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Dugite is this video of you?

Ohhh a virus!

This morning I received a link in Facebook messenger from an old friend, someone I haven't spoken to in years. It was obviously a phishing link, the title was wrong "Dugite is this a video of you?" and the preview image was blurry, like it was stuck not loading.

Needless to say I didn't click and messaged them back saying "Probably should change your password?"

What Interests me is the reaction when this friend posted on their wall, within minuets, not to open any messages from them and they "HAVE A VIRUS ON MY PHONE". Out of 7 people 3 opened the obviously shady link.

Not one of these people who opened this link mentioned they will now need to change their password, in fact one person even said it all should be ok once it's gone through their entire address book. The non-technical people, to me at least, seem to be treating phishing and malware like you would the common cold. It'll pass, fact of life and not a real concern.

They of course should be very concerned with the majority of web browsing occurring on the mobile the amount of data that is potentially stored on a phone is astronomically large. From your banking app to your photos and everything you can gain access through your email accounts is at risk. Mobile operating systems are, thankfully, very locked down with each app operating somewhat isolated from the others, but that's not a guarantee.

I fear the next decade of tech breaches are going to get ugly and there just isn't a technical solution to user apathy.