Attention Ad-Aware users: we have news for you! We’re going to be rolling out two exciting new changes in the upcoming July Ad-Aware release –

1. Anti-virus is soon to be included in Ad-Aware Free

2. An all-new Ad-Aware product is on the way

Do we share too much private information online? Is what we share – both deliberately and inadvertently – and what we click putting our privacy and security at risk?

Some call it football. Others call it soccer. No matter what you term the game, the effects of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the most widely-viewed sporting event across the globe, can be seen all around the world – and around the Web – after the kickoff this past Friday.

Here’s one to watch out for: The U.S. FTC is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of scams stemming from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The scams are likely to come in the form of real world (including phone calls, door-to-door collections, and flyers) as well as online dangers (including e-mail, websites, and social networking sites).

In its monthly advance notification, Microsoft told us that it planned to release a gigantic Patch Tuesday this week.

The June 2010 security updates, now here, are the largest patch push for Microsoft so far this year, with 10 bulletins – fixing 34 vulnerabilities, including critical flaws in DirectShow and the Internet Explorer browser.

The FIFA World Cup, known to be the world’s most widely-viewed sporting event, begins this week, on June 11. 

A growing trend seen by online security experts is for scammers to take advantage of the latest breaking news and major worldwide events to distribute malware and con potential victims. And, unfortunately, the World Cup is a prime opportunity for cyber criminals to do just that.

How can you avoid becoming the latest victim?

It’s been a busy few weeks in terms of cyber justice.

Just last week, news broke that three men were indicted in connection with an online fraud operation that sold $100 million in rogue anti-virus software to victims in over 60 countries.

We’re pleased to announce that a new version of Ad-Aware Business Edition is now available – providing powerful, centrally managed endpoint malware protection to businesses of all shapes and sizes (from small companies with 25 workstations up to large enterprises with over 100,000 client machines.)

What will you find in the new version? Ad-Aware Business Edition includes: advanced, real-time online protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and blended malware, the layered protection of Genotype detection technology and behavior-based heuristical detection to find and block unknown and emerging attacks, centralized, flexible client management allowing the IT admin to manage policies and tasks, and easy installation and deployment of new clients – including the option to use standard Windows Active Directory.

To learn more, read the official news release or visit the Ad-Aware Business Edition product page on the Lavasoft website.

As Facebook privacy concerns continue to grow, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded with public comments in a column published yesterday in The Washington Post, acknowledging that missteps had been made and reaffirming that the social networking site will si

Here’s the latest in social media privacy news –

The Wall Street Journal, citing an AT&T Labs and Worcester Polytechnic Institute paper, has reported that a “privacy loophole” found on social networking sites, including Facebook and MySpace, allowed for data to be shared with advertisers that could potentially be used to identify users – in spite of promises from the companies that user information is not shared without specific consent.

Last June, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) broke the news that it had shut down a notorious rogue Internet service provider that was accused of actively participating in hosting and distributing spam-spreading botnets, phishing sites, spyware, child pornography and other illegal content.

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, has taken a lot of heat recently over its attitude towards the privacy and security of its 400 million users around the globe. Criticism has been prompted by changes to the site’s privacy settings, including an ‘instant personalization’ feature that allows approved third party sites (like Yelp and Pandora) to automatically import profile information.


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