Use protection (and common sense) this Valentine's Day

Cupid's arrow might have a little more sting than usual this year. Hackers are getting better and better at masking their intentions and taking advantage of people's desires, whether that's for love, friendship, or just something to read on Digg. Expect another flurry of fake Valentine's Day E-cards designed to lure people to malware sites where their systems can become infected with keyboard loggers to steal passwords and account information, or otherwise turned into a spam-serving 'bot. Another method of enticing victims to these sites is by placing fake 'valentines' underneath car windshield wipers with a url luring them to a dating site, or something similar.  The normal recommendations really just don't seem to work when the curiosity of the human heart is involved. There's not a virus scanning application in the world that can prevent that. The only real method of protection is for potential victims to utilize some common sense--don't accept E-cards from people you don't know, and don't think that a flyer stuffed under a windshield wiper somehow holds the key to finding love.

(anon) | ‎02-14-2009 02:10 AM

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