Lavasoft News - June 2007

Ad-Aware 2007 Premiere - June 2007

All of our loyal Ad-Aware users have heard about Lavasoft's coming attraction, and now the moment you have been waiting for has arrived. Ad-Aware 2007 is coming to a computer screen near you in just a few short days. That's right - Ad-Aware 2007 will be released worldwide on June 7. Make sure to read our "Ad-Aware 2007 Premiere" article for a peek at what is included in the features of Ad-Aware 2007 Pro, Plus, and Free versions.

In this issue of Lavasoft News, we bring you the latest on spyware trends and advancements in online crime. Even as law enforcement officials try to keep up the fight against cyber crime, it's important to stay educated on the latest threats, so you know how to protect your PC and yourself. Get the scoop on e-surveillance, the raging botnet battle, and the booming business of cyber crime.

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News from Lavasoft

Ad-Aware 2007 Premiere
Our Ad-Aware users are literally days away from getting their hands on the final product. Take a look at the key features included in each version of Ad-Aware 2007.

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Cyber-Stalkers Invade Personal Spaces
It's not just remote hackers that are trying to track your online activity and gain access to your personal information. Find out about cyber-stalking, e-surveillance and how to protect yourself.

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Botnets Grow in Size and Sophistication
The battle of the botnets has begun in earnest. Botnets have become a leading player in the world of cyber crime.

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Cyber Criminals: Savvy, Professional and Organized
Malware suppliers are tailoring their techniques, using personalization schemes and even embracing their competition, all for the pursuit of profits.

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Top Computer Crimes of 2007 U.S. News & World Report
Only halfway through the year, 2007 is already proving to be an impressive year for cyber criminals in America. Take a look at the top cyber crimes for the year's first quarter, pulled together from the U.S. Justice Department's Computer Crime Section, the FBI, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Security Shorts
Lavasoft News has compiled a list of "security shorts" - summaries of other online security stories making news around the world this past month.

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Spyware Newsbits

New Targets in Detection (May 2007)
Protect your privacy with a complete list of new targets for May 2007.

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Lavasoft Blog
If you want to go behind the walls of Lavasoft, hear what we are up to, what we are thinking and what is happening in the industry, the Lavasoft Company Blog is the place to go for regular, up-to-date information.

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Computer users are safety savvy when it comes to understanding potential threats coming in through their e-mail inboxes, like phishing, viruses, and malware. Results from an E-mail Sender and Provider Coalition survey show that over 80 percent of users recognize and report spam through functions in their e-mail service. Yet, it only takes one e-mail user in 10,000 to buy something from a spammer to keep them in business.

Source: Network World
Term of the Month
RSS is a type of web feed format used to publish constantly updated web-based content like blogs and news feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and can also refer to Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary. RSS delivers information as an XML file called an RSS feed or webfeed. By subscribing to a website's RSS feed, new content from that site is retrieved and presented to the computer user through their feed reader or feed aggregator program.

Tech Tips
It can be difficult and time consuming to keep track of all the news available on the web. Sign up for RSS feeds to stay up-to-date with news from your favorite websites. RSS is a convenient way to distribute news, plus it allows you to control the amount of data you receive online and decrease your online traffic, saving you time by not having to visit individual sites. To use RSS feeds, simply choose an RSS reader tool and then load RSS feeds into your reader from the sites you are interested in.

Lavasoft's Company Blog and the News from Research blog have RSS feeds up and running. By subscribing to the News from Research blog, you will be notified whenever a new Definitions File is released.
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