I hope you all enjoyed Valentine’s Day! After reading the previous post, I hope that you all included a note to your beloved in that box of chocolates in which you announced that you’ve changed your shared gmail password. 🙂 Here are a couple of articles that came out recently that highlight the fact that feelings and security often don’t mix.

In Broken hearts put holes in wallets – the author stresses that “[f]raudsters know that trust is the key to profiting from love”. The bad guys know that people are very likely to share private info including passwords and other data once a ‘relationship’ is built. It’s a game that takes time, but the bad guys have all the time it takes to use social networks to build a sense of trust and then to get your data. (I picture the bad guys sitting at computers with all sorts of chats going on simultaneously like the guys in the park who play several games of chess at once with the punch clock.) Make it your policy to not share your personal data with anyone and you’ll be much safer.

Black hat hackers on demand is scarier. Here we find out just how easy it is for someone you know to pay someone to do the dirty work: your ‘ex‘ pays a few bucks and soon you receive an invitation where you have to enter your password yourself. They pay the money and get your password and access information. Here’s where your diligence comes into play. It takes discipline, but it’s up to you to make sure that before you click on anything or enter your access data anywhere that you know who it’s from. The bad guys in this scenario pretend to be someone you know. This makes it harder to resist the immediate click, but it’s worth waiting a few minutes to confirm who sent it. So much for instant gratification… but you’ll be safer for it!

Peter L