Viruses Give Love a Bad Name

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 10, 9:00 am – The traditional wait for the postman is likely to be supplanted by the sound of incoming e-mail this Valentine’s Day. Instant messaging and e-cards have taken over from ‘snail mail’ as the preferred method of sending romantic greetings to somebody else.
But with Valentine’s Day almost upon us, KUA.net, the internet subsidiary of Kissimmee Utility Authority, is warning computer users about the dangers of recurring socially-engineered viruses that often accompany Valentine greetings.
“98% of computer virus infections occur via e-mail attachments, an increase from 87% in 2001,” said Jef Gray, KUA’s Vice President of Information Technology. “To protect our customers from these damaging viruses, KUA.net provides real-time virus scanning on all inbound and outbound e-mail.”
KUA.net urges computer users to keep antivirus software up to date and to scan all incoming e-mails, even if they have apparently been sent by someone the user knows.
At the same time, customers of KUA.net are expected to establish an all-time record for Internet usage on February 14 as they join millions of other Americans who will flock to the World Wide Web.
“The surge in e-commerce and the rising popularity of electronic greeting cards makes the Internet a convenient medium for expressing love and friendship,” said Gray.
According to recent online research conducted by KUA.net, 85 percent of Internet users surveyed plan to send electronic greeting cards this Valentine’s Day. This number is up from 77 percent who sent electronic Valentine’s Day cards in 2002. Flowers, chocolate, fragrances and jewelry are expected to top the list of those shopping online.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and internet customers in four Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116
cgent@kua.com