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The facts are out! Analysts are coming out with their first numbers laying out how holiday sales have been progressing so far. Record numbers for e-commerce retail, with holiday shopping across the U.S., with Thanksgiving topping $1 billion and Black Friday passing $1.5 billion, respective growth of 32% and 26% over 2013.


As the holiday shopping bustle approaches, don't just think about buying the perfect gift and getting a great deal. For a happy and healthy season, remember that being cyber secure when you make your holiday purchases online is just as important!

This year PRIVATE WiFi has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to help consumers be safe online when using their mobile devices are they shop.


Once again, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ tops the favourite list for the best free anti-malware application.

Shaun Dormon, the writer at The Register wrote his "top 10 excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows" and he is surely impressed on how we have successfully revamped and improved our legendary application.


Retailers are ready for you. The National Retail Federation said holiday sales in November and December are expected to reach $616.9 billion, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2013.

Scammers are ready to try to make it their happy holidays too. They'll try to tempt you with confusing deals, bait and switch, hacking and outright fraud.


Trojan.Poweliks.C is malware that writes malicious JavaScript code directly into the Run key in the system registry. Once installed, the malicious code is executed with every system reboot. The Trojan injects the code launched from the Run registry key into the process “dllhost.exe”.


Shop For Rewards by Pitaya Tech is a browser extension “designed to help you collect free gifts, coupons and fantastic rewards by shopping online through third party e-commerce websites”.


μTorrentBar by ClientConnect LTD is a toolbar that adds several buttons to your browser: web search, weather, facebook, email, youtube etc. And as per its publisher, μTorrentBar “upholds the highest privacy and security standards”.


HostSecure is a typical adware-type program that is used for affiliate marketing. It is promoted as a program that can display coupons and the best prices for merchandise or services you are searching online.


Word Proser by Wordprosers LLC is a free ad-supported software “that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Take any text you see online, highlight it, and Word Proser will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window. That means you don’t have to open up a new window, go to a search engine, and type in your search. Word Proser puts relevant information just a highlight away”.


Black Friday/Cyber Monday online shopping can be a great way to avoid the hectic crowds, the shoving and long queues during the busiest shopping day of the year. However, it also has its own disadvantages.

Shop.org, a division of The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2014 online holiday sales forecast.


AS Magic Player by Franden Associates LTD – a web extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox “that provides online playback of video/audio content through BitTorrent protocol on most popular websites/trackers, and also extends the basic functionality of websites that you use with the help of innovative technologies.”


Once again, Lavasoft's Ad-Aware has been awarded the "Advanced+ 3 stars for File Detection Test of Malicious Softwares" from AV-Comparatives for September 2014!