Today is a great day for phishing.
But then again, every day is a great day for phishing for the typical cyber criminal.
A pair of words from my father I used to hear (more often than any other guidance) was "safety first." In most endeavors of sending me off into the world for education, adventure, travel, or the unknown, I heard those words. Little did I know as a child, or teenager, or young adult that those two words would ring so true in my personal and professional online life. I find myself saying the same words to my 1.5yr old son too. You could say I'm trying the mantra on for size. It seems to fit well.
I am late to write about the annual Father's Day event from this past Sunday, but the image of the email I got today is a prime example of "online safety first." The internet wasn't built with a heavy emphasis on security and privacy. We have to do extra work to use third party tools and services and encryption to make us operationally more secure in the internet-dominated world as it is today.
To all my technical brethren out there: safety first!
To my dad, whose family fled North Korea when he was a child seeking safety, who as a husband/father immigrated to the United States seeking opportunity for himself and his children, I give my undying love and deepest admiration of your bravery.
Five quick ideas you can explore for more privacy, more security:
Tenta Browser (created and founded by my good friends Jesse and Jen)
Comcast DDoS Protection for your Enterprise (as part of my day job)
Learn about blockchain technology and its built-in feature of pseudonymity
Consider a new BlackBerry KeyOne that integrates Android and the legendary security capabilities of BlackBerry (aka Research in Motion)
Read as much as humanly possible, educate yourself, trust your gut. Be suspicious of any email that asks you to login with a provided hyperlink. ALWAYS mouse-over the hyperlink to see where it goes, like I did in the above image. 99% of the time, you don't want to click on it.
My name is Dae Yu.