Data Breach News

by Erin on August 27th, 2008 in Industry and Security News.

"8 Million Victims in the World's Biggest Cyber Heist"

As readers of the Lavasoft blog know, we often come across products and websites that try to piggyback on the name of our company or our flagship product, Ad-Aware, to take advantage of you.  And whenever we do, we make it a priority to get the word out to prevent users from getting scammed.

We've been alerted to a deceptive advertising method that you should be on the lookout for.

Lavasoft Turns 10!

by Erin on August 21st, 2008 in News about Lavasoft.

This coming year, 2009, marks Lavasofts 10th anniversary of providing computer users around the world with the power to protect their privacy and security. You've watched the Lavasoft story unfold over the past decade (don't forget that we were the original anti-spyware company), beginning with our flagship Ad-Aware product and progressively expanding to provide you with more, powerful PC security solutions.

How much information can be collected by a single piece of malware?

According to a recent article, one botnet alone harvested the usernames and passwords of:

  • 8,485 bank accounts
  • 3,233 credit card accounts
  • 151,000 e-mail accounts
  • 58,391 social networking site accounts
  • 4,237 online retailer accounts
  • 416 stock trading accounts
  • 869 payment processor accounts

New Review

by Erin on August 15th, 2008 in Lavasoft Products.

Ad-Aware 2008 Free was recently reviewed by the UK site, IT Reviews. Here are a few words from the review:

"Not only does Ad-Aware Free provide a commendable scan time performance, it also runs smoothly and doesn't hog too much in the way of system resources."

"The interface is nifty as well, with a small collection of skins to select..."

-for your unpatched Windows PC to be compromised by hackers.

That's the estimate reported late last month from the SANS Institutes Internet Storm Center. While "survival time" measurements of computers connected to the Internet vary and are debated by some, there's no doubt that patching your PC is imperative in staying secure online.

Lavasoft File Shredder has been chosen by the team at FreeFunFiles as their Editors Pick for the month of August. Thanks, FreeFunFiles!

Are you using Lavasoft File Shredder to delete your sensitive files? Download a free 30-day trial version and try it out for yourself!

You're working at your computer when you realize something is not right; you're plagued with messages warning you that you may be infected. It's clear that you've been hit by malware. But where do you turn for help in sorting out the mess on your PC? Most likely to a knowledgeable friend or family member, and to trusted security software.

Back to School Security

by Erin on August 4th, 2008 in Security Tips.

Getting ready for the busy back to school season? While PCs are likely a prerequisite for school-bound young adults, securing those laptops or desktops is unlikely to be a top priority.

Make sure that your kids have the knowledge and tools needed to secure their computers and to stay malware-free. Ease the workload by taking a look at the newly released August issue of Lavasoft News, full of tips on how to prepare both young children and young adults for the situations they'll encounter online.

The team at Lavasoft are very happy to announce the launch of our new German website. Back in 1999 Lavasoft begun in Germany, therefore the company has a strong German heritage which makes this an important milstone in our companys history. As we move towards 10 years of Lavasoft, it is great to launch our website translated into the German language to honor our German roots.


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