fortinetZango, despite their best intentions, just can't seem to help themselves. They are at it again, this time using social engineering to help spread their worm that is masquerading as a secret crush on your Facebook page.

Before you can find out who the secret crush is you have to agree to download an application that allows it to:

(photo: Fortinet)

"Loss from online fraud in the U.S. is projected to reach $3.6 billion this year, up 20 percent from last year, according to a CyberSource survey." 

Recently overheard in the hallways of Lavasoft...

One of our research analysts has had Microsoft Vista on her home machine since June when they purchased their new laptop. Yesterday, for the very first time, an alert message from the built-in anti-spyware freebie program, Windows Defender, popped up saying that it detected a threat for a file that was being downloaded to the machine. Yes, that's right, this researcher was indeed downloading a suspicious file to her machine. Keep in mind - one alert message since June!

The Ultimate Defender Zlob

by Michael on September 26th, 2007 in Riff Raff.

A nice note from one of our customers yesterday:

"I was having a problem with the Ultimatedefender and Ultimatecleaner bogus trojan.32.looksky worm and running the Ad-Aware program with the latest updates corrected the problem.  I kept running my trend micro pc virus program scanning the entire system and nothing was reported."


Pot of Gold

by Michael on September 19th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft, Riff Raff.

We were so tempted to run across the bridge to the other side of the river when we saw that this rainbow had landed right outside. Was there a pot of gold? We'll never know.


Just for Fun

by Michael on September 10th, 2007 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft, Riff Raff.

Courtesy of the Internet:

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh?

Softpedia Editor Review of Privacy Toolbox - Excellent (5 stars)The new Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox received 5 stars from the editors at Softpedia - right out of the gate.


New Products at Lavasoft

by Michael on September 3rd, 2007 in Lavasoft Products.

Three new products now available at Lavasoft"More security products from Lavasoft!" is what you've said, and we are ready to deliver, starting the run with an ecryptor, a file shredder, and a convenient toolbox that combines both tools.

Be the first to have a look at our three new products when we launch today at 12 noon (Central European Time): Lavasoft Digital Lock - File Encryptor, Lavasoft File Shredder, and the Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox.

If you've made the switch to Windows Vista, your favorite anti-spyware is now compatible to make sure you are protected against the latest security threats that will inevitably sneak into your computer...and into your life!

If you are an existing customer, simply open your existing Ad-Aware 2007 program and click on the 'Web Update' button in the menu to automatically update to the Vista-compatible version.

The latest security vulnerabilities have been released at Microsoft, including 6 critical and 3 important security bulletins (14 vulnerabilities in total).

Learn more.

The Windows programs and operating systems affected include: Vista, XP, Internet Explorer, XML Core Services, Virtual Basic, Office, and Virtual Server.

It's relatively easy these days for a company to say they do business internationally. Students flock to the international courses at Uni. And living in a foreign country certainly comes with its share of intrigue and enchantment.

We thought it would be interesting to do a quick head count at Lavasoft and we found that not only are we an international company (in the commercial sense), but we are also a company of internationals.

Within our Lavasoft team of 40 employees, we proudly represent the following countries (in no particular order, I might add):

Let me take a quick moment to explain for you one of the ways we are 'walking the walk' when it comes to making real social change in this burgeoning malware industry. We belong to two organizations that you should be familiar with, if only from a point of interest.


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