Valentine's Day, PC and smartphone under hacker attack.

How to defend yourself and navigate safely

It will also be true, as Biagio Antonacci said at Sanremo 2018, that it would be necessary to put textbooks and hearts aside and go back to talking to the people you love, take walks with them and spend time together. The fact is, however, that smartphones and PCs play an increasingly important part in our daily lives, including love life. And if, in some ways, the couple's bond can also be strengthened by this continuous exchange of messages and virtual effusions, there is to consider that our online activity can facilitate the task of hackers ready to take possession of your data.

A danger that grows exponentially with the approach of Valentine's Day. Thanks to the desire to better organize the most romantic day of the year, our level of attention goes down and we leave the field open to cybercriminals interested in stealing credit card data, credentials to access social media and any other type of information useful to their illegal purposes.

Fortunately, however, defending against hacker attacks is not as complex as it may seem. Just pay attention to the sites you visit and the emails or messages you receive. And where we do not arrive, GData software solutions arrive. But let's proceed in order and see what are the most dangerous computer threats on Valentine's Day.

Never click on suspicious links

It may seem strange, but if you want to start surfing safely, you will have to start doubting. If you avoid trusting anyone who tries to approach you, you will be able to protect photos, messages and other information from digital criminals who pretend to be your friend or, with Valentine's Day approaching, for your secret admirer.

If someone ever sends you a WhatsApp message or an e-mail message asking you to open a link, don't do it. Even if he were to tell you that by doing so, you will be able to read the love letter he wrote to you for Valentine's Day. It is very likely, in fact, that a malware is hidden behind the link, ready to infect your PC or smartphone and thus have free access to your data.

To further reduce the risk of infection, make sure you have installed an antivirus that guarantees maximum protection of all your electronic devices (and the data that is inside them, of course). G DATA Internet Security, for example, can defend both your computer and your Android smartphone from any type of malware and attempted hacker attack. And if you buy it from 9 to 16 February using the SV2018 code you will pay only half of it.

Attention to social media

The Valentine's Day greeting card that runs between all your Facebook and WhatsApp contacts may not even be what it seems. Behind that viral image there may be a trap designed by a cyber criminal to steal your data or infect your device with malware. Whether you come from Facebook, Instagram or any instant messaging app, don't open the image or share it with your contacts: you would just risk becoming a link in a very long chain.

Watch out for QR codes

The QR codes (those squares filled with dots with other squares at the ends) are very comfortable as they can act as "visual" links and quickly direct you to a web page or a social profile. Just take a picture with your smartphone and you're done. Like all other links, however, they can also lead to malicious resources, such as viruses or pages designed to steal your Facebook or Instagram access data.

In short, the advice given initially is valid: doubt, doubt, doubt. And, if you haven't already done so, install an Android antivirus that further increases the security level of the device. G DATA Mobile Internet Security, for example, protects your smartphone from malware of all kinds, both known and unknown. And for Valentine's Day it is on offer: by entering the code SV2018 you will pay half.

In collaboration with G DATA

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