November is here, and with it, the holiday shopping season sets into full swing with the start of the annual hunt to find just the right gifts for friends and family. Many of us will avoid the crowds by shopping from the privacy of our own PCs. While computer security may be far from the minds of busy shoppers, the bustle of the holiday shopping craze is all the more reason to stay secure and stay protected; more web commerce means more web scams. If you plan to kick off your online shopping this month, make sure to have up-to-date security software on your PC and to surf safely!
In this month's LN, find out how Lavasoft is working to keep you protected with updates to Ad-Aware, and how you can help yourself by learning to outsmart rogue security software. See what's happening in the industry with a look at the take down of a million dollar spyware op, and our monthly roundup of security news.
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By the Numbers
Percentage of consumer PCs in the U.S. that are not protected (defined as having up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a correctly configured firewall)
Percentage of PC users who believe they are protected
Source: National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee Inc. study
Term of the Month
Rogue security software masquerades as a helpful security program, but uses malware or malicious tools to advertise or compel users to pay for the removal of non-existent spyware. Rogue software makers often use social engineering to trick consumers into buying their fraudulent anti-spyware or anti-virus products.
You have anti-spyware, anti-virus, and a firewall, so your computer must be secure, right? Wrong. Unless this software is enabled, updated, and properly configured, you are not protected from online threats. According to a recent industry survey, consumers overestimate PC safety - see our "By the Numbers" section for the stats. Make sure to maintain your security software; check that your security applications are both enabled and configured correctly. Keep in mind, the security software that was included with your PC when you purchased it may be a trial version that will expire if you fail to buy a subscription.
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