Passwords 101

by Erin on July 31st, 2007 in Security Tips.

You probably know that creating strong online passwords is one piece of the security equation. You may know that you should change your passwords on a regular basis. You may know that you should create passwords of at least 10 characters, comprised of letters, symbols and numbers. And you may know not to have your browser store passwords and log-in credentials.

With the news of the return of the "Storm worm" with a vengeance and reports of the rise and rise of malicious websites, there's really no such thing as being too cautious when you're online.

Todays security warning: be on the lookout for e-greeting card scams.

Representatives from Lavasoft recently had the chance to visit Colorado, USA while attending a conference.

Here are some photos taken in and around the Denver area, for your viewing pleasure! Click the photos to see a larger image.


Should the "good guys" be able to use spyware? Similar questions have been raised about police hacking. The methods that law enforcement officials are allowed to use to investigate crimes vary (as does public opinion, reports say) depending on what part of the world you are in.

In the United States, the FBI recently used a secret surveillance program, a computer and internet protocol address verifier, to catch an alleged teen bomb threat suspect.

While many countries worldwide have been trying to get to the bottom of phishing scams and identity theft attempts, Italy has just made progress with an operation dubbed "Phish and Chip."

Not too long after its announcement of progress with "Operation Bot Roast", the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has promised more steps forward in prosecutions for spam and botnet related activities in the coming months.

Ad-Watch Preview

by Erin on July 10th, 2007 in Lavasoft Products.

Some of you may have noticed that in the Ad-Aware 2007 update that was released before the weekend, the Ad-Watch real-time module was activated in your freeware.

This has since been updated, but we hope you enjoyed your free preview of Ad-Watch ;)

Remember, if you want real-time protection in your anti-spyware software, you will find real-time scanning and many more advanced features in the Ad-Aware 2007 Plus and Pro versions!

Customers with a valid Ad-Aware SE license can now update their software to Ad-Aware 2007 through the Lavasoft Support Center. All license updates to 2007 have been automatically extended to cover the update delay.

To update your product, first log-in to the Lavasoft Support Center. On the "License Info" page, click the button, "Update License to Ad-Aware 2007."

Personal Firewall 2.0

by Erin on July 6th, 2007 in Lavasoft Products.

Lavasoft Personal Firewall was recently reviewed by, earning a place in the top four of their rating results, after an analysis of over 35 personal firewall products.

While there is debate about why Apple has developed a version of its Safari Web browser for Microsofts Windows operating system, two points seem clear: the Windows version of the Mac application should work in Apples favor in terms of browser market share, and it could also benefit Apples iPhone by getting programmers to create applications for the iPhone,


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