Valentine’s Day is February 14. Traditionally it’s the one day of the year when people express their love for each other by sending flowers, candies and love notes. But we’re not here to talk about love and candy and flowers… we’re here to talk about how hackers use holidays like this to compromise your security.
Hackers and other thieves are looking to prey on those they perceive are weak – the lonely hearts. They set up elaborate fake social media profiles, with attractive photos using stock photography to swoon and lure their victims into thinking that they are a sincere love interest. The bad guys can get you talking and learn all sorts of things about you without you ever speaking a word or meeting face-to-face. All with the purpose of exploiting the information you have.
So the next time you get that friend request on Facebook or connection request on Linkedin, you might think twice about accepting it unless you actually know the person. Don’t be a sucker this Valentine’s Day – or any day. Hackers are counting on it.
Download our “Don’t Be a Sucker” Security Awareness Poster at halock.com and let your co-workers know too!