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October has arrived, and that means we’ve transitioned to autumn here at Lavasoft’s Gothenburg headquarters. As quickly as the seasons change, so do the threats to your online security. In this issue, we’re bringing you the news you need to stay aware of the tricks that scammers are bound to pull this fall.

One thing that you can count on to remain a constant is the need to secure your PC with comprehensive protection – that includes anti-virus and anti-spyware, plus a firewall. Yet, industry studies show that many of us don’t understand firewalls or even if we have them in place on our computers. Read on to learn more about this online security must-have for this season and beyond.

Best regards,
Erin Earley
Editor, Lavasoft News

A special note to our readers:
Thank you to all those waiting patiently for news on our upcoming Ad-Aware release. Stay tuned in October for the new version. You’ll see power-packed improvements to our anti-malware technology, new easy-to-use features, fresh community-driven initiatives, and more!

Your Fall Online Security Guide
Stay safe this autumn with our best tips for beating the season’s top online tricks.

What Is a Firewall and Why Do You Need One?
Don’t overlook this online security must-have.

Spooky Security Shorts
In honor of Halloween season and all things scary, we’ve compiled a roundup of ‘spooky’ online trends and news from around the world this past month.

Seasonal Sale Buy Now

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

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

Bad Behavior
A new eco-friendly inspired rogue security product, Green AV, tries to trick you into thinking it will not only guard your PC, but the “whole Earth – our home planet” too!

Seasonal Sale Buy Now
Only 4% of Americans say they understand firewalls “completely”, while more than 44% don‘t understand firewalls at all – or know if they have one enabled on their PC.

Source: NCSA Cyber Security study
In response to the cyber crime and cyber justice update in last month’s newsletter, one of your fellow readers shares with us his own tactic for reporting e-mail scams. Read more.
“For those who‘ve already used Ad-Aware, it should be clear that Lavasoft is a reliable company that brings out quality products. Their Firewall software doesn‘t deviate from the norm of excellence.”

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