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This article was published on October 12, 2013


John McAfee doesn’t open links in emails until he’s phoned the sender to verify them

John McAfee doesn’t open links in emails until he’s phoned the sender to verify them
Jon Russell
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

mcafeeDespite founding McAfee, the Intel-owned anti-virus company, John McAfee says he doesn’t use any software protection, including McAfee products.

In fact, his approach to the Internet is so cautious that he says he doesn’t open links in emails until he’s called the sender to personally verify them. We’re guessing he will only phone people he knows, and not Nigerian phishing scammers or the rest of us — sadly.

These details come from an interesting BBC profile on the eccentric billionaire, which, of course, includes his controversial spell in South America — where he was almost killed when his 16-year-old girlfriend shot at him and his neighbor died under suspicious circumstances.

➤ John McAfee: Addict, coder, runaway [BBC]

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