February 14th is fast approaching bringing with it mixed emotions as always. If you’re the romantic type and have someone to celebrate with I’m sure you have prepped for Sundays events and are anxiously anticipating the festivities. If you’re single you are most likely anxiously dreading the day everyone else’s happiness is rubbed in your face. Whatever side of the fence you’re on there is definitely reason for anxiety.
Valentine’s Day scams will be back in full force from bargains and cards to WhatsApp emoticons. Here is our list of things to look for to keep yourself free from cyberattacks.
Valentine’s Day Bargains
Many stores will have special offers the next few days, and many of these offers will be completely legitimate, however it’s important to be aware of those offers that seem too good to be true. Cybercriminals will often use these offers, such as an iPhone 6 for just R2 000, to entice customers into taking the offer, allowing the hacker to access their accounts or personal information. So remember, if it seems too good to be true its most likely is.
Nearly everyone is keen to get new emoticons for WhatsApp, and a few Valentine’s Day themed emoticons are almost too good to pass up on. Keep in mind that cybercriminals could take advantage of this and offer just that. To keep yourself safe from their efforts make sure you only download new emoticons from official App stores.
You will most likely receive a few Valentine’s Day wishes via email, cute little digital cards sending us love from friends and admirers. As always it’s important to be aware of what email attachments you receive and where they have come from. To avoid becoming a victim of a malware attack don’t open attachments or click on links that have come from an unknown source. This goes for Valentine’s Day related SPAM too, if it comes with attachments it could likely be malware, so to be safe rather delete the mail.
Phishing attacks are nothing new and cybercriminals are using the Valentine’s Day hype to launch their attacks. Using special offers of romantic getaways, cybercriminals attempt to obtain access to your personal data by requiring your login details for Facebook or Twitter. The best way to steer clear of these attacks is to never give out your personal login details over the internet.
Wishing you a happy and safe Valentine’s Day.