November-December 2013

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G oogle Play (formerly known as the Android Market ) and Apple's App Store ( ) boast hundreds of thousands of apps. Which ones help immigration lawyers practice law, manage their personal and professional lives, and have a little fun at the same time? Here is my list of the top apps: Be safe, be secure! 1Password ( ) With almost every website requiring a log-in and password, it's no wonder most people just end up using the same ones for each site. But choosing convenience over security only invites hackers to steal valuable information, including your bank account numbers. So if you need to remember only one password, then remember your master password on your 1Password app. This app holds all your usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, software serial numbers, etc. ILLUSTRATION BY BRADLEY AMBURN SHUTTERSTOCK/THINKSTOCK BoxCryptor ( ) It might take some getting used to, but BoxCryptor will add an extra layer of security to confidential client documents continuously being shared on your Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft Sky Drive programs. This app encrypts the information that is being transmitted and requires a decryption key (which you choose), allowing only you and other users with your permission to open the documents. BoxCryptor also has an analogous desktop version that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and iOS, and can be installed on most devices. ( = available in Apple Store = available on Google Play) Work anywhere! Documents to Go Premium ( ) Documents to Go is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad that handles Microsoft Office documents very well. The premium version of the app includes support for PowerPoint editing and for online cloud services, such as Dropbox. Evernote ( ) Evernote is a super-powered note-taking app. It lets you do the usual, which is create written notes; but what's more impressive is that this app allows you to take pictures, make voice recordings, upload weblinks, all in the same note. In addition, if you allow it, Evernote will include your location in the note so when you refer to it, you will know exactly when and where the note was created. Keynote ( ) Keynote is Apple's iPad version of the similarly titled desktop app for designing and delivering slide presentations. After using presentation applications on numerous platforms, I've found the touch interface of the iPad ideally suited for slide design. Keynote also has beautiful templates, fonts, transitions, and slide design tools to enhance your content. While the app has fewer features than you would find on a desktop presentation application, it has more than enough horsepower for the typical presenter. I actually find the limited feature a plus as it makes me focus on my content. Presentations can be easily exported for use on a Mac version of Keynote, in PowerPoint, or as a PDF. JotNot Scanner Pro ( ) Yes, there are other PDF "scanning" apps that allow you to take a picture of a document and convert it to a PDF, but JotNot just seems to do it better and easier than some of the others. From court documents to financial documents to recipes in magazines, this iPhone app comes in handy at least once a week. N OVEMBER/ D ECEMBER 2013 27

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