Friday, February 14, 2014

All Valentine's Trheats: #SaintSecuretine

"Self-love is a part of love just as self-interest is a part of friendship." You better keep in mind what the French writer of the nineteenth century George Sand said, because today, February 14th, you may find a lot of self-love and many (not very legitimate) self-interests on the Internet. Let’s take it into consideration to have a happy 'Securentines'.
140214 PRISometimes both maths and love are capricious. For example, a recurrent post today would be titled "5 threats on Valentine’s Day" (or something similar). However, they are not always the same 5 threats, but anyone highlights the ones he believes are most appropriate. So in an attempt to concentrate all this "experience of risk", we will mention it below. Take pen and paper (or finger and screen):

- A recurrent threat is the infected or false love postcards. It is a suitable date to receive any of them through any channel. For instance, by email or as an invitation to click somewhere. No matter how it looks, despite the spectacularness and suggestiveness of the proposal, if you did not request it, if it does not come from any of your contacts, if you do not expect it... what the hell are you doing? Do not click!

- Speaking of hell, Facebook’s devils come out like mushrooms on a day like today: poems, love letters, tests and messages everywhere in the "social media". Their goal will be that you download malware or buy on unsecure places. Think twice before you open messages with generic or "special" Facebook cards for Valentine's Day. They are not for you (so sorry if you were excited).

- Facebook? Watch out for malicious apps. They are not only on the Zuckerberg’s social network, but it’s there where they show off. And once you click on them they become a nightmare for you. Do you really have so much love to give that you have to give it on every click?

- And remember, neither Melissa nor anyone has an erotic video waiting for you to see it. Although it is February 14. Although it is told by a friend.

- Does your anti-spam filter work properly? Hopefully, because otherwise your inbox will be a festival of offers to buy chocolate, roses, jewelry or any "romantic" gift today. It turns out that almost none of these companies have previously done business with you. Isn’t it a bit suspicious?

- It is not only that spam. Loving spam also seek you to be its target. The process is simple: to take you to a webpage where you will download a fake antivirus which is actually ransomware. Let alone either of those James Bond titles (From Russia with Love), seeking to leave your credit card shattered.

- Besides, no one cares about your broken-heart. And nobody will propose you the solution to get out of that sadness.

- In addition, roday more than ever be careful with the exact address of the URLs you visit. If someone tells you to go to Twitter, first confirm that it is nothing like Twittter, Tweeter or Twittre. Otherwise you could live an unpleasant experience.

- If after all you can not avoid the temptation and need to show your digital love desperately, mind the Google Gotchas. Visit pages you trust (behold the importance of browser’s history), and not the first link your web browser suggested you... that maybe is not exactly what you wanted.

- Some offers are for grandiloquent loves: visits to famous mansions, idyllic cruises, paradise vacation or other succulent temptation. Well. Relax. Keep calm. Are they really for you? Really? Today?

- The list of scam products does not end, but among all we pick the two most curious ones: substances or gadgets for the day of love so your most carnal mechanisms will not fail; fake flowers that never reach their destination, and besides the seller keeps your credentials.

- Finally, if your antivirus has not "sung" even once in the whole day, after spending a few hours as Angel of Love on the Internet, you do suspect: something is not going quite right.

And although none of those "experiences of risk" is as comprehensive as ours :-P here you have a few listings of the currently ones circulating the web.

Feb 14 » Five most common cyberattacks #SaintSecurentine (ES)

Feb 14 » Five scams to avoid #SaintSecurentine (EN)

Feb 14 » Five heartbreakers you must avoid #SaintSecurentine (EN)

Feb 14 » Don't let them break your heart! #SaintSecurentine by @_angelucho_ (ES)

Feb 14 » Be careful with #SaintValentine's scams #SanSegurentín (EN)

Feb 14 » Spread #Valentine's love, not its malware #SaintSecurentine (EN)

Feb 14 » Curious gifts (and secure tips) for #Valentine's #SaintSecurentine (ES)


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