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In the last few days, there have been reports of online scams exploiting the wildfires in California, USA. Unfortunately, scams taking advantage of situations like this is nothing new.
In the past, we've seen international news, sports events, and even holidays lead to phishing and fraudulent e-mails. In many cases, disasters and tragedies also bring about fake charity sites popping up on the Web, set up by opportunists looking to cash in on recovery efforts.
Todays security tip: be sure to get the most out of your Ad-Aware software by using Ad-Aware 2007s "Web Update" feature.
The new Web Update feature allows you to receive incremental Definitions File updates, giving you a quick, easy way to stay protected from the latest spyware threats.
Web Update also allows us to automatically upload any new functions and features that we use to improve the 2007 version. That means, each time you update, you are downloading more power and better function for your Ad-Aware version.
A new rogue, known as XP AntiVirus or XPAntiVirus, has been making the rounds. Typical of fraudware, this rogue anti-virus software creates registry entries for fake, non-existent malware that it then "detects" when it scans your PC. This tactic is used to scare you into purchasing the software.
While the program does come with a removal option, when PC users attempt to uninstall it, XP AntiVirus will start up again the next time they reboot.
The latest security vulnerabilities have been released from Microsoft. Octobers Patch Tuesday lists four "critical" and two "important" security bulletins (a total of nine vulnerabilities). The applications involved include Microsoft Word, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, and Kodak Image Viewer.
For your reading pleasure, in this months Lavasoft News we've brought you an insightful look at social engineering with an article by our own Joe Wells.
Joe's article, Social Engineering - Good Triggers and Bad Triggers, was also published in Septembers Cyber Security Industry Alliance newsletter, which featured Lavasoft in its "member spotlight."
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