Some Valentine's Day dos and don'ts

February 13, 2009 7:14:06 PM PST
Tips that can really make your Valentine's Day happy this year.

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Your secret admirer just sent you an electronic Valentine's Day card, and you can't wait to open it. But think twice before you click on that link.

An Internet Valentine's Day greeting may look lovely and loving -- but it's not.

"You click on it thinking it's a message from a loved one, or a mystery date or that sort of thing and the next thing you know your computer is infected," said Michael Greene from PC Tools.

Greene says cyber thieves went to all this work so they can sneak their malicious software on to your computer.

"It's a lonely time of year. People are eager to find who is interested, we are coming into spring," said Greene. "It is a prime time when people expect to get something in the mail and want to do something neat and want to have some fun and they let their defenses down."

So, don't open an email, unless you know who sent it. So much for secret admirers.

Now for the Valentine's Day 'do.'

Scott Jampol is with the online restaurant reservation Web site opentable.com at Albona restaurant in North Beach.

"We have a list of 800 restaurants in San Francisco that have availability for Valentine's day many of which still do have availability," said Jampol.

You would expect him to say that, but watch as he pushes it further saying a recent study by open table shows sweethearts would rather get dinner than a gift.

"Eighty percent of the respondents to our survey say they actually prefer a nice meal out with their spouse rather than a gift for Valentine's Day," said Jampol.

Really? We had to put that to the test and went over to Simayoff's Jewelers and talked to those walking by.

"Is that true?" said one shopper.

"I'm asking you," said 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney.

"I say it's true, why not?" she said.

"I would rather go eat," said another shopper.

"Would you really?" said Finney.

"Yes," said

We found this couple window shopping then walking down the street hand in hand. What do these romantics say?

"No, I'd rather get a gift. I say what type of gift," said the couple.

Of the people we spoke to, it turned out 50-50.

Related Links:

  • www.pctools.com
  • opentable.com

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