
How to Sound Great on a Podcast, Webinar, or Conference Call
If you are going to be a guest on a podcast or if you are going to host a webinar, or even if you are going to be on a conference call, you need to care about how you sound. Whether your audience is two other people on a conference call or thousands of podcast listeners, they will probably be listening in a quiet office, or using headphones, or listening in their car. Those are intimate listening environments where low-quality audio stands out. Read more.
Only 14% of businesses have Implemented even the most Basic Cybersecurity Practices
According to a 2018 report from security company Symantec, the number of Internet of Things (IoT) attacks increased from about 6,000 in 2016 to more than 50,000 in 2017, which translates into a 600% rise in just one year. IoT devices are increasingly the attack vector of choice for cybercriminals around the world. IoT is particularly popular for ransomware attacks and illegal cryptocurrency miners. Read more.

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