Matchmaking is big business, especially around Valentine’s Day.

Crafty writers write friendly emails from supposedly single women looking for love. Then, scammers ask you to send money or click on a link to infect your machine with spam, or worse, ransomware.

A recent FireEye study found that 1 in every 101 emails is malicious.

How can you protect yourself?

The Office of the Attorney General of the State of California provides these tips, which include:

  • keeping your devices updated with the latest upgrades,
  • installing antivirus/antispyware software,
  • using strong passwords, and
  • watching your clicks and what you share.

Just like with dating, be wary of those you meet in cyberspace. One bad apple can ruin your Valentine’s Day and beyond.


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