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Top 8 Legal Tech Tips of 2018

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

Over the last year, we've shared quite a few tech tips to help lawyers navigate all the new and updated tech that's making a big impact in the legal industry.

As the end of 2018 approaches, now might be a good time to take a look back over some of the best tech tips. And since we try to be as helpful as possible here at FindLaw, we've collected eight of the top legal tech tips from 2018 below.

1. 3 Networking Tips to Take Full Advantage of That Smartphone

We all have smartphones at this point, and if you don't, drop everything and get one. Not only can you practically run an entire practice from one, you can really expand your network thanks to how easy smartphones make it to get and stay connected to your network.

2. What Does Your Cyber Insurance Actually Cover?

Online threats are as prevalent as they have ever been, and insurers are stepping in to help businesses recover from hacks and data breaches. However, if you aren't sure what's actually covered by your policy, if you even have one, then you may be leaving yourself, your license, and your clients' data in jeopardy.

Thanks to the wonderful world of tech, and mobile tech specifically, lawyers can pretty much work from anywhere when we don't have to show up to court or be onsite for a client (or even when we do). This article provides some helpful advice for those lawyers that are good friends with the open road.

4. How to Avoid Socially Engineered Email Attacks

When it comes to cyber-threats, one of the most common ones has gotten an upgraded name thanks to upgraded tactics. Phishing attacks have gotten much more sophisticated and often involve targeted social engineering attacks. If you're confused about what this mean, you'll want to read this article so you aren't fooled.

5. Does Your Law Practice Need a Chatbot?

Legal chatbots have been making big headlines over the last year, but whether or not your firm needs one is an entirely different question. Depending on your practice area, and your clients' tolerance for communicating with a chatbot, these can actually be useful and effective at reducing costs.

6. How to Survive a Tech Fail or Hack

Like that iconic nightmare of showing up to court in your underwear, when tech fails on you, or you get hacked, you can feel awfully exposed. But, if you're prepared and know how to survive either, chances are you'll be okay.

7. 3 Signs It's Time to Get a New Computer

Apart from obvious signs like shooting sparks, a smashed screen, or the type of damage that occurs when devices are defenestrated, if your computer is on its last legs, you might want to consider replacing it before it's too late.

8. Is Your Tech Disaster Plan Actionable?

If you've been keeping up with the FindLaw Technologist blog, then surely you have a tech disaster plan in place. But, how often do you review, update, or test it out? Have you updated your plan since getting that new smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Check out this article to make sure your tech disaster plan will actually be helpful when disaster strikes.

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