We're used to spammers and scammers using seasonal themes to get our attention, but security software developer Bitdefender has warned of Valentine apps that demand wider privileges than necessary for their overt functionality.
The concern is that such apps may be phoning home with information that most of us would consider confidential.
The company provided two specific examples, both of which are still available via Google Play (though we deliberately chose not to link to them):
Valentine's Day 2014 Wallpaper - requests access to location, phone calls, web bookmarks and history, and even contact lists. Bitdefender officials conceded "These permissions are most likely sought by the ad-placing network SDK" but it is hard to imagine how the developer or its advertising partner could justify that degree of intrusion.
"Some data should never be shared even with people you know, let alone with those you don't know. It's unlikely a stranger is working over the internet in your best interests," said Bitdefender spokesperson Loredana Botezatu.
She also noted a recent increase in Valentine's Day related scams directed at PC users.
"Fake diamond rings, flower arrangement deals, chocolate boxes and other online Valentine's Day specials just might grab your online identity instead of your heart this year, turning your PC into a zombie in a botnet or steal credit card details."