It has never been easier to shower someone with love on Valentine’s Day. Did you forget to send something? The Internet can instantly fill the void with last minute delivery of sweets, flowers, jewelry, e-cards, Viagra, and more. But don’t be so quick to click.

A little relevant background: Valentine’s Day has not always been all sweetness, hearts and flowers. According to an NPR story about “The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day,” it began in ancient Rome as a bloody, pagan fertility ritual. Then, in the third century A.D., two men by the name of Valentine were executed by the Emperor Claudius ll. The Catholic Church honored their martyrdom by naming the day for them.

Today, Valentine’s Day still has its dark side. Executables of a different kind are cause for concern. Images of romantic love, rich chocolate filled hearts, animated cupids, and colorful spring flowers are what cyber criminals hide behind this time of year.

EdgeWave’s dedicated human shield, our iGuard team, has detected an increase in fraudulent activity by closely monitoring various categories of websites. Gene Toye, iGuard Team Leader, said: “In our most recent run of Valentine’s Day websites, we saw a nearly 10% increase of fraudulent/scam shopping sites offering replica items such as watches, jewelry and flowers along with Canadian pharmacies.”

Valentine’s Day is big business. According to market research firm IBIS World, sales increased in 2014 to $21.6 billion. At least 50% of purchases are made on the Internet. A panicky last-minute click on a bogus website can cost a company millions. EdgeWave’s iGuard Team can help prevent malicious content from appearing in the first place, providing an invisible shield against a poison arrow.

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