If you decide not to read any further than this paragraph, at least…Do not click on links in emails to “shared Dropbox files” if (1) you are not expecting to receive a shared file, and (2) the link doesn’t resolve to Dropbox.
Technology is providing new ways for normal people to express the depth of emotions, intricacy of ideas, and complexity of concepts missing from written communication. Where words are not enough, people seek alternate methods to share emotions. Sometimes word-replacements are just downright funny.
When it comes to cyber security, people are the weakest link. Several years ago I served on a team which designed and launched a cyber security field training exercise (FTX) for an organization with 1,100 employees. The organization developed several online courses to help employees identify spam, malware, and potentially malicious files and links embedded or attached to emails. Employees were required to complete the online training during the three months leading up to the exercise. Finally the day arrived and we launched our attacks.
My first experience with Einstein’s theory of relativity happened in 1978. I was ten years old. As I approached a ramp on my bike for what would be a record breaking jump, time suddenly slowed to a snails pace.