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VPNs In The Legal Profession

As a lawyer in the 21st century, it’s no secret that a majority of legal work takes place digitally. All sorts of private and sensitive information, such as client details or court documents, are exchanged via email and other online methods day in and day out. Furthermore, methods of extracting this information from the laptops of unsuspecting lawyers are also becoming increasingly difficult to detect and combat. Whether your working in a coffee shop or in your office, the surest way to obtain peace of mind that your documents are safe is to utilize a VPN.


VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. While that may sound confusing at first, essentially all it does is replace the existing network that your computer or device would normally connect to with an online, virtual network. Via sophisticated encryption, it becomes impossible for a hacker or other unauthorized user to determine your location, identity, or to see any of your sensitive information, while also allowing you to browse the internet anonymously.


This is particularly useful for lawyers who find themselves working in public places often. Setting up shop in a Starbucks for a few hours can be a great way to knock out work, but it also leaves everything on your laptop up for grabs. VPNs are also relatively easy to set up and use; download the VPN software of your choice, connect to one of any number of servers (located all across the globe), and that’s all. There are free as well as paid options, with the paid options being generally more reliable and only costing around $10-20 a month.


The law has very little sympathy for lawyers in terms of client confidentiality; if a hacker obtains client information from your device, the blame falls squarely on you. With how easy and cheap it is to set up a VPN, there’s no excuse for lawyers working on client matters or other confidential information not to use one, especially in a public venue. Rather than deal with a costly security breach, legal professionals are better off investing in a reputable VPN and ensuring that their data is safe.




-Brandon Ellis