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Fraud Prevention Month is an annual public awareness campaign held in March that works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by helping them "Recognize it. Report it. Stop it."

Even though this effort is focused only to Canadians, we feel that it’s important to share the information with our friends from all over the world. It doesn’t matter where we are, we should always be cautious with any forms of fraud.

Scam artists use various tactics every year to try to steal your money and your personal information and they are certainly getting smarter every day.


Think about everything you’ve downloaded to your PC over the past six months. Can you remember each program or file you downloaded, and where that download came from? Most likely not, and even if you can, you may have gotten more than you bargained for – in fact, you may be infected with spyware that can be used for keylogging.


In 2014, close to one billion online records were compromised in 1,922 confirmed incidents, including high profile data breaches such as Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Michaels and Neiman Marcus. The compromised records consist of usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and more.


Ad-Aware has been chosen by TechRadar as one of the top five best free anti-spyware in 2015!


We don’t want to unduly excite anyone, but we’re pretty sure we’ve found the secret to happiness, to optimism, and to the ability to look ahead and see only good things on the horizon. And that secret would be: never examine the details of anything.


If you’ve been around a teenager recently, chances are they’ve not been more than an arm’s length away from their cell phone.  They’re talking about their Twitter feed or something they saw online that a friend of a friend sent them.

Cyberbullying, or bullying/teasing online, is becoming a fad that is all too easy with the availability of Internet-ready devices at teens’ fingertips. Cyberbullying can take on many forms and can become toxic quickly.


By Andrew Browne, Malware Labs Director at Lavasoft

As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cybercrime.


Did you know that February 9th is National Clean Up Your Computer Day? The Institute for Business Technology originally sponsored it several years ago, assigning it to the second Monday in February. It is the time you’re encouraged to give your machine a good scrubbing inside and out.

 


Lavasoft is now on Pinterest!

by News Editor on February 5th, 2015 in Riff Raff.

Lavasoft is branching out its wings in the social media world! We're now on Pinterest! Follow us today and see what we're 'pinning' everyday. See you there!

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Positive Finds is an application that displays coupons and advertisements that are relevant to a user’s web browsing activities on shopping sites, such as Amazon.com. While this program may seem useful, it also installs add-ons/plugins that may diminish browser performance as well as generate banners, pop-ups and in-text ads (underlined keywords when visiting websites) and other forms of promotions that encourage you to purchase a product or install other applications.


Data Privacy Day was on January 28 and it was celebrated internationally to recognize the importance of protecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. 

A new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project has found that the next decade will bring a continued erosion of online privacy, which will mean that “in 2025, everything will be transparent. People will not have the illusion of privacy. …This will, of course, have consequences."


As February 14th draws closer, don’t be surprised if several spams and phishing scams find their way into your inbox.

 Valentine’s Day often offers spammers and scammers alike a golden opportunity to lure people into opening their wallets or giving away their personal information under the deceptive guise of love.