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We received a number of calls from clients over the past few days regarding the latest Worldox software update that includes Indexer as a Service (IaaS). As such, we thought it would be beneficial to clarify a few things. Last week, World Software announced that the long-awaited IaaS offering is now ready and is going to be packaged into the latest Worldox GX4 update, WDU10. While we will explain below more about the benefits of running your Indexer program as a service, we want to first caution you from updating your site without proper guidance and planning beforehand. The indexer as a service will automatically install after the update and start running in a semi complete state, while it waits for further configuration. If the Indexer is not configured properly, after the update, the text and profile databases along with any other scheduled jobs (i.e.,scheduled imports of new client matters) will cease to update or run. It is for this reason that we want to caution you from updating Worldox without first understanding how to configure the new software.

Electronic data…it is everywhere and has made its way into our everyday lives – including evidentiary investigations. Whole industries are forming around mining it, investigating it and protecting it. E-discovery is a quickly evolving tool that is proving to be a valuable source of evidence in criminal and civil litigation. But, e-discovery has a reputation for being time-wasting and expensive. Do you know enough to use it well?

Our year-long Thought Leadership Webinar Series continues next week with Brett Burney, Principal of Burney Consultants LLC . Brett focuses the bulk of his time bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Law firms seek out Brett’s expertise to solve their troubling questions about litigation support software and e-discovery challenges. In this session, you’ll get the benefit of hearing Brett’s top 5 e-discovery “gotchas” and how you can avoid them.

There is a new phishing scam where you may receive a Google document from a known contact. It requires you to log in and allow it to control your contacts which gives the hack control of your Google email account which in turn further propagates the scam.

The bad documents are very hard to detect, so it is best to get confirmation from the sender before opening it.

Software Technology LLC announced the 2016 Tabs3 and PracticeMaster Reseller award winners. These award winners are the highest performing members of the channel by a number of measures, including sales, strong client relationships and their expertise with Tabs3 and PracticeMaster. affinity consulting group won first place for PracticeMaster Reseller of the year, Tabs3 Billing reseller of the year, Platinum Reseller of the Year, and Overall Reseller of the year for 2017.

With so many cybersecurity threats and ransomware warnings and hijacked databases in the news, panic is beginning to set in! How can you possibly prepare for such an enemy of your law firm – and your clients?! Is it inevitable?

The Thought Leaders from Sensei Enterprises are here to put your panic into perspective with our latest installment in Affinity’s Thought Leadership Webinar Series. Cybersecurity expert and Sensei Enterprises President Sharon Nelson will share her Top 5 Cybersecurity Tips on April 28th at 11:30 am EST. Along with Sensei Vice President, John Simek, they will share five simple tips can dramatically slash the risk of law firms suffering a data breach.

Affinity Partner Steve Best co-hosted, along with lawyer, author, and podcaster Dennis Kennedy, a series of "TECHSHOW Today" live videos from ABA TECHSHOW 2017 in Chicago.

The videos, sponsored by LegalTalk Network, included interviews with several of the leading TECHSHOW 2017 presenters as well as next year's TECHSHOW co-chairs.

So you’re a successful lawyer in a stress-free law firm where everyone works together in harmony and treats each other with mutual respect, right? If this doesn’t describe your everyday law practice and life perhaps you can spare a few minutes on Friday, March 31st to learn how to live a happier life!

Join Nora Bergman at 11:30am on March 31st for her 5 in 15 webinar as part of the Affinity Thought Leadership Webinar Series. Throughout 2017, Affinity Consulting will host the best and brightest thought leaders in our industry to share their top 5 tips and trends that will affect your law firm. These short webinars will deliver immediate information in a quick 15 - 20 minute format.

This post originally appeared on www.sharefile.com from Affinity Consulting Group Partner Jeff Krause.

Email is the most common form of communication in almost every business. Law firms are no exception. Email is fast and convenient. An entire discussion or exchange can occur and conclude over a short period of time and that discussion is memorialized in the emails. Email can be received anywhere the recipient has access to their account, which these days is just about anywhere.

Along with these many positive qualities, email also has negatives. There are social aspects such has how impersonal email can be and a tendency to say things in an email that would never be said in person or over the phone. Used the wrong way, email can also have dramatic ethical implications for lawyers. Just like a letter placed in the mail, email travels a path from sender to recipient. However, unlike a letter that remains unopened along this path, an email may be copied from server to server along the path. It can be intercepted, read by others, forwarded inadvertently and subject to the infamous reply all.

Barron Henley was named as one of 50 invite-only members of the second TBD Law conference in St. Louis on February 26-28, representing some of the most innovative and forward-thinking solo and small firm lawyers to step outside their comfort zone to reimagine the law practices of tomorrow. The event, a joint effort of the online small firm community, Lawyerist.com and meeting facilitation company, Filament , is focused on convening innovative small firm lawyers and changing the nature of legal conferences and the legal profession.

“The first TBD Law conference was the two most valuable days of my professional life as a solo, and I will continue to reap the benefits of these two days for years to come,” said 2016 participant Megan Zavieh.

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