The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), a non-profit group committed to wiping out Internet scams and fraud, released a new phishing analysis this week showing some interesting trends in online crime.

Microsoft has said that it will be releasing two security bulletins today, on Patch Tuesday, to fix vulnerabilities in Windows and Office.

Here’s what we know from Microsoft's advance notification for May: both of the updates are rated critical, and will address remote execution vulnerabilities; the bulletins affect Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003 and Server 2008, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Visual Basic for Application and Visual Basic for Applications software development kit.

Need help on understanding patches, and updating your system? Learn more in the latest issue of Lavasoft News, where we take a look at why it’s important to keep your system and software updated – and how to do it.

PC Advisor recently outlined its list of the best free software downloads – showing computer users incredibly useful downloads available to power-up your PC.

We’re pleased to report that Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware software was highlighted as one of the Best Ever Freebies – among the top 10 products that are, in PC Advisor’s words, “…classics worthy of any desktop…”

Consumer Reports has unveiled the findings of its annual “State of the Net” report, a survey of 2,000 online U.S. households.

What did this year’s report find? Overall, more people are using social networking sites (almost double the amount from last year’s findings), but are doing so without enough thought to privacy and security (more than half of social network users share private information about themselves online, opening themselves up to a variety of online risks, like identity theft).

Here are a few of the key findings from the State of the Net 2010:

CNN ran a cyber crime-related story this week on who’s responsible for sending all the spam messages clogging users' inboxes with unwanted advertising, bogus claims, and even malware and viruses.

We all know that phishing ploys are a serious online problem (just look at the latest stats from the Anti-Phishing Working Group for details). Businesses and organizations often have the most to lose from security incidents, so it’s no wonder that they take precautions to reduce the risk of these costly attacks – and even run tests to check how susceptible workers are to targeted Internet scams and fraud.

Data released this week from Google offers insight into the prevalence and growing threat of rogue, or fake, security software.

According to Google’s new report, based on a 13-month study of fake anti-virus distribution:

The New York Times, as well as other sources, recently carried an article about a vast number of Facebook user accounts being sold on an underground hacker forum.

Ever wonder what becomes of your old computer or electronic equipment when it's thrown away? Did you know that electronic waste, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing waste problems? As much as 50 million metric tons of e-waste is generated annually, as people upgrade laptops and PCs and throw out old models.

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware software was recently reviewed in Virus Bulletin’s April comparative test.

Here’s an important Web warning for our US-based readers: be on the lookout for online tax season scams and census-related fraud.

Here are the details you should know -

Tax Season Scams

Most of us use the Web on a daily basis, without ever giving much thought to the undersea world which keeps us all connected. (Case in point: have you heard of Google’s $300 million ‘Unity’ project that will soon deliver a new high-speed Internet cable, increasing capacity across the Pacific by 20 percent?).


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