Spread Love not Viruses



The title may be misleading. This post is about computer viruses.

In some parts of the world, people are already celebrating Valentine’s Day. During this special day, married couples and sweethearts are not the only ones who are busy. Spammers and malicious programmers are also busy spreading spam emails, viruses and trojans.

Remember the famous “I Love You” virus? I’m sure you do, especially Filipinos. This is because the one who created this virus was a young Filipino student in one of the popular computer schools in the Philippines. Then there was also “W32.Yaha.K@mm” which was known as the Valentine’s Day virus. These and other types of virus spread during this time of the year.

Spammers try to lure you and me to open emails with subject lines offering free stuff like jewelry, chocolate, and lingerie. Security experts are advising people to be careful in opening Valentine-themed emails or e-cards (electronic greeting cards) or not to open any suspicious looking emails from someone you don’t know especially if it has a file attached to it.

Even with the use of security software like antivirus, antispam softwares and firewalls, spam, spyware, viruses and trojans still spread because of the lack of knowledge of users. Some people think that the presence of these security software is enough. Most of the time they forget or neglect to update it and that makes it useless. Also, what software salespeople won’t tell you is that these security software only filter 60% of viruses.

So for your safety and others too, let’s all be careful and spread love instead of spreading viruses on Valentine’s Day!

Btw, I just realized that the title could be misleading and could have a double meaning. Get it? Anyways, both mean well.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Don’t forget that Feb 14th is the first day for submitting nominations to the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards.


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11 Comments

  1. Jaypee

    February 16, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    @Army – Why do you guys hate V-day? Just coz you're single and don't have a date doesn't mean you can't be happy or have fun, right? Just like I said earlier, you can spend the day with your family or friends.

    As a nurse then maybe you can spend your V-day visiting and talking to your patients who are alone or lonely.

    Belated V-day to you too! Thanks for dropping by. :)

    @dimaks – Hahaha..that's why! :D

  2. dimaks

    February 16, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    No, and i think they wont, naks! because they know im married :)

  3. Army

    February 16, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    I second to that… I also hate valentines day (as well as virus–> computer for that matter)…

    maybe because I haven’t found my valentina yet… such a very lonely day for one who has a lonely heart…

    I always succeed in healing the pathological ailments of other people (oh im a nurse… did I say that out loud?), but I can’t seem to heal my own heart…

    shucks… anyhow, belated happy valentines day peeps!

  4. Jaypee

    February 15, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    @dimaks – Really? That is weird. But again, it’s their culture and it’s something we don’t have in our although it would be nice to experience it too, right? Just for the sake of getting to feel how it’s like. So did you receive any chocolates yesterday? Hehe :D

  5. dimaks

    February 15, 2007 at 5:56 AM

    its weird here.. on Vday, japanese girl will give chocolates to the guy she like – signifying she likes him. then on march 14, the guy will give chocolates too, signifying he likes the girl too. after that, they are bf and gf :D ayos no?

  6. Jaypee

    February 14, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    @verns – Hehe..I didn’t think of that.

    Why do you hate V day? You can have fun and enjoy with your family and friends. :)

    @dimaks – I knew someone would say the title was misleading. Hehe..How do they celebrate V-day in Japan?

    @gbert – Slight lang kuno! Hehe..just kidding

    We’re just gonna stay home and have our date with baby Matthew this time. :)

    @Ivan – As long as people get paid or earn from spamming and other stuff, this is not gonna end and that’s a fact. Thanks for dropping by. :)

    @jhay – I hope I’m wrong but I think that day won’t be coming soon. :(

  7. jhay

    February 14, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Yup, to hell with spammers. I long for the day spam will simply stop.

  8. Ivan About Town

    February 14, 2007 at 5:47 AM

    I hope all those who send spam, spyware, viruses and trojans will just quit it. My e-mail is always full of all these products.

  9. gbert

    February 14, 2007 at 3:09 AM

    baskog tuod nga title, nanotice ko guid sugod pa lang, not that higko akon pensar, slight lang…wahehehe happy valentines da sa inyo sang wife mo.. and this time mag date kmo may guardya kamu nga baby matthew? :)

  10. verns

    February 14, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    indeed Jaypee! Maybe you can add something like “…so use Trust…” just messing my friend :)

    Anyway Happy Vday to you too! Oh I hate valentines day..ugh! hehehe

  11. dimaks

    February 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Greetings too Jaypee.. yeah quiet misleading but the following text says the real intention.

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