InboxAlarm / Tripwi.re – Email Security and Sleuthing

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inboxalarm-logoHow secure do you think your email is?  Is your email important enough to you that you worry about its security and threats of hacking?  If your email is your lifeline to business, you undoubtedly have some worries about its security.

Tripwi.re, now known as InboxAlarm.com, is a startup that focuses on only one thing: email security.  Their specialty is the baiting method known as the “honey pot.”

The method is simple and effective.  An email is sent, from your account and through InboxAlarm, which has sensitive-appearing information (usernames/passwords).  Since emails travel through several servers and even multiple countries to their destination, it’s possible that a hacker could take the bait somewhere along the line.

Often, emails like these are stored on “pass-through” servers that they might go by on their way to delivery.  These are then stored, sold, traded, or otherwise used to gain access to sensitive data or whole networks.  InboxAlarm watches for these attempts, since someone attacking your network emails is more likely to try to get the honey pot information first before coming after you.

Once the hacker makes the attempt, InboxAlarm captures their attempt, blocks their entry, and attempts to reverse the breakin to find the IP address and location of the intruder.

Account protection starts at $19/year, which includes no frills or reverse locaters.  $29/year ups that to three email accounts protected and the reverse lookups and $200/year protects ten email accounts with reverse lookups.

For good peace of mind for the individual or small business that lacks a dedicated IT staff and secure servers, this is a good solution.  Those who use the service, by and large, appear to like it and find it worth the money spent.  What’s your view?  Let us know in the comments below.


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