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On-line Dating Security Tips for Valentine

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Additional e-threats that are most likely to exploit
Valentine’s Day are:

  • graffiti and other types of spam distributed via walls,
    channels and other social network individual or community pages, accompanied by
    shortened URLs directing users towards Web sites that spread malware, such as
    Trojans, rogue antivirus, key loggers, etc.
  • e-mail spam exploiting Valentine’s Day for advertising
    goods and services

 

Vday threats

 

Valentine's day threats

  • e-mail attachments attempting to deliver different breeds
    of malware under the innocent cover of a short funny movie (which requires a
    special codec to be played), slide show or e-card.

 

Valentine's day

 

Other tips for keeping computers and personal information
safe:

  • Do not open e-mails from unknown or distrusted sources.
    Many viruses spread via e-mail messages so ask for a confirmation from the
    sender if you are in any doubt.
  • Do not open the attachments of messages with suspicious or
    unexpected subject lines. If you want to open them, first save them to your
    hard disk and scan them with an updated antivirus program.
  • Delete any chain e-mails or unwanted messages. Do not
    forward them or reply to their senders. These kinds of messages are considered
    spam, because they are undesired and unsolicited and they can overload the
    Internet traffic.
  • Update your system and applications as often as possible.
    Some operating systems and applications can be set to update automatically.
    Make full use of this feature. Failure to patch your system often enough may
    leave it vulnerable to threats for which fixes already exist.
  • Do not copy any file if you don’t know or don’t trust its
    source. Check the source of files you download and make sure that an antimalware
    program has already verified the files at their source.

BitDefender also recommends (aside from not clicking spam
links) the use of an integrated
security solution
, one that includes antimalware, antispam and firewall, as
well as advanced features, such as Web filtering and Identity Protection.

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.