The release of Ad-Aware 2007 has ushered in widespread acclaim for Lavasoft's all-new anti-spyware, from editorial reviews to customer feedback. What better time to bring you news on Lavasoft, the company that put anti-spyware on the map? Read our Lavasoft profile article for a look at the evolution of spyware, and how Ad-Aware has come to be one of its greatest foes.
Along with having the latest in our line of anti-spyware products, we cannot stress enough the importance of user awareness in order to stay out of spyware's way. Personal computer safety begins with you; a little caution really can go a long way in terms of protecting your privacy and security. In this issue of LN, you will find helpful tips on avoiding spyware, and specific guidelines for younger Web users. Also in this issue - you may have heard about the posse of spyware bills that have been making their way through the U.S. Congress, but this month read about how the European Union is stepping up its cyber crime effort.
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Lavasoft: A Profile of "the Original Anti-Spyware Company"
Real Solutions for Battling Spyware
Shaping the Next Generation of Cyber Citizens
EU Urges Coordinated Effort Against Cyber Crime
Amero Case Sparks Spyware Awareness PC World
New Targets in Detection (June 2007)
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By the end of 2008, there will be more than one billion personal computers in use worldwide. Forrester Research Inc. predicts that the number of PCs in use will more than double by 2015. It took 27 years to reach the billion-PC mark, but it will take only five years to reach the next billion, due to advanced technology, lower prices, and emerging technology-aware populations.
Source: Forrester's "Worldwide PC Adoption Forecast to 2015"
Term of the Month
An End User License Agreement, or EULA, is a software license agreement that indicates the terms for an end user to utilize certain software. That fine-print legal jargon that makes you want to check the box next to, "Yes, I have read and accept these terms," without fully reading the text, is an official agreement between you and a software vendor.
It is important to read all EULAs and privacy statements carefully before installing new software. If the EULA is hard to find or difficult to understand, reconsider installing the software. You should never install software without knowing exactly what it is. By not fully reading the EULA, you may agree to questionable activities by the software vendor, and even to installing spyware and adware on your computer. The Zlob/Smitfraud Trojan (fake codecs most notably) actually DOES include proper disclosure of what will be downloaded to your PC. Take the time to read EULAs carefully!
WiredSafety.org is the world's largest online safety, education and help group. Adults can visit the site for information on safely navigating the World Wide Web, and there are also specialty directories designed for kids. While it originally formed to help and protect Internet users of all ages, Wiredsafety.org's work has become increasingly dedicated to children, tweens, and teens.