MARCH 2009

During times of economic hardship, crime has an increased opportunity to thrive. Cyber criminals, just like their counterparts in the real world, are taking advantage of global economic confusion and fears to profit from anyone and everyone who will fall for their traps - and, with the sophistication and prevalence of their ploys, playing into their hands is easier than you might think.

Learn why malware is thriving and what current traps are being set, so you'll be better prepared to handle the bad behavior you may encounter online. Keep reading to get the knowledge you need to ensure you don't become the next victim of the cyber crime wave.

Best regards,
Erin Earley
Editor, Lavasoft News

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By The Numbers
During November 2008 through January 2009, Lavasoft malware analysts saw a 169% increase in the amount of malware added to Ad-Aware’s Detection Database, compared to the three preceding months.
Tips & Tactics
What exactly is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and why should you be concerned about it? Learn more about this new classification category for certain applications that Ad-Aware detects on your PC – so you can make a more informed decision on how to deal with potential threats.
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