Lavasoft News - November 2007

computer security while shopping online November is here, and with it, the holiday shopping season sets into full swing with the start of the annual hunt to find just the right gifts for friends and family. Many of us will avoid the crowds by shopping from the privacy of our own PCs. While computer security may be far from the minds of busy shoppers, the bustle of the holiday shopping craze is all the more reason to stay secure and stay protected; more web commerce means more web scams. If you plan to kick off your online shopping this month, make sure to have up-to-date security software on your PC and to surf safely!

In this month's LN, find out how Lavasoft is working to keep you protected with updates to Ad-Aware, and how you can help yourself by learning to outsmart rogue security software. See what's happening in the industry with a look at the take down of a million dollar spyware op, and our monthly roundup of security news.

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News from Lavasoft

Bringing You a Better Ad-Aware
Lavasoft is working to update and adapt our software to address the needs of our worldwide consumers.

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Bypassing Bogus Security Software
How can you tell what's real and what's not when it comes to security software? Get practical tips from Lavasoft for faking out the fakes.

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FTC Brings Down Spyware Op
A scam that infected more than 15 million computers with spyware has ended with a U.S. federal government settlement that signifies a win for end users.

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Frequently Asked Questions About 'Storm Worm'
Network World

We've all heard of this infamous web nasty, but is Storm really a worm or something entirely different? Read Network World's Storm worm FAQ to find out.

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Security Shorts
Lavasoft News has compiled a list of "security shorts" - summaries of other online security stories making news around the world this past month.

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Spyware Newsbits

New Targets in Detection (October 2007)
Protect your privacy with a complete list of new targets for October 2007.

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Lavasoft Blog
If you want to go behind the walls of Lavasoft, hear what we are up to, what we are thinking and what is happening in the industry, the Lavasoft Company Blog is the place to go for regular, up-to-date information. Don’t miss our newly added weekly comic strip about everyday life at Lavasoft!

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Join the Lavasoft Team!
For years, computer users have consistently turned to Lavasoft to provide them with anti-spyware protection and security. Now, with nearly 300 million downloads of Ad-Aware, people throughout the world depend on us to ensure that their privacy is secure. Take a look at open positions at Lavasoft today.

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By the Numbers

Percentage of consumer PCs in the U.S. that are not protected (defined as having up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a correctly configured firewall)

Percentage of PC users who believe they are protected

Source: National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee Inc. study
Term of the Month
Rogue security software masquerades as a helpful security program, but uses malware or malicious tools to advertise or compel users to pay for the removal of non-existent spyware. Rogue software makers often use social engineering to trick consumers into buying their fraudulent anti-spyware or anti-virus products.

Tech Tips
You have anti-spyware, anti-virus, and a firewall, so your computer must be secure, right? Wrong. Unless this software is enabled, updated, and properly configured, you are not protected from online threats. According to a recent industry survey, consumers overestimate PC safety - see our "By the Numbers" section for the stats. Make sure to maintain your security software; check that your security applications are both enabled and configured correctly. Keep in mind, the security software that was included with your PC when you purchased it may be a trial version that will expire if you fail to buy a subscription.

Privacy Toolbox Lands Editor's Choice

Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox was selected as an Editorís Choice product by Military Embedded Systems magazine for its September/October 2007 issue.

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