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In this issue: Understanding Social Engineering | Is It Safe to File Your Taxes Online? | Bad Behavior: Cyber Attacks on Google | A Security Tip from a Reader Like You

Look at the latest security headlines, and many have one thing in common: social engineering was used to victimize people. These deceptive tactics - attacks where the criminal relies on you to make the wrong choice - are interwoven throughout the Web, as you shop, bank, and socialize online.

Don’t play into a scammer’s hands. Learn how to make the right choice and stay safe from social engineering.

Also this month: find out how to safely file your taxes, what’s new in Ad-Aware, and how the cyber attacks on Google affect your security.

Best regards,
Erin Earley
Editor, Lavasoft News

Understanding Social Engineering
What it is and how criminals use this tactic to exploit you online.

Is It Safe to File Your Taxes Online?
Find out how to prepare yourself and your PC for tax season scams.

Ad-Aware Gets New Features!
Learn more about the all-new features you’re seeing in Ad-Aware after the February version update.

New Targets in Detection
Visit the Lavasoft Malware Labs blog to protect your privacy with new targets for February 2010.

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

Bad Behavior
Recent security news has focused on the bad behavior of the cyber attacks on Google from China. Read Lavasoft CEO Jason King’s comments on the Aurora attacks via

Phishing attacks – a type of social engineering – continue to climb. Unique phishing reports submitted to the Anti-Phishing Working Group in the third quarter of 2009 reached an all-time high of 40,621.
Source: Anti-Phishing Working Group
This month’s tip comes to us from a reader like you! Keep your eyes open when downloading new programs - find out why.
“The nature of malware infections has changed during the past years. A long time ago, malware and viruses were spread in much less sophisticated ways. Now, malware authors constantly invent new intellectual ways to manipulate people and compromise their machines.”
- Albin Bodahl, Lavasoft Malware Labs
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