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 “[email protected]” 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!
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