The Use of Skype for Presentation of Live Witness Hearing Testimony

As most tech savvy persons are aware, Skype provides an internet communications service allowing both video teleconferencing and telephone services via the Internet. http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/welcomeback/  The video teleconference service is generally free.  You can also use the service for VOIP calls for a nominal charge. I first learned of Skype a couple of years ago when my family and I were … Read More

iPad for Lawyers is Most Useful as Media Consumption Device

Michael Payne has written an informative article that succinctly answers the question I am most frequently asked by those considering an iPad or other tablet device– “I have a laptop– how will an iPad improve my practice?” http://www.law.com/jsp/nylj/nylawyer/PubArticleNYL.jsp?id=1202498747191&rss=nylawyer&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1 Tweet … Read More

Review of DocScanner App for iPad2/iPhone as Lawyer Tool

I have been using the DocScanner App for iPad for several weeks now.  The App allows you to photograph business cards, receipts, and documents and forward them as photographs, PDF copies, or to convert them to text via OCR.   Today, during a meeting that I was hosting via GoToMeeting with five attendees, another attendee in the room with me started … Read More

More DropBox Security Issues- Lawyers Beware

We have previous cautioned lawyers regarding the dangers of the use of DropBox for the storage of confidential information. http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=345#comment-198′ Now DropBox has reported another security glitch in which in password used would allow access to any file. http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20072755-281/dropbox-confirms-security-glitch-no-password-required/ We reiterate our recommendation of SpiderOak as a more secure alternative to DropBox for lawyers. Tweet … Read More

SpiderOak Appears to be More Secure Alternative to DropBox for Lawyers

[DISCLOSURE– I was so impressed with SpiderOak that I have agreed to feature a SpiderOak banner on my blog site.  If you open an account through a link on my site for a free or paid account, I will receive some nominal compensation to help defray the costs of software testing.] In earlier articles, I have discussed the utility of … Read More

Hytech Lawyer Updates Recommendation as to Best Application for Taking Handwritten Notes on iPad

As will be discussed in my next blog post, my goal is to move toward an always accessible electronic litigation file and a virtually paperless office.   However, the reality is that I still find the need to take old fashioned handwritten notes in depositions, meetings, interviews and fact finding situations.  While in theory I could take notes on my laptop, I find that taking … Read More

Use of Dropbox by Lawyers is Risky Business—Ethical Issue

Over the past month, there has been much discussion regarding possible vulnerablities in Dropbox security that might make the service unsuitable for use by attorneys and others required to protect the confidentiality of data.  Reportedly, these issues have been addressed by a software fix.  See  http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=339   However, for lawyers a more fundamental inquiry is required.  Daily, we use the internet, email, telephone, … Read More

LAWYER ALERT– Alleged Dropbox Security Issues and New Fix

In a previous post, I sang the praises of Dropbox as a file transfer application for the iPad and discussed the application developer’s security representations See  http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=49 Dropbox allows the user to put a file into the Dropbox on one device  (PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) and the document is automatically synched to “the cloud” and can then be accessed on the users … Read More