Syncing Clio Files to your PC using “Add to My Drive”

 
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You can use the “Add to My Drive” option in Google Drive web to automatically sync your Clio matter documents to your PC.  First, you must install the Google Drive Sync for PC on your computer.  Also, you need to update Google Drive web to “Experience the New Drive“.  (Click the Settings gear and choose Experience the New Drive).  All set?  Ok, let’s go!
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Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

A zero day bug in Internet Explorer was found by FireEye research labs and released to the public on Saturday, 4/26/14.  This virus does not have a super fancy name but is being actively exploited on the web:  Microsoft Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2014-1776).

The Department of Homeland Security recommends you DO NOT USE Internet Explorer at this time.  It is recommended to use Firefox or Chrome until a security patch is released by Microsoft.  Because Microsoft has discontinued support of XP, this vulnerability will never be fixed for Windows XP.
Microsoft’s security advisory detailing the bug can be found here.
If you must use Internet Explorer, only use it for those specific sites that it is required.  Also be aware that many other applications such as Outlook and Word use Internet Explorer as the engine to render HTML objects.  There are a few steps you can take to mitigate your exposure to the security flaw.  Continue reading “Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability”
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Heartbleed Aftermath

A security exploit was discovered on Monday, April 7th, 2014, that affects the entire Internet.  This vulnerability, called Heartbleed, is a flaw in the security protocol used by websites called OpenSSL.  This flaw is not specific to Mac or PC or iPhone or Android as it affects traffic between your device and the web.  It is important to note that changing all of your passwords at this point is not wise.  Changing a password on an affected site that has not been updated to a patched version of OpenSSL could potentially lead to both the old and new passwords being exploited.
 
Mashable has put together a list of some top websites that were known to be affected AND have patched their site.  These are the sites that you should change your password RIGHT NOW.  The highlights of this list include: Continue reading “Heartbleed Aftermath”

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Malware and Virus Removal

::UPDATED:: 4/17/14
The best post-infection removal success rate can be had by using a Rescue CD / USB.  Here are three that are free:
Bitdefender RescueCD
Kaspersky Rescue Disc 10
Avast! 2014
note: Avast! requires a full installation on an unaffected machine to download and create the ISO file.  Bitdefender and Kaspersky will let you download ISO files directly to burn to disc or create a bootable USB drive.  In addition, Bitdefender comes with Team Viewer for Linux pre-installed to allow easy remote desktop sharing for support.

Business Protection

The best real time protection for your business is the one that gives you a complete overview of your company network health.  I have found these two products to be the best in terms of features and confidently recommend Webroot Secure Anywhere for their great support.  Bitdefender does get the highest marks in online A/V tests.  However, I have found their tech support completely underwhelming, often taking days to respond to phone calls.
Webroot Secure Anywhere Endpoint Protection for Business
Bitdefender Cloud

The following is a round-up of many available free antivirus programs and malware removal tools.

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Preventing Computer Disasters

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” -Benjamin Franklin

This old saying holds just as true in today’s modern world of electronics.  This short post will deal with a few simple steps to make sure your computer and your data are secure from disaster.  First, we will focus on making sure software is secure and up to date.  Second, I will discuss free antivirus and antimalware real time protection software. Third, I will rehash some best practices regarding passwords.  Finally, I will try to drive home the security hole of Java.

Keep Software Up-To-Date

Stop using Windows XP.  Period.  Technically, you still have one year of critical security updates left.  Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows XP in April of 2014, a full TWELVE years after its original release.  But why wait until then?  Get your data backed up and either install a free operating system such as Ubuntu, install a paid upgrade of Windows 8 or 7 ($199), or purchase a new computer running Windows 8 for well south of $500.  Preventing a security breach and stolen identity is worth far more than the pain of a new computer system.
ENABLE WINDOWS UPDATE. Control PanelSystem and SecurityWindows Update – First, change the default setting of updates to also install updates for all Microsoft software  (not just Windows i.e. MS Office).  Once this is changed, the Windows Update window will read “You Receive Updates: For Windows and Other Products from Microsoft Update”.
Now click “Change Settings” in the left panel or go to Control PanelSystem and SecurityWindows UpdateChange settings & Choose “Install Updates Automatically“.  Also,    Laptop users might want to change the update frequency to “Check for Updates, but let me choose when to download and install them.”  This is especially true if you are using a metered 4G cellular connection.  If you do this, you MUST be sure to keep an eye out for the Windows System Update icon next to the System Clock.  Speaking of which…
Enable “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar“.  Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNotification Area Icons.  Check box for “Always Show”.  Taskbar icons are typically where applications will nag you to update them.  Do not ignore these icons.  Certain running programs minimize to this area as well, such as antivirus, sound settings, network settings, dropbox, boxcryptor, etc.   Get to know what should be there when everything is up to date and notice when something changes.
Last – use an automated software updater program.  Microsoft Windows Updates are wonderful at updating security fixes for the Operating System, Word, and Excel, but what about all those security updates to Java, Adobe, Firefox, etc?  Secunia software has a FREE application called Personal Software Inspector that can handle this automatically.
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Protecting Your Online Accounts

In the past months, every online web service appears to be a target for hacking or just plain old fashion social engineering.  LinkedIn passwords were hacked in June.  Yahoo leaked online account information in July.  Dropbox dropped the ball (again) in August.  An Amazon & iCloud social hack devastated an online blogger after a hacker took control, reset his iPhone, wiped his iPad, formatted his MacBook, and locked him out of his Gmail and Twitter accounts!
What we have learned is three fold:

  1. Never use the same password twice!
  2. Use “disposable” Credit Card numbers; or at the least, do not use the same credit card for Amazon as Apple.
  3. Always use Two Factor Authentication when available! Continue reading “Protecting Your Online Accounts”
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AOL Postmaster Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed

aol_logoHopefully these links will continue to work, unlike previous email link:

The Whitelist Request form can be found at:

http://postmaster-us.info.aol.com/whitelist

http://postmaster.aol.com/cgi-bin/fbl.pl

Reporting-MTA: dns;YOURDOMAIN.com Final-Recipient: rfc822;ANYONE@aol.com Action: delayed Status: 4.4.7

Will-Retry-Until: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:13:46 -0400

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Stop SOPA

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https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173
https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
“SOPA and PIPA wouldn’t stop piracy
To make matters worse, SOPA and PIPA won’t even work. The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control.”
Keep the Internet in technocratic hands.

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Samsung Galaxy Note CM9 Alpha

A quick ScreenCast showing of CM 9 Alpha on the Galaxy Note [XDA Thread]
Ice Cream Sandwich runs GREAT, even with the pre-beta build that does not have ICS graphic blobs.  I changed the DPI to 160 to activate the tablet interface.  Too bad I can’t hang up that phone call 😉
Notice how smooth GTA3 runs (any stuttering is due to the screencast software and not the build).

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