You do, and It’s Eightball. Just kidding.
During the next eight or nine days, you’re undoubtedly going to be receiving e-cards and videos from boyfriends and girlfriends you didn’t even know you had. All these girls and guys are really going to love you. A lot! Well, they’re really going to love you if you click the link to watch the video or read the e-card you. For if you do you’ll be loving them too. You’ll be loving them by allowing to install a bot, worm, trojan, or virus on your computer. These unknown lovers of yours will then use your computer to send more lovely e-cards and such to other lucky people who you don’t know but will say you love. Well you won’t really know you’re saying you love them, but the email you send them unwittingly will say you love them.
Yes indeed folks, it’s the season of love and if you fall for these scams you’ll be in the circle of love and you’ll go round and round and round. Not only is your computer a potential bot, it would be welcomed and loved by other computers which have been turned into bots. You’ll all be engaged in one big love fest known as a botnet. All you need is love!
No, you don’t need this kind of love, do you? Unfortunately, there are some lonely souls out there who will be so excited to see that somebody loves them that they’ll click a link in those kinds of emails and catch the equivalent of a cyber STD. Yes, yes, we know it’s pathetic and you just want to reach out to these poor lonely souls and hug them. It’s hard to believe they’re so desperate for love they’ll click a link in an email from Kim Jung Il or Vladimir Putin – or worse, Brittany Spears, to find the love their lonely hearts are seeking.
Anyway, you know the routine. Watch out for these kinds of emails. Protect yourself so even if you find yourself on the long end of too many glasses of wine or beer – or TC’s latest weakness – Bloody Marys – and click a link by accident, your automatic shields go up and save your besotted soul from your own foibles.
A. Keep your anti-virus software updated and make sure you have the latest version of your anti-virus program.
B. Keep your anti-spyware programs updated and make sure you have the latest versions of the programs
C. Use your common sense and think before you click. If you’re besotted, watch TV, go to sleep, or grab a muffin with butter. Don’t use your computer –or drive a car. 🙂
If you don’t have anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed, go stand in the corner for one hour and thirty-seven minutes or until Eightball says your punishment is over. And NO TALKING or PEEKING while you’re in the corner. Actually, if you have no anti-virus or anti-spyware software installed, you need help.