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The incidence of identity theft has increased drastically over the last few years and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. There is a thriving online international black market in stolen identities that local, state, federal, and international law enforcement seem powerless to stop.

In fact, it has gotten so easy to steal and sell identities that prices have come down dramatically over the past two years. Why does it seem like it is getting easier for the bad guys and harder for good people like us? Because our information is spread out around the Internet and its protection is out of your hands.


It’s hard to believe but social media has now certainly become an integral part of our dailiy lives, whether we like it or not. Nearly three-quarters of adults who go online use a social network of some kind.


The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) recently released a report exposing that the number of phishing sites in the first quarter of 2014 leaped 10.7 percent over the previous quarter. 2013 is considered seen as one of the heaviest years for phishing on record. Q1 2014 perpetuated that trend posting the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a first quarter.








As a proud Canadian owned company, we want to wish our fellow Canadians a Happy Canada Day! Let's bring out our red and white and celebrate this great nation's birthday.


Optimizer Pro (developed by PC Utilities Software Limited) is a paid PC performance optimizer program usually distributed by bundling to free software using pay-per-install marketing method.


Driver Performer is a program that is supposed to perform a scan of your computer and all attached devices to determine which drivers are either missing, corrupt, or have become obsolete. It is presented as tool that helps to improve the performance of your printer, graphic cards, scanner, and many other internal computer devices.


Movies! Toolbar distributed by Bandoo Media Inc., describes itself as a convenient tool to make your browsing more enjoyable. And to provide such a feature, it requires the following permissions on your PC:



LookSafe is an application claims it's protecting your PC while you are browsing the web, providing protection from malware infections or phishing websites that can take control of your computer, sensitive details or identity. Although this may seem a legitimate and useful deal, be aware that this plug-in may be annoying and will display ads whether you want them to or not. This can slow down the Internet speed, increase CPU usage and may cause freezing of the browser.


SweetPacks Toolbar is a Browser Helper Object, which is supposed to add various shortcuts such as games, deal pages, etc., to your browsers for easy access. Once it got inside your PC it will inject SweetPacks Toolbar to your browser, set your browser default search engine to search.SweetPacks.com and change your homepage to start.SweetPacks.com.


SpeedUpMyPC 2014 (developed by Uniblue Systems Limited) is a paid system performance optimizer program that usually comes to your PC with free software using pay-per-install bundling marketing method.


Activeris Antimalware is considered as a paid antimalware program. Currently, www.activeris.com offers another program with similar interface, so you won’t be able to find a direct installation link for Activeris Antimalware either on the home page, or any download websites.


PC Performer by Performersoft is presented by its publisher as registry cleaner software. In fact once installed it informs you that several issues were detected on your computer. When you try to fix these errors, PC Performer fixes them partially and states that you need to buy its full version to fix all the issues.