Certified Legal Nurse Consultants – Tame the Social Media Beast

If you’re constantly asking where do all of the hours go, you are the perfect candidate for disconnecting. Smartphone apps make it fun and easier than ever to read our friends’ status updates and to see the photos they’ve posted on Facebook. It makes us feel good when they “like” something we’ve posted or when we’re tagged in one of their photos. That’s one reason social media is so addicting – it’s like experiencing human hugs all day long. Now that you understand why you like it, it’s time to tame the beast and take back your time.

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Certified Legal Nurse Consultants – It’s Time to Clear Your Cache!

The cache on your web browser is where the copies of pages from the various legal nurse consulting-related websites you’ve visited are stored. Each time you visit a website the browser is supposed to pull up the “cached” site while downloading the “new” site. This is to speed up your browser’s apparent performance. All browsers have a default setting that limits the size or amount of memory of this cache. And the more you surf the web or do research for your legal nurse consulting business, the more pages are stored in it. Consequently, the more incrementally slower it may become to load a page (as it looks for the old copy).

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: What’s the Most Dangerous Thing on Your Computer?

Most Certified Legal Nurse Consultants will probably respond “my spouse or my children.” But the answer is surprising – it’s your web browser. Of course users contribute to the danger by constantly clicking on things they shouldn’t, downloading memory-hogging “enhancements” and visiting unsafe websites. But no matter who is using it, the web browser is the point of entry for all sorts of dangers. We all use the web – whether it’s for doing research for your legal nurse consulting business, researching attorney-prospects or using web-based email.

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Can Now Spell Czech in Internet Explorer on the Fly!

Okay, that’s a graham air joke not a spell check joke. Seriously, as much as I love Firefox® and Chrome®, I still occasionally need to use Internet Explorer®. However, I am dismayed that it lacks the built-in spell check capability found in both Firefox and Chrome. By spell check I mean that little red line that indicates you’ve misspelled an important word in a web form (like the “comments” box on today’s Tuesday Tech Tip). Here’s an example:

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Do Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Need or Want, to Encrypt Their Computer Data?

Good question, Tech Tipper Tom! Do you need to encrypt my legal nurse consulting business data to keep it away from prying eyes? My answer is “That depends.” If you’re using a desktop system for your legal nurse consulting business and there’s no one around but your immediate family, and if you believe you can trust them, there is no reason to encrypt the hard drive on your PC. But, if you share a desktop with your spouse and children and they have a habit of getting malware infestations, you may want to encrypt the data. If you’re a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who uses a laptop computer only and who keeps the data on the local drive of that computer (versus on an external hard drive or server in your office) and who also travels with that computer or shares it – you may want to encrypt your data. The way I see it, even paranoids have real enemies, so if you feel you have the need to encrypt your data, you should. If you’re like me and are rolling your eyes at the thought, you don’t.

What Should Attorneys, Doctors, Plaintiffs, Defendants, Jurors and Legal Nurse Consultants Be Chatting About on the Internet?

That’s a pretty powerful question with many different answers. Back in June, I tweeted about a high-profile case that involved an MD who was blogging about his medical malpractice trial as the trial was in progress. I used this as an example to illustrate why Certified Legal Nurse Consultants should recommend that their attorney-clients check out social media (and the blogosphere) for postings by opposing parties (and their own parties), before and during a trial. That case ended in a substantial settlement for the plaintiff after the MD was shown to have exposed trial strategy, ridiculed the case and made generally inappropriate postings for which he was confronted during the trial.

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Microsoft® Automatic Updates – Take ’em or Leave ’em for Your Legal Nurse Business?

Any legal nurse consultant who owns a computer running the wonderful Windows operating system (OS), has, at some point been faced with the little pop-up that tells you something to the effect that “high-priority updates are available for your computer, would you like to download and install them now?” My answer is a whole-heartedly qualified “Yes! I sure would in certain situations.”

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Is the Internet Down or Is It Just Me?

Friday I came home from work, docked my computer, fired it up and went to check the movie times at the dollar theatre for my big date with Vickie. Firefox browser fired up – nothing. Opened up IE8 – nothing. Tried Safari – still nothing. Looked at the DSL modem and router – all seem fine (all das blinkenlights vas blinklen und flashen). My first reaction was that my end is working, it must be the Internet that is down.

*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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