According to the largest study of password security ever conducted, people over the age of 55 pick passwords double the strength of those chosen by people under 25 years old. It also found that most of us choose passwords that are less secure than security experts recommend.

A few years ago, social media was literally unheard of. Fast forward today, it is something that is engrained in our lives. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram (and list goes on…) become household names overnight with other social networking sites sprucing up trying to catch up or rather ‘imitate’ the giants’ formula.


by Andy on May 31st, 2012 in Industry and Security News.

On 28th May 2012, Iran National CERT published a report describing a new and complex threat dubbed “Flame” that was thought to be responsible for incidents of “mass data loss in Iran”. The report linked this newly discovered threat with the notorious Stuxnet and Duqu attacks.

Shortly after, the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security at Budapest University of Technology and Economics published a report   describing an apparently identical threat that may have been active “for as long as five to eight years”.

Lavasoft, the original anti-malware company, today announced that Alexander Adamov will lead its new, expanded malware labs. Adamov joins Lavasoft from the Design and Test Lab, a research lab that provides malware analysis services for Kaspersky Labs.

Developing malware from scratch is a highly complex task that requires considerable skill and effort. In recent years, crimeware toolkits have taken the heavy lifting out of creating malware. Toolkits, such as MPack, Neospoit and Zeus, can be found for sale on underground hacking forums, lowering the skills barrier for would-be criminals. For a fee and with little effort, hackers can generate their own malware that can be used for stealing credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information.

Microsoft have published a Security Bulletin Summary for October 2011. Eight updates have been released including two "critical" and six "important" severity updates.

The patches address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities within Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Forefront United Access Gateway and Microsoft Host Integration Server.

Virus Bulletin 2011

by Andy on October 11th, 2011 in Industry and Security News.

Lavasoft attended the 21st Virus Bulletin conference in Barcelona from 5-7 October.

Virus Bulletin is a leading security industry publication who's annual conference presents the latest research, defensive procedures and the chance to discuss future developments and countermeasures. It also provides an opportunity for experts in the anti-malware arena to share their research interests, discuss technologies, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put their technologies into practice in the real world.

A huge amount of personal data was exposed in a recent Sony hack. Today, Sony disclosed that the security breach affecting almost 77 million PlayStation Network users, may also have affected 24.5 million users of Sony Online Entertainment, making this the largest personal data heist in history.

In a recent article by CBC News more security and privacy concerns for companies, and possibly individuals, have been highlighted.

The problem centers around your disused photocopier. Since modern photocopiers contain hard drives for storing the information they scan this information is available long after you have forgotten all about it.

We are very proud to announce that Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Pro has been awarded the prestigious VB100 award.

In a comparative test published in Virus Bulletin’s August issue, Ad-Aware achieved one of the top results for malware detection. Virus Bulletin independently tests anti-virus products and those products which pass the tests are awarded the VB100. The test review covers a range of criteria, including detection rates, design and usability, and performance.

Do we share too much private information online? Is what we share – both deliberately and inadvertently – and what we click putting our privacy and security at risk?

Some call it football. Others call it soccer. No matter what you term the game, the effects of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the most widely-viewed sporting event across the globe, can be seen all around the world – and around the Web – after the kickoff this past Friday.