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Issue 76 | July 2022


This newsletter includes information to help lawyers reduce the likelihood of being sued for malpractice. The material presented is not intended to establish, report, or create the standard of care for lawyers. The articles do not represent a complete analysis of the topics presented, and readers should conduct their own appropriate legal research.
Life's A Breach: How to Determine if your Online Account Has Been Compromised

Due to rampant security breaches in recent years, most commonly-used services and sites such as LinkedIn, Gmail, DropBox, Hotmail, Adobe, etc. have required you to change your passwords – and for good reason. Most internet users have by now been affected by a site/server breach, and personal information captured on those sites (e.g. email or civic addresses, birthdate, etc.) can be released or used by hackers, putting you at risk for a Ransomware or Cyber Fraud attack.

Companies are generally quick to recognize a breach, recapture that data, and instruct all of its users to change their passwords after they’ve re-secured their site. How can you determine whether your credentials have been compromised? Visit “Have I Been Pwned” ( and type in your email. Created and maintained by a Microsoft Security Developer, this site will let you know if your account has been compromised in a data breach, and there is a need to change the password for the indicated website. Law firms and businesses can also do a domain search, to track which email addresses using a certain domain name have been seized in any of the known data breaches.

Users can also subscribe to their 'Notify Me' service to receive free email notifications for if (or when) their account is compromised.