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Answer: Yes. End of Blog.

But seriously, first let’s really define the Cloud. I mean, your stuff isn’t really up in the clouds. It just lives on a server somewhere, and you use the internet to connect to it. And frankly, even if your client’s data was actually sitting on the top of one of those pretty fluffy white clouds in the sky, it would STILL be safer than it is on paper in your office…on your desk in your unlocked office...where 15 people you don’t know who help to maintain your office building have keys, or on your laptop where the password is “password”. Or even your on-premises practice management program where you stay logged in all day and night, never locking your screen. These are just a few examples of situations around your office. But aside from all those things, let’s talk about practice management in the Cloud.

Every single “Cloud Based” practice management company worth their salt has information about the security of your data available on their website. In fact, here is a link to a bunch of them. There are more – this isn’t an endorsement or a recommendation…but what you will notice is this: Back Up. Bank grade encryption. Password policies. Redundancy. All things you likely don’t have in your office right now.

If understanding the security that is inherent in your program doesn’t give you enough peace of mind, consider what your state might have to say on the issues. We know the Rules of Professional Conduct vary from state to state, but we all have an obligation to protect our client’s data, no matter where we are practicing. The American Bar Association maintains a great resource that helps to summarize Cloud ethics opinion around the U.S. found HERE, you will see that for the states that have actually issued a formal opinion on the matter, the standard is “reasonable care.” Interestingly, most states have not issued a formal opinion, but we think our clients will certainly use reasonable care, understand how the provider handles the data, be comfortable with the measures in place to protect confidentiality, and the like.

If you had an opinion about the security of the Cloud or the sophistication of the features in cloud based practice management programs in the past, it’s time to take a second look.

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This is being written on July 21, 2016. On July 29, 2016, just over a week from now, Microsoft's free upgrade offer from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 expires. Contrary to what you may have heard (or wished), it is not likely to be extended.

So many good things are happening at Affinity, we couldn’t help but share. Consider this our “State of Affinity.”

It finally happened - at least for the Asus Chromebook Flip. All it took was switching to the Developer Channel of Chrome OS on my Flip and the Google Play Store and its multitude of Android Apps were there for the taking.

Most of us are familiar with the dreaded Crypto-Locker ransomware outbreak that started a couple of years ago and continues with variations today. From the email warning quoted below, it appears that a new ransomware outbreak is targeting lawyers and law firms. This is especially dangerous because the email appears to come from an official state bar or lawyer regulatory organization. Be aware!

Last night something disruptive happened. For the first time, the million plus Android apps in the Google Play Store became available to run natively on Chromebooks. Not all Chromebooks just yet, but on a few, such as my Asus Chromebook Flip. This fall, nearly all newer Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps such as the excellent Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps.

It was announced on May 17 that Amicus Attorney was acquired by Abacus Data Systems Inc, a California based company. Affinity’s practice management team wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know that nothing has changed with respect to our support for Amicus Attorney as a result of this transaction. We’re still working daily with our contacts at Amicus in supporting, implementing, and upgrading Amicus Attorney for our clients and will continue to do so.

Many Microsoft OneDrive users fondly remember the "placeholders" from the Windows 8.1 file synchronization client. Placeholders let you see all of the files and folders in your OneDrive online storage even if those files or folders were not actually present on your computer's hard drive. Sadly, that feature was eliminated in Windows 10 (although something like it may come back soon). Now Dropbox plans to introduce a conceptually similar service with its Dropbox Infinite project.

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