LIT Software Limited Time Sale on TrialPad and TranscriptPad Software

LIT Software has announced that their popular iPad apps, TrialPad and TranscriptPad, will be available at a reduced rate for the bundle of $139.99 from March 3, 2015 until March 6, 2015. These apps are usually sold for $89.99 each, so this represents a considerable discount on the combination of these apps. If you have been considering these apps and could use each of them, this is a great time to purchase the bundle. Unfortunately, if you have already purchased one, there is no discount to complete the bundle (disappointing that no discount is being offered for loyal users).

LIT Software Bundle

I have previously reviewed TrialPad on iPlugDelaware. The newest version is nice, but still has some limitations. I am hopeful that future versions will continue to be made available for free to current purchasers, and will add features that will also allow TrialPad to replace the need for separate PDF annotation software.

Download the bundle now from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/ultimate-litigation-bundle/id944576845?mt=8

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Serious Flaws Discovered in Apple iCloud Backup Security

Recently I posted an article explaining why attorneys should be concerned about the recent iCloud celebrity photo breach. At the time that I posted the article, details were just coming out about how these individuals had their confidential materials leaked. Since then, the leading theory has been that the celebrities had their iCloud iPhone backups accessed by malicious users using tools originally developed for law enforcement purposes. Christina Warren of Mashable recently posted a great article explaining just how easily she was able to hack her own iCloud backup. I recommend that all attorneys read her post to see just how easy some of this information can be obtained.  

My recommendation based on the events of the past week is that attorneys should not store confidential materials on iCloud until Apple makes the online service more secure. If you backup your iPhone or iPad using iTunes, you have the option of encrypting your backup with a separate password (that can and should be different from your iTunes password). Unfortunately this option is not available for iCloud backups. Without a second-factor authentication option or a separate encryption password for your online backups, a malicious user would only need to determine your iCloud password to access all your backed up data.

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You can turn off iCloud backup by going into your iOS settings and choosing iCloud. Within the initial iCloud settings you can choose Storage & Backup to choose whether to enable iCloud Backup. Within that settings panel simply disable iCloud backup to turn it of on your device.

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If you have other iOS devices, choose Manage Storage and from there you can delete backups from iCloud. You also should be careful that you understand what other apps on your device may be using iCloud to store data. To determine this, choose Documents & Data from within the initial iCloud settings. This will give you a list of apps that are storing data on iCloud. If you keep confidential client data within any of these apps, you may want to disable the ability of these apps to store documents and data in iCloud.

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It is important to remember that these recommendations are only if you have confidential information on your device. If you do choose to disable iCloud backups, it is important that you plug your device into your computer and backup using iTunes on a regular basis (and select the encryption option in iTunes). Email account passwords are not stored on the iCloud backup, so do not worry about this information being at risk if you do choose to use iCloud backup.

I am hoping that with the attention this has been receiving in the press that Apple quickly offers options to better secure iCloud in the near future. In the meantime, it is important that you at least understand what data on your device is being uploaded to the cloud and that you know if it is adequately protected.

Update: According to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has issued a statement promising that Apple will enable new notifications in the next two weeks to address some of the concerns discussed above. Notably individuals will begin to receive emails when a password is changed, when a backup is restored to a new device, when a device logs into iCloud for the first time, and users will be able to use two factor authentication for iCloud when iOS 8 is released. It is nice that Apple is promising quick improvements to better secure user’s data.

Read Christina Warren’s How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Mashable/~3/I41sXRKDLao/

iPlugDelaware Wilmington Meeting on August 19, 2014 – Prepare your iPad for iOS 8

iPlug Delaware Wilmington Meeting will be held August 19, 2014 at 7:30 am

The Wilmington meeting for iPlug Delaware will be held on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at the Panera in Fairfax at 7:30 am. This month’s meeting will focus on preparing your iPad and iPhone for the upcoming release of iOS 8. We will discuss the models of iPhone and iPad that will receive the new version of the operating system when it is released next month, and how to determine if you have enough space on your device for the upgrade installation. If the space on your iPhone or iPad is limited, we will discuss services and methods to manage your space and backup your device.

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As always, our meetings are open to anyone in the legal community in Delaware (this includes lawyers, paralegals, judges, law students and other legal staff). Our meetings are held in the back room of the Panera at 2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. The meetings usually last about 1 hour. Any experience level is welcome, including those that are just iPad curious and have not yet started using an iPad or iPhone. The meetings are informal, there is no cost or registration needed, and we encourage questions, comments, and suggestions from those in attendance. 

Dover iPlug will not meet this month, but if you are from Kent and Sussex County, please use the contact form to let us know if you would be interested in attending a virtual meeting online later this month. We have been experimenting with using Google Hangouts more with the site, and if there is sufficient interest, an online meeting will be scheduled. 

Wilmington iPlug meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. If you cannot make it to this month’s meeting, please set a reminder to join us next month. New faces are always welcome, as are suggestions for future meeting topics. 

Nominate iPlugDelaware for ABA Journal’s Blawg 100

Nominate Us

The ABA Journal is currently (or at least until August 8, 2014) enlisting help in compiling its list of the 100 best legal blogs. The ABA requests submissions from lawyers or law students on blogs that they read on a regular basis, and that they find helpful in their law practice or law education.

Our goal at iPlug Delaware is to provide our readers (members of the legal community) information to allow them to easier use an iPad and/or iPhone in the practice of law. We try to create unique content that makes our site a valuable resource for you, and we also try to link to sites that have already explained things clearer than we can.

If you find our site valuable, and would like to make it easier to find for other members of the legal community, please consider taking less than 5 minutes to nominate iPlug Delaware for the ABA Blawg 100 2014. Please visit ABA Journal’s nomination page to nominate us: http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100_submit/.

I also edit other blogs for the legal community that you may find useful, please consider nominating my other blogs if you also find that they are helpful to your practice:

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This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.