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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Dispose of Information Properly

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Protecting confidential and sensitive data from accidental disclosure is very important. We should strive to properly handle data erasure and the disposal of media. Erasing information or disposal of electronic media (e.g., PCs, CDs, thumb drives, cameras) often leads to a false sense of data security. Be aware of proper methods of sanitizing, destroying, or disposing of media containing sensitive or classified information. Before discarding your computer or portable storage devices, you need to be sure that that data has been erased or “wiped”. Below are a few tips to assist in disposing your data: Read/writable media (including your hard drive) should be “wiped” using Department of Defense (DOD) compliant…

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How to Accept Credit Cards in Your Law Firm

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Guest post by Lawyerist.com More than 40 percent of Americans prefer to pay by credit card. But many law firms don’t accept credit card payments. What gives? If you own one of those firms, you are missing an opportunity to provide your clients better service and accept payments faster. But, fear not. You can start accepting credit cards in your business almost immediately. To learn how, follow the steps outlined below. First, a Few Considerations Before you start accepting credit cards in your firm, decide where you stand on a few fronts: Cost. Some credit card processors charge transaction-based fees; others charge flat monthly rates. Some firms prefer the certainty that…

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Secure Your Laptop

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Laptops have become a vital tool for both business and personal use, and the portability of laptops makes them extremely convenient. However, we should always be aware of the security risks from the loss or theft of laptops and take proper precautions. The potential loss is twofold: the loss of the laptop itself, and the loss of any personal, private, or sensitive information that it contains. Laptops can easily be stolen from the locked trunk of a car, at an airport security checkpoint, at an Internet cafe, or even from a hotel room. Security Tips When Traveling with Your Laptop Install tracking software on your laptop. Back up all of…

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Tips for Protecting Trust Accounts from Fraud

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Fraudsters continue to target attorney trust accounts with variations of the phony cashier’s check scheme. These tips can help safeguard you and your firm against check scams and fraud: “Available funds” does not equal collected funds. Even if the bank makes a check’s funds available within two days, it does not guarantee that the actual check will be paid. Fake checks often take up to a week to get returned because scammers put fake routing numbers on the checks. Be sure to wire only “collected funds” from your trust account. Wired funds are very hard to recover if a check is returned as counterfeit. Closely examine cashier’s checks. Scammers will…

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Cybersecurity for Trust Accounting

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Monitor your trust account daily. Check your account regularly to make sure all transactions posted are ones you authorized. Report any fraudulent or suspicious activity immediately. Create a strong password. Create a strong password for your online bank account. It should incorporate lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and even symbols where allowed. Don’t stop there, though; change the password regularly, and don’t use that same password for any other website or app. You can use a password manager to help you securely generate, store, update and remember a unique password for your online banking account. Enable two-factor authentication. Many major banks offer an extra layer of security known as two-factor…

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