TechLinks: Helpful products

Recently, the NCRA Technology Committee shared a few products that can help with work tasks. The products include a password management system, an education technology tool, a messaging app, and an audio solution.

Nancy Bistany, RPR, shared a blog post by Dashlane on the worldwide password problem: Internet users’ tendency toward “using the same, easy-to-remember password on all of their accounts over the security of using strong, unique passwords” on each different account. Dashlane is a password manager that can also manage other security-sensitive information, such as IDs and credit card numbers. “I use Dashlane for my Level 1 Password user,” says Bistany. “Its reminders are great.”

Bistany also shared an article from Forbes reviewing Learning Tools for OneNote. Microsoft OneNote is a now well-known note-keeping program, and Learning Tools is an ancillary product. According to the article, “Learning Tools for OneNote was originally created for dyslexics … [that leverages] a variety of already existing Microsoft technologies like Bing’s speech recognition, simultaneous audio text playback, and natural language processing … to make reading and writing more accessible to all students.” One of its features is fluent fonts, which allows “readers to adjust both the letter spacing and the number of words on the line.”

Teresa Russ, CRI, shared a link on the messaging app Slack. According to the company, it’s “oriented toward small-team collaboration” and has both a free and premium version. Chase Frazier, RMR, CRR, CRC, explained, “I use Slack to talk to a captioning team that we do a lot of events together with. All or most of the tech companies use Slack to communicate. It has awesome searching capabilities, and you can tag someone in the conversation to bring it to their attention.” Frazier added that he has his own name set as a tag so he gets an alert when the conversation involves him.

Finally, Robin Nodland, FAPR, RDR, CRR, shared a review of Trint, an audio and transcription app. Nodland pointed out a quote from the article that explains that Trint makes “it easy to compare the audio clips to the transcript as you’re verifying and editing it.”

TechLinks: Keeping organized with technology

TechLinks_logoIf one of your 2017 resolutions is to get more organized, the NCRA Technology Committee has your back.

A trio of tips from makeuseof.com offers strategies to reach inbox zero with your gmail account, use the camera on your iPhone to manage your life and help you remember things, and use Google calendar more efficiently.

A Jan. 10 article from Inside Counsel offers information about three startups that help manage your calendar. While originally written for lawyers, it is easily adaptable for court reporters.

Keep in mind that Acrobat Pro DC allows users to scan or snap a photo of a paper document, then edit the graphics or text with fonts that match the original, which keeps you organized wherever you are.

TechLinks: Printers, iOS 10, and portable keyboards

NCRA’s Technology Committee has already started finding information on the products members need for the future. This time, the group offers great starts to your research for upgrading to iOS10 on the iPhone; 2016’s best printers; and suggestions for portable keyboards for your tablets or mobile devices.

Technology Committee co-chair Nancy Bistany, RPR, of Chicago, Ill., shared an article from Business Insider about the iPhone’s iOS 10. From how to unlock your phone to a new keyboard configuration, here’s what you need to know. Read more.

Technology Committee member Lisa A. Knight, RDR, CRR, of Littleton, Colo., pointed out a slideshow by TechConnect.com of portable keyboards to use with tablets and mobile devices. This quick-and-easy read gives the basics on seven readily available keyboards. Read more.

A chart on PCMag.com found by Technology Committee member Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, of Portland, Ore., offered information about 10 different printers currently on the market. The chart includes links to reviews of each printer. Read more.

TechLinks: Keeping your information secure

NCRA’s Technology Committee rounded up a group of tech-related articles about keeping your computer files and other information secure, an ever-increasing concern in a world where privacy and security are becoming more and more important. Two articles explain what to look for in scams and the remainder offer suggestions for keeping your devices and information secure.

A tech sector employee explains her vishing – voice phishing — experience and how such scams can threaten the information security of a business. The YouTube video also gives information on how to recognize and how to avoid such scams. See video.

How to recognize a risky email was the topic of a June 16 post on lawyerist.com. Whether avoiding viruses or phishing scams, this article offers the basics for keeping your computer safe. Read more.

A July 4 post on Gizmo’s Freeware, a community website for reviewing free software, suggested Safepad as a simple Windows notepad replacement that uses encryption. Read more.

Bringing the above together, also check out an ABA article on building strong passwords to protect your information from its June issue. The suggestions include using longer words, using both letters – a mix of upper and lowercase – and numbers, and other tricks to make your devices more secure. Read more.

An article in PC Magazine about encrypting data on external drives is a reminder to protect clients’ confidential information as well.  Read more.

TechLinks: Cybersecurity, going paperless, and apps galore

TechLinks_logoThe NCRA’s Technology Committee’s email list recently pointed out a few online articles that consider how technology can help you and how technology has changed what people expect.

Cybersecurity:

On FindLaw, William Peacock, Esq. writes about enhancing a wireless network’s security. Peacock explains how to change the default settings of a wireless router using layman’s terms. Read more.

Going paperless:

On Above the Law, Jeff Bennion offers some practical tips for how to go paperless in a deposition, including a few specific products that he uses and why it’s a good idea to go paperless (or mostly paperless). He also has a couple ideas for how to rid yourself of all the paper storage you will no longer need. Read more.

Apps:

Will Harrelson, an attorney with Faust, Harrelson, Fulker, McCarthy & Schlemmer in Troy, Ohio, shared almost two dozen of his favorite apps in a series of posts from lawyers on iPhone J.D., run by Jeff Richardson. Read more.

Quartz posted the current 25 most popular apps in the United States. The post also includes some interesting conclusions about the list. Read more.

TechLinks: Productivity tools from old phones, a truly connected world, and Microsoft’s $100 deal

Recently shared on the NCRA’s Technology Review Committee’s email list were steps to turn an old phone or tablet into a productivity tool, thoughts from the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog on interconnectivity, and a deal from Microsoft.

PCWorld recently posted an article online about repurposing old phones by turning them into, among other tools, a second monitor, an air mouse, a dictation tool, and a full-blown server.

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Interconnectivity breakdowns might be a thing of the past thanks to a new feature in iOS7 called Multipeer Connectivity Framework (MCF) that is based upon Wireless Mesh Networking (WMN).

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CNNMoney reported that Microsoft is giving $100 to those who upgrade from Windows XP to a new Windows 8 computer.

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