April's Conficker scare brought computer security issues into the spotlight - even in the mainstream news. But' the media blitz may have left you with more questions than answers when it comes to your online safety and privacy.

That's why' in this issue of Lavasoft News' we're bringing you the facts on a major player not only in this recent online epidemic' but in the security battle as a whole: botnets.

Keep reading to find out' in plain and simple terms' what botnets are' how they affect you' and what you can do to prevent infection. Read up on this month's security news' and use it to keep safe out there. (If you're wondering why our news is a bit delayed this month - we've been transitioning with our mailing services. We apologize for the delay!)

Best regards'
Erin Earley
Editor' Lavasoft News
editor@lavasoft.com

Your Botnet Questions' Answered
What exactly is a botnet? Why do cyber criminals create them? How can you tell if you're infected? Get the answers here!

How To Guide: Preventing Bot Infections
The specific steps you should be taking to stay botnet-free.

The Tops Threats Behind Today's Baddest Botnets
These 5 prevalent nasties put your system in danger of becoming part of a botnet

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

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

Bad Behavior
You've seen the countless headlines on Conficker. Find out the danger this threat actually poses' and if you're protected from it.

Ever wonder how all of those spam messages end up in your inbox? Part of the blame goes to botnets - they're used to send a great majority of today's spam. According to a recent report' out of all of the e-mails sent over the Internet' more than 97% are unwanted. Most of these e-mails are spam ads for drugs or products' and they often contain malicious attachments.

Source:
Microsoft security report,
BBC News
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