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Do you turn to your PC to relax, unwind, or just let off some steam? We all need a little diversion from time to time to escape from our daily routines; many of us find it through online entertainment, including games and role-playing in virtual worlds.

This issue of LN focuses on security and online gaming. Find out how fraud, theft and malware are entering these sites, and if the games that you or others play on your computer may be putting you in harm's way.

We're also bringing you an exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming Lavasoft product designed specifically for online gamers and Internet media and entertainment fans. Keep reading for the news!

Best regards,
Erin Earley
Editor, Lavasoft News

Security and Online Gaming
Why the online games industry is booming - and how cyber thieves are cashing in.

The Tops Threats to Online Gamers
Lavasoft Malware Labs reports on the most common types of foul play found in online gaming.

Game On! How to Protect Yourself As You Play
A new version of Ad-Aware designed for online gamers and entertainment fans is coming soon. Plus, the 9 things that will keep you safe in online games and virtual worlds.

Important Notice for Anti-Virus Helix Customers

New Targets in Detection
Visit the Lavasoft Malware Labs blog to protect your privacy with new targets for June 2009.

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

Bad Behavior
This month's pick is a Trojan that centers its bad behavior on one main aim: stealing from World of Warcraft gamers.

Learn more about PlayWithPictures
Just how big is the online gaming industry? One Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game alone, World of Warcraft, has over 11 million active users. That's more users than the entire population of Sweden - the home of Lavasoft's headquarters.

Last month, we told you about the security highlights of the new Google Chrome browser. This month, we have the scoop on a Lavasoft partnership with Google that will give you the option to add an extra layer of protection to your online experience. Read more.
“Online gaming has become a massive industry over the last decade. With so many users and so much money involved, malware writers have the perfect opportunity to cash in on online games and virtual worlds.”

- Albin Bodahl, malware analyst at Lavasoft Malware Labs
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