SOCIAL MEDIA

Did you know that (your) postings to Facebook, Twitter or dating websites are used as evidence in more than 50% of all lawsuits?  We STRONGLY advise our clients that Social Media Websites can be, and are regularly detrimental to their wellbeing.  Postings to various social websites, blogs, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or any similar electronic bulletin boards are in invitation to adverse evidence.  Client(s) are advised that any person with whom they communicate can easily become a witness, or publish a private communication during your case.   Shechtel and Associates, P.A., advises all clients to immediately terminate, close, discontinue, or eliminate all Facebook, MySpace or similar accounts.  Clients are also advised not to advertise or register on any dating website.  These accounts are not secure. 

Change all passwords

On September 7, 2009, Tom Jackman, a Washington Post Staff Writer wrote that for only $100.00 YourHackerz.com can provide passwords to anyone’s e-mail account. A Google search will instantly reveal hackers who for a small fee can hack almost anything.  Hackers boast of having little trouble hacking into such Web-based e-mail systems as AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail, and they advertise openly.  Although Federal law prohibits hacking into e-mail boxes, absent further illegal activity such actions are normally only a misdemeanor.  The Government usually does not have the resources to investigate and prosecute misdemeanors.   We advise anyone who is about to enter into litigation to change their passwords, or better yet, open a new email account that you strictly protect who you give the address to.

Because it is very difficult to know when your account has been compromised because e-mail snooping doesn’t leave a trace, we strongly encourage our clients to change passwords to all: email, voice mail, credit card, electronic banking, security access, cellular telephone, ebay, computer log on, or any other account(s) that existed prior to the commencement of their case(s).  We remind our clients to change passwords every thirty days to protect the integrity of their data. IF you need additional help, please consult https://netsecurity.about.com/cs/generalsecurity/a/aa112103b.htm for help on how to create secure passwords.