Leap Year

by Wolfa on February 29th, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Evils of the Web

by Erin on February 28th, 2008 in Industry and Security News.

Google may pledge to do no evil, but the same is not true of the World Wide Web. According to the search giant, web browsing and online searches are growing more risky.

In a new technical report available this month, Google outlines the frequency of drive-by downloads on the Internet. A few of the interesting points in the analysis, which is currently under peer review, include the following:

  • More than 3 million unique URLs on more than 180,000 sites automatically install malware on visitors PCs.

If you follow security news, you're bound to have seen reports the past weeks on the recent sub-sea cable breakages that disrupted Internet services in South Asia and the Middle East.

Wondering exactly how the Web is connected together around the world? Take a look at how we cable the seas to stay connected in a new article in our Spyware Education Center.


That Is the Question

by Wolfa on February 22nd, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

That Is the Question

Guest writer: Mattias (We love your questions Mark!)


Todays crime and punishment security news: police in Canada have busted a hacker ring that is believed to have run a botnet of up to one million zombie PCs, involving 100 countries around the globe.


Identity theft is a big business. This was confirmed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commissions annual report, Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data, which shows fraud complaints that consumers have filed with the agency over the past year. Again this year, identity theft tops the list of all fraud complaints. In fact, the FTC received 258,427 complaints related to identity theft - 32 percent of the total complaints! Consumers reported fraud losses totally over $1.2 billion.


Mix-Up

by Wolfa on February 15th, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Home computer users are not the only ones forced to wage the war against cyber threats. Malware attacks constitute a critical and constant security risk to corporate networks. The staggering statistics speak for themselves: as many as 40 percent of organizations will be targeted by financially-motivated cyber crime by 2008, research from Gartner shows.


Microsoft Bullies

by Michael on February 13th, 2008 in Industry and Security News.

For those of you who are old enough to remember Roseanne Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live, "My father always used to say, it's always something. If it's not one thing, it's another"

Microsoft is pushing their weight around. We've got Ad-Aware customers contacting us left and right because Microsoft is telling them to uninstall their Ad-Aware software in order to run Windows Live OneCare "security software" (the quotation marks are mine).


Safer Internet Day

by Erin on February 12th, 2008 in Industry and Security News.

Today, February 12, is Safer Internet Day in many countries throughout Europe. In connection with that, Eurostat, an office of the European Communities, has released stats on Internet activities.

Results from surveys of households and individuals in the European Union show that:

  • One person in eight avoids e-shopping because of security concerns.

Time for a little shameless self-promotion. In a security software review by Swedish TechWorld.se, Ad-Aware 2007 has been ranked number one on its list of recommended anti-spyware programs, beating out Windows Defender and Spybot Search and Destroy. In fact, Ad-Aware 2007 earned 94 points out of a 100 point grade scale.

Since the article is in Swedish, we'll give you a quick recap of what TechWorld highlighted in its review:

  • Top-notch Quarantine and Ignore List features

Business Trip

by Wolfa on February 8th, 2008 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.