Viruses to Watch for This Valentine’s Day

Who would have thought that Valentine’s Day would be such a popular holiday for Cyber Attacks? Unfortunately, Cupid’s arrow wont be able to protect you against these threats. Whether it’s a phishing scam, malware attack, or phony advertisements, who wants to spend Valentine’s Day worrying about cybersecurity?

Follow these tips and tricks, so you can focus on your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day is a holiday for love, and phishing…

Did you receive a juicy discount offer in your email inbox? While it can be tempting to take advantage of targeted discount ads, there are a few steps you can take to verify if the offer is legitimate, or a cause for heartbreak.

1. Is the advertisement coming from a certified source, or seller?

Make sure the sender of the email is legitimate. You can check this by clicking on the email address, or name of the sender. Is the email address a string of random letters and numbers, or a misspelled company name? Ignore it! The links in the email may expose you to malicious pop ups, or reel you into a phishing scam.

2. Are you checking out on a secure site?

Purchasing a gift online for your Valentine? Before inputting any personal banking information, make sure you are on a secure site! You can check this by looking for that handy lock icon at the beginning of the URL. Purchasing on an insecure website could expose your personal information. Love may be blind, but hackers certainly are not, and they will look for your personal data whenever possible.

Along with checking out on secure sites, make sure you block hackers at the source by protecting your WiFi connection with a VPN!
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3. Does that discount seem too good to be true?

It probably is. Protect yourself from scams by only purchasing from sites that are familiar to you. Do some digging! See a pop-up ad for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Make note of the company name, and do a little research. Read customer reviews and determine if the site is trusty-worthy. Google is your friend for this reason!

Breakup With Viruses by Using an Antivirus

No one wants to worry about cybersecurity, so why not let an antivirus software do the work for you? An antivirus will give you 24/7 protection, so you can focus on what’s important.

You can accidentally download a virus by visiting an untrustworthy website, clicking on a shady link, or downloading something from the internet. Protect yourself with McAfee Total Protection! McAfee provides premium antivirus, identity and privacy protection for 5 PCs, Macs, smartphones, or tablets—all in one subscription, so you can protect you and your loved ones.

Check out our article on the notorious “ILOVEYOU” virus, which currently holds the Guinness World Record for “most virulent virus of all time”, causing nearly $15 billion in damages!

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Get struck by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s day, not a virus! Protect yourself and your loved ones, and celebrate this holiday with peace of mind.

What steps are you taking to protect yourself against viruses and scams this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! Happy Valentine’s Day FixMeFans!

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Our team celebrating Valentine’s Day in our office a couple years ago!