As one of the most popular seasons of the year, Valentine’s Day has spiked some impressive numbers. According to an infographic by Radian6, there was an influx of social media conversations about the event, and as of February 12, there were 8,297,748 mentions about commemorating it with their lovers, or cheers to singlehood and friendship. If we break it down by daily average, there are 27,453 conversations a day.
The infographic also details the most generic activities that lovers did for V-day. The majority chose to stay in with 38.5 percent, followed by going to movies and going out to eat at 25.8 and 17.0 respectively. Males are also said to express negative sentiments during holiday season compared to women with a ratio of 71 percent to 29 percent. But that’s not even very surprising considering that among the surveyed demographic, 21,489 people said they hate Valentines compared to the 5,468 people who said they love it. Cards, chocolates and flowers are the most customary gifts during the event.
NYC was hailed the city that tweets the most about Valentine’s Day, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago. “My baby,” “my love” and “my girl” were the most common pet names used when expressing “my significant other.”
E-card scams spread viruses on V-Day
While love and tweets were in the air, e-card scams also plagued the web. After all, V-day’s the largest holiday for giving greeting cards, next to Christmas. Now. how do you tell if these e-cards are safe to open, and how can you tell which links are safe? Here’s an infographic by Zone Alarm that’ll give you the answers.
E-card scams come in many flavors such as phishing scams, spam, spyware installer and computer virus. The most common e-card hazards were said to be dormant viruses, attachment attacks, phony friends, and social media malware which can access your address book, steal your info or both. So how do you tell if a card is fake? First, the words or names are often misspelled. Second, the sender isn’t one of your friends. Third, you are led to 404 errors in the message or URL after clicking a link. Lastly and most obviously, the sender’s name is a mastermix of gibberish like JRE 345$.
Don’t open suspicious e-cards to avoid the drag, nor should you randomly click social network links unless you’re sure they are from reliable sources. Read the fine print to ensure they’re not asking for personal info or access to your address book. As much as possible, install a two-way firewall and an antivirus software that’s constantly updated to protect you from such debauchery.
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