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Website Security surrounding the recent uproar over OpenSSL hole

Published on: Monday, April 14th, 2014

If you have heard about a new website security threat called Heartbleed in the news, you are probably told to change your online passwords to a lot of online sites, such as Yahoo.

We are told by central IT that your UST password on UST sites are safe and will remain secure.

If you want to know more about this threat elsewhere, check here.

The versatile copiers in the libraries

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014

The copy machines located in the library do more than just copying your documents. You can scan your documents into PDF. One page comes about 36 KB, small in size. A 40 page document can be scanned into PDF for about 1.5 MB.

If your document is printed on both sides, the copier can scan both sides in one pass. Choose the Original-two-sided options under Scan tab on the copier to use this feature.

If you prefer to scan the original into color copy, choose Full color under the Scan tab. Be careful- color copy dramatically increases the size of the resulting PDF, one page about 2 MB. It is good if you only have a small amount of pages to scan.

And lastly, the scanned PDF can go to your email or a jump drive.

These options should serve most of our needs. If you want to use these features and do not know how to operate, contact Don or Kelly.

Share and edit files securely

Published on: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This online service called WatchDox claims that they can make the sharing, editing and syncing of files secure. It is a paid service. It might be worthwhile for some enterprises, or law firms. You can check it out here.

Enable basic file security

Published on: Monday, February 17th, 2014

Though it might not have happened to you personally, we for sure have heard horror stories of missing laptops by attorneys. To implement basic steps to ensure the security of the files you have on your laptop, here is an article detailing the steps using free program. Read it here.

iPad Apps for lawyers

Published on: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

This site has posted a variety of apps that lawyers can use, some free but most you need to pay.

NSA used Google cookies to spy on you…

Published on: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

According to this article carried on PC World, NSA hitchhiked on Google’s cookie to select specific target to snoop. This article also shows you how to check the cookies on your computer. If you are interested, you can follow the steps. Basically, it is:

1. Go to
2. Right click and choose inspect elements
3. On the lower portion of the screen, click on Resources tab and you will see your PREF cookies.
4. Notice the ID. That is unique to your browser and that is how Google spy on you. Now NSA simply takes a free ride on that and can spy on you, too, if they want to.

Have fun.

How to check your printing balance

Published on: Monday, November 25th, 2013

For current students who want to find out the balance on the printing account, follow the steps listed below:

1. Log into the UST Portal:
2. In the bottom right of the screen under Applications, choose Current Printing Balance. See screenshot:
3. Fill in the Start Date and End Date and click Submit. See screenshot below:

Mapping your personal laptop to UST printers

Published on: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

New instructions for how to print from your personal laptops to UST networked public printers are available. Click here to access different instructions for PC and Mac.

Make your tablet the only tool you use for work…

Published on: Friday, November 1st, 2013

This article from PC Magazine lists a slew of accessories and apps which can wean you from using a laptop or computer and use only your tablet. Read on…

For Gmail users, if you do not want your name or photo to appear in ads, act now…

Published on: Friday, October 25th, 2013

Google Announced (Announcement is here) that November 11, 2013, Google can use your name or photo on ads. If you object to it, the time to act is now. You can control whether your image and name appear in ads via the Shared Endorsements setting. Click Here and after you log in, uncheck the enable my photo and name to appear in ads option and then submit. Google will try to persuade you one last time by lamenting that your friends will not be able to get the benefit of your recommendation. It is your call. I unchecked it.

On a related note, the contents you uploaded onto Google, while you retain the ownership of them, Google has the right to use them in any derivative way it chooses. Read the Terms of Services here. In other words, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Stored Communications Act, and other Acts, etc, that aim to protect your online privacy will be of no utility to you if you want to stop Google to use your content. Free service comes with a string. In Chinese, we say, you owe the other side a favor after you have taken a favor from him. Well, the exact Chinese, if literally translated, would be: your hand is short now after you have taken what is theirs.