Say it with flowers this Valentine's Day, says Sophos Anti-Virus

February 07, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is urging computer users to remain vigilant against the threat of viruses during the run up to Valentine's Day. Exchanging electronic Valentine's cards and downloading romance-themed programs from the internet increases the risk of spreading viruses. Love-struck computer users opening these 'e-cards' may find that they will be hit by more than just cupid's arrow.

"If someone sends you a Valentine's e-card, at best they're an unromantic cheapskate, at worst they're sending you a virus. Either way, you should probably consider ditching them," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos Anti-Virus. "We advocate the old-fashioned approach - flowers, chocolates or a romantic meal for two. These gestures are much more seductive and don't carry any risk of infection."

To reduce the threat of viruses all year round, Sophos is advising all computer users to practice 'Safe Hex': the combination of up-to-date anti-virus software and a few safe computing guidelines which are both free and simple to implement.

Sophos's safe computing guidelines can be found here.