October 7, 2016
You love extremes. You guzzle energy drinks while batwing diving through canyons and cityscapes. That’s you walking on lava in that clip for adventure travel. That’s also you chasing the tornado.
We love watching you on YouTube — but please stay away from our kids, homes, PCs, and phones. We’d suggest helmets and antivirus protection, but we’re not sure you’d listen. Your do love life (however short it may be).
We love you. You push us to try crazy things like skateboarding and dogsled racing. We follow you down black diamonds even though we know we’re going to wipe out. You’ve sent us strange links, hilarious games, and more fail videos than we can count.
Yet we’ve only detected a few bad links and viruses—you like risk, but you keep your car tuned up and don't pet strange dogs.
Everything in moderation — that’s your motto. You mountain bike but not down 90% grades. You windsurf but not when gales are blowing. But it’s not all action. You also like the laid-back pleasures of movies and dining out. You ask before petting someone’s pooch. And when you visit Pamplona, you stay away from the bulls.
So you’ve got some impressive stories, but nothing that will scare your children (too much).
When you rock climb you’re helmeted and harnessed. You never text while driving or walking. You keep sporting goods and electronics in tip-top shape and stop exertion before you pull a muscle or burn out a battery. And you read books (those things with paper pages).
It makes you a great role model, and we want our kids to hang with yours so they’ll stop running with scissors and using tablets without link protection and extra tall firewalls.
Wow! You’re going to live to be 100! We’d trust you with our kids, our homes, and our smartphones. You shun ATMs, reject public WiFi, and tape over the camera on your laptop. You’re the one we call when we need advice on security for PCs, gaming rigs, smartphones, smart meters, smart cars, and smart everything else.
Having said all that, it wouldn’t hurt to loosen up a bit. But please check our job postings. We are always looking for people as dedicated to being safe as we are.
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