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Top 5 High-Tech Tips for Lawyers From 2012

By Andrew Lu on January 07, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Technology is constantly changing, but who has time to keep up?

Even the most tech-savvy law students can quickly fall behind the curve. So as a lawyer with a busy practice, you may feel like it's next to impossible to keep abreast of all the changes that may affect your bottom line.

As we review some of our most popular Technologist stories from 2012, here are the Top 5 high-tech tips that lawyers found particularly helpful in the past year:

  1. Be careful before jumping all in on Pinterest. Pinterest was a hot new thing in 2012. It allows users to pin -- or add -- photos to digital bulletin boards. They can then share those boards and images with their followers. However, Pinterest has also become a hotbed of copyright infringement, and its users may be on the hook.

  2. Jump all in on Twitter. While you should exercise caution before jumping into Pinterest, you should definitely open a Twitter account. Whether you use Twitter as a research tool or as a conduit to broadcast your own thoughts, the social media service offers new ways for attorneys to market themselves and initiate conversations.

  3. Buy an iPad. You now have a business reason to purchase an iPad. Check out 10 creative ways lawyers can use an iPad in everyday practice.

  4. Delete your Google history and protect your privacy. Google uses your web browsing habits to determine which ads to display. As a result, your browsing history on Google may affect what ads you see when you open a Google application such as Gmail. If you weren't already aware, know that there is nothing anonymous about the Internet.

  5. Protect yourself on public Wi-Fi. Many attorneys will do a bit of work at public spots like cafes and airports. But you should be aware that most of these public Wi-Fi spots are unsecured. In other words, anyone may be able to access your computer over these networks. Never fear, here are some tips to protect yourself.

It can be very difficult to keep up with technology. Stay tuned to FindLaw's Technologist blog and subscribe to our RSS feed to stay on top of all the latest developments.

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