This month’s Lavasoft News is all about a safer environment. We’re bringing you the latest news on securing your computing environment from online threats, but we’re also focusing on how we can all do our part to make sure that the technology-centered world we live in leaves a less harmful impact on our surroundings.
Find out about the negative effects of technology growth on the environment, and how you can do your part in cleaning up the mounting waste problems brought on by our digital lives. Don’t miss the scoop on the Lavasoft tree planting challenge in our “Green Computing” article.
Also in this issue, stay up-to-date on spyware and malware news with a threat forecast from the experts at Lavasoft, an update on a Vista compatible version of Ad-Aware 2007, and a look at what the “Operation Bot Roast” botnet clean-up project means for the future.
Green Computing and the Lavasoft Challenge
Spyware and Malware Threats Forecast
Transitioning to Windows Vista
U.S. Steps Up Fight Against Botnets and Spam
The Most Famous (or Infamous) Viruses and Worms of All Time eWeek
New Targets in Detection (July 2007)
Lavasoft Personal Firewall Review
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The global IT industry accounts for 2 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions - the same amount produced by the world's aviation industry, Gartner statistics show. Over the next 5 years, technology companies will be met with growing financial, environmental and legislative pressure to become more environmentally sustainable, according to a Gartner analyst.
Source: CNET News.com
Term of the Month
A bot herder is a hacker who installs malicious software on a PC without the knowledge of the computer user, with the ultimate goal of controlling thousands of compromised machines. Once hackers install their software, they are capable of controlling the infected computers remotely. After they have compromised enough computers, bot herders have a robot network, or botnet, under their command.
How can you help fight the botnet battle, and make sure that your PC does not end up under a bot herder’s control? Contributing to the problem is the large number of home users whose computers do not have adequate protection and are easy prey for botnet operators. It is critical that home users install up-to-date firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, in addition to being cautious when going online. If you have been a victim of cyber crime, you can also file a complaint online through the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste problems. So before you buy that new PC, think about what to do with the old one. Visit www.computertakeback.com or www.earth911.org to find out more about recycling your electronics. The Computer TakeBack Campaign focuses on requiring consumer electronics manufacturers to take responsibility for the life cycle of their products, while Earth 911 offers community-specific environmental information for consumers looking to live more responsibly.