October 20, 2016 - Hanalei, Hawaii.
In most tech thrillers, there's the inevitable scene where some quirky guy (it's usually a male with bushy hair, a wrinkled T-shirt, and a three-day-old beard) is quickly typing. "Just five minutes more," he shouts at the impatient leader. After a few more seconds of frantic keyboard pounding, he spits out, "I'm In!"
In real life, most individual security breaches are much more sedate. The hackee gets an email: "WARNING YOUR GMAIL ACCOUNT HAS BEEN BREACHED." The unsuspecting fool clicks on the link where he/she winds up on a spoofed website that promises eternal happiness, just "Insert Username and Password." You get the rest. Apparently, that's how the brain surgeon John Podesta was caught.
No Sympile user has ever fallen prey to a phishing attack. And it's not just because our users are smarter than Google users (although they are). At Sympile we care about our users and have instituted a simple trick, or "Sympile trick" as we like to say, that thwarts all phishing attacking.
Anytime a user clicks on a link in an email, it first goes through our servers which determine if the link is legitimate. In addition, whenever the proposed landing page requests the user to input a password or other identifying information, the link is automatically rejected. Long ago, we taught legitimate email senders to avoid sending links that ask for personally identifying information.
In addition, at Sympile, all attachments are checked for viruses. And, we are proud to say, there has never been any virus spread through an SymMail attachment. Our five million dollar reward for anyone who beats our virus scanner has still not been claimed.
There are two steps that users should use to avoid viruses and phishing attacks:
- Use Sympile and not Google.
- Pay for your porn.
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