In this issue: Patch Time: Keeping Your System and Programs Up-to-Date | Confused by ‘Update’ Jargon? We're Here to Help! | Valentine's Day Scams

Let's face it — online security is confusing to most people. And even if you know what you shouldn't do, sometimes curiosity or impulse drives your behavior online. That's just human nature. One of the essentials of maintaining your online security is keeping your system and applications up-to-date and patched against vulnerabilities.

Cybercriminals are constantly trying to find holes or vulnerabilities to exploit, and new threats are emerging every day on the web. To stay protected, it is important to have the latest version of the software you are using.

In this issue, we take a closer look at patching. Find out why it's important to keep your system and software updated — and how to do it.

Best regards,
Lina Nielsen
Editor, Lavasoft News

News from Lavasoft

Patch Time: Keeping Your System and Programs Up-to-Date
Why are patches so important to your security? Read on to find out.

Confused by ‘Update’ Jargon? We're Here to Help!
Are out-of-band, Patch Tuesday, and automatic updates unfamiliar terms? Demystify a few of the key phrases you should know.

Valentine's Day Scams
What can you do to make sure your Valentine's Day is full of warm wishes from friends and loved ones, instead of spam and malware that puts your privacy and security at risk? Read on to find out.

Research roundup

Threat Check
Find out which threats have been plaguing Ad-Aware users this past month.

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

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The average Microsoft Windows user's PC has software from 22 different vendors. A new security update needs to be installed about every five days in order to use these programs safely.
Source: Krebs on Security, Secunia
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