December is here, and from all of us at Lavasoft, we wish you happy holidays, filled with friends, family, festivities, and, of course, secure computing during a time of year when threats are in high gear.

As you can see, Lavasoft News is getting a head start on the New Year and new beginnings by entering December with a fresh newsletter design, updated to give you an easier read of our security news.

This month, don’t miss our advice on getting your PC security know-how in shape before giving out any personal or financial information. We’d also like to call your attention to our new “Research Roundup” segment where you’ll find the latest news on current threats trying to jeopardize your security.

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Tis the Season…For Extra PC Security
Be prepared before you reach for your credit card or give out personal information online.

Dave Nelson Joins the Lavasoft Team
A dedicated malware analyst has joined our ranks in fighting the spyware battle.

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.

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

Threat Check
Find out which threats have been creating the most buzz among Ad-Aware users this past month.

Bad Behavior
There are many online nasties to choose from when it comes to behaving badly. Read about our pick for December – Vundo – so you’re prepared to handle the worst of the worst.

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65Percentage of Lavasoft website visitors who are very worried about online threats and scams during the holiday shopping season, according to a Lavasoft Ballot Box Poll.

Personally identifiable information (PII) is any personal data concerning an individual that is capable of uniquely identifying a particular person. The collection, use or disclosure of PII is something the individual typically wants to control; this private data can potentially be exploited by criminals for identity theft.
Source: Anti-Spyware Coalition and

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Darren (Glasgow, Scotland)

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