Monthly Archives: April 2011

FYI, iPhones Track More Than Location

Normally, MP900402776[1]I don’t care what personal mobile device a person uses.  I go so far as to call myself tech agnostic.  I work with anything and arrange my tech/services around what my clients use/have configured.

That said, most people who know me, know I don’t recommend the iPhone for business.  The iPhone is a consumer class device and when it first came out, it really wasn’t very useful in business.  Heap on the cost to purchase one and the fact that tech-wise, AT&T’s network couldn’t support the huge demands the devices sucked out of their equipment, and the iPhone really had a lot stacked against it.

Not being very useful (in the beginning); not being able to use them from any network other than AT&T (until recently) and the hefty cost are generally the reasons I gave to people who would ask – that simply put there were better, faster and cheaper options to get mobile.

It wasn’t until after meeting digital security expert/forensic evaluators Sharon Nelson and John W. Simek at Techshow several years back, that I learned iPhones were not only expensive and unreliable, but that they also hold and store a lot more information than just cell tower locations.

As confirmed at this year’s TechShow, iPhones are not just tracking your location, they are also capturing much more user information and storing that information on the device itself.  When asked what type of information he’s personally been able to recover from an iPhone, John responded:

We’ve been able to retrieve items such as call logs, address book (contacts), GPS data, text messages, screen shots (happens whenever the home button is pressed), pictures and even voice messages (visual voice).

Now, I know you are all thinking “Well of course he can, he’s a forensic evaluator after all!”.  True, but also according to John, you do not need special programs or even skills to crack an iPhone and get at all that information it is quietly capturing/storing.  See: Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Use the iPhone – A Security Nightmare (opens .pdf file).

Additionally, it’s not so much that I worry that iPhone users are all going to get sued, be in accidents, get divorced or endure any other life event which would make this intel of value to those who literally know what they are looking for and how to use it (for OR against), it’s the mere fact that it is going on.

As someone who helps US based law firms set up a secure digital workflow, and as a VA who has been educating fellow virtual assistants about privacy and confidentiality issues for many years, I am enjoying the recent attention that the iPhone tracking matter has given to the issue of personal privacy.

I think privacy is an issue that frankly, very few are paying attention to, and so many more need to understand.   If you’d like to get up to speed quickly, take a tour of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) website, then donate or get involved.  Digital privacy is important to us all!

Back to iPhones – here’s a few more interesting articles/links John provided:

iPhone Forensic Expert Reveals iPhone Takes Screen Shots; Provides a Fix To Disable.

Researchers Get Access To Passwords Stored In Locked iPhone In 6 Minutes

LegalTypist Turns 10!

42-16394636On April 16, 2001, I filed a d/b/a certificate with the Nassau County Clerk’s Office.  Hence, April 16, 2011 – LegalTypist celebrated 10 years in business.  Woot!

In a decade, I have gone from a one-woman show servicing half a dozen solo/small firms, to Digital Assistants located across the US, working on hundreds of accounts — the largest just over 70 attorneys.

I’m very proud of where my company is at it’s 10 year mark. I have worked hard over the last 5 years doing my best to make “legaltypist” known.

I fully expect the next decade to become the one that firmly embeds not just the brand “legaltypist” into the minds and offices of lawyers nationwide but the services too!

Onward and upward!

ABA Techshow – Q. What's Going On? A. LOTS!!

Sunday, April 10

6:00 – 7:30 Welcome Reception, Chicago Hilton

Before the official start of ABA TECHSHOW, join everyone for the opening Welcome Reception where speakers and attendees can get a head start on networking.

7:30 – 10:30 ish  Ignite Law - Chicago Hilton

What is IgniteLaw?  The future of law practice … in six minute increments. Hosted by Matt Homann of LexThink and Joanna Forshee if InsideLegal, this fast paced event hosts 12 speakers each with 20 slides and 6 minutes to wow you with their insights!

Here’s the 2011 lineup:

  1. Carolyn Elefant:  Is Technology the Kryptonite of Client Confidentiality?
  2. Dennis Kennedy:  The Freemium Practice of Law
  3. Kevin Chern:  Creating the Perfect Future: Strategic Planning for Your Law Fim and Your Life
  4. Eric Cooperstein:  (Lack of) Privacy 2.0: Law in the Age of Transparency
  5. Jay Shepherd:  Quantum Leap:  How You Will Practice Law in 2019
  6. Daniel Schwartz:  The Elephant in the Room
  7. Will Hornsby:  And the Survey Says …
  8. Victor Medina:  Bespoke Legal Services in an Off-The-Rack Culture
  9. Kevin O’Keefe:  Facebook, Can it Really Be Used by Lawyers for Business Development?
  10. Jim Calloway:  A Failure to Communicate
  11. Marc Lauritsen:  Apps for Justice — Code to the Rescue
  12. Tom Mighell:  Preparing for the Post-PC Law Practice

Last year was filled to capacity and this year looks like it will certainly be another fun filled night!

NOTE: Although I am working with Matt and Joanna behind the scenes again this year – I will NOT be at the event.  I will be home with my son, celebrating his birthday.  Everyone say awwww now. ;)

FYI, if you have not yet gotten a ticket – you better do so right NOW (click here).  I manned the check in table last year (thanks again to @CyberLaw for making the sign) – literally, I had to turn people away.

Monday, April 11

9:00 am I land at Midway – so dang it will be missing the Britt Lorish and Nerino Petro session: Getting the Most from Speech Recognition Software which starts at 8:30.

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Keynote Presentation: Prof Larry Lessig Code is Law

5:00 -7:00 pm The Sociable Lawyer Meetup at  Kitty O’Sheas in the Hilton Chicago

Hosted by Rocket Lawyers.  There is no better way to unwind from a long day of legal tech talk than sharing some appetizers and drinks with your peers.   Sociable Lawyer Meetups offers a relaxed environment for you to mingle with like-minded colleagues and expand your professional network.  You must RSVP (click here)

5:30 – 7:30 pm Silver Jubilee Reception – Grand Ballroom Chicago Hilton

Enjoy refreshments and network with others from across North America. The Jubilee will also feature 25 Years of Legal Technology in 25 Minutes, a fun and interesting retrospective of technology in the legal profession.

7:45 – 9:30 pm Taste of Techshow (still a few seats left)

8:00 – 11:00 pm – Clio Meet up at Sushi Samba Rio Restaurant

Hosted by Clio co-founders Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau enjoy complimentary sushi, drinks and fantastic conversations with the Clio crew and other Clio users and fans.  You must RSVP (click here).

Tuesday, April 12

4:30 – 5:30 pm 60 Tips in 60 Minutes

5:30 – 6:30 pm   Beer for Bloggers – Chicago Hilton Lobby Bar

You blog?  You like beer?  Come hang out and have a pint courtesy of @KevinOKeefe.

7:00- 9:30 pm Taste of Techshow (still a few seats left)

9:00 – 11:00 pm NextPoint Spring Release Party at Buddy Guy’s Legends

As Gwynne says: Local company hosting a meetup at one of Chicago’s best blues clubs. What’s not to like?

9:00 – 11:00 pm Social Networking at The South Loop Club

Located two easy walking blocks from the Chicago Hilton, The South Loop Club is an awesome local bar with relaxed atmosphere.  Wind down after days of non stop action and share a pint with  many of the LegalTypist Superpassers, Techshow and Solosez friends!  Chaffing dishes of nibbles and noshes will be provided courtesy of Clio Register here.

Wednesday, April 13

11:00 – 12:00 pm 60 Sites in 60 Minutes

This annual favorite has ABA BOD members and others giving a fast paced explanation of 60 sites useful to lawyers.

7:00 – 9:00 pm Chicago Tweet Up

Hosted by yours truly and local Chicago attorney Erin Russel (@LegallyErin) at Three Aces

C’mon by and say hi!

I’m getting asked which sessions I plan on attending.  While I can’t guarantee that my schedule won’t change, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Monday

2:30

Managing Your Documents On a Mac Victor Medina Ben Stevens

4:30

Taking Your Practice Into the Cloud Antigone Peyton John Simek
Tuesday

7:30

Breakfast

8:00

Introduction to Cloud Computing Erik Mazzone Catherine Saunders Reach

9:00

Expo

10:00

Popular Cloud Services for Lawyer Stephanie Kimbro Tom Mighell

11:00

Expo

11:45

Lunch

1:15

Safe Flying in the Clouds Brett Burney, Sharon Nelson

2:15

Expo

3:15

Getting the Most Out of PDF Software Ernie Svensen Larry Smith

4:30

60 Tips in 60 Minutes
Wednesday

8:00

Breakfast

8:30

Slate Shootout Nerino Petro

9:45

30 Time, Billing and Accounting Tips David Bilinsky Seven Best

11:00

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

Interesting Sh*t This Week #ISTW

It’s been a whirlwind of a week!

First off – my birthday was Tuesday – a day I had planned to get a mani/pedi and have lunch with a girlfriend, then out to dinner with the spouse at my favorite LI restaurnt: RS Jones.  Ended up picking up son from school, taking him to doctor to discover he had a massive ear infection. Poor guy felt so bad to be sick on my bday and I felt so bad for him. :(

Having one of the little ones home for two days wasn’t the only wrench thrown into my monkey works:

1 of the 3 main techs I use to “work” stopped working.  For days. And no one knew.  The reason we didn’t know is because it didn’t affect the workflow my solo firms at all.  As it was the tech that automated the upload of files to the “System” installed on the networks of my large clients, they were the only ones affected.

Tech is great, when it works – when it doesn’t and you have 100′s of  people sitting at their desks, waiting for you – it gets stressful.  Really stressful!

You’d think I’d want to change techs, right?  Nope. There is no better tech to do what I have the System doing.  I am always on the lookout – but none of the big digital dictation platforms (Winscribe/Big Hand) have a way to outsource the files easily; and all require in house servers with set up; administration and on going support for my clients.

It took the tech company only a few hours to correct the issue once identified – and we are working on a way to make sure it can’t happen again; but a tech snafu certainly added to the interesting sh*t this week.

Next, you know how I always say that Facebook is for Bejeweled and Birthdays?  It was great to receive a ton of HB wishes from people all over the globe on my wall.  That truly made my day! :)

Also on the plus side, I was able to secure SuperPass pricing for a third group attending ABATechshow in Chicago the week after next.  I LOVE getting people stuff for less and can’t wait to meet up with all my SuperPassers, friends and countrymen (lots of Canadians at TechShow last year) even if it means flying… eeeeee

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