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Cybercriminals are making it much more difficult for people to try to find information about vehicles online. Ford and Nissan are among the top topics being used by malware authors to draw people to web pages chockfull of spyware or prompts to download fake anti-virus products. One company reports that searches for Ford led to 1.2 million instances of malicious pages.
This is just one of the many threats currently online. Spyware seems to be especially popular with cybercriminals in 2009. It has been reported that there was a 10 per cent increase in spyware over the first quarter of this year compared to 2008. During the first part of this year, spyware represented 13.5 per cent of malware infections compared to 2.5 per cent in the final quarter of 2008.
While situational awareness and safe surfing practices are keys to avoiding spyware and its malware buddies, it is crucial to have security software installed on your computer. ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS is a comprehensive security solution that pairs the company's gold standard anti-spyware technology with an innovative virus scanning and cleaning engine. It is chockfull of features, such as active protection to stop malware from downloading, customized scanning and the blocking of well-known malware websites.
The popular XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware quickly scans for and quarantines a wide variety of spyware as well as such online baddies as adware, pop-up generators, keyloggers, Trojans and hijackers. ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware also scans thoroughly for spyware and features active protection. This advanced feature detects software trying to download to your PC without permission. It then gives you the option of blocking it.
XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware provides protection for those on the go. The software can be downloaded onto a U3 drive and plugged into any computer you use so that you can do your banking and other online activities with the assurance that you are protected.
To find out more about any of ParetoLogic's anti-spyware products, please click on the links above. Or, learn about ParetoLogic's other fine products.
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Tip of the Month
Think twice, click once. If something just doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Q. When I delete something on my computer, it is gone forever, right?
A. Dear "Confused"
Not necessarily! Computers store a vast amount of information. If you put an item into your Recycle Bin and then empty it, your Windows operating system associates a special character with that file. It means that you can no longer access it as the reference to it has been removed. However, the file is still there and can be recovered. Sophisticated software such as Data Recovery Pro scan for deleted files and can bring them back to life.
If you want an item to disappear forever, it is best to use software such as ParetoLogic Privacy Controls. It features overwrite technology, which means the data is overwritten and cannot be retrieved.
With hard work, innovation and loyal customer support, ParetoLogic continues to grow. The online security and PC optimization software company earned a place in the prestigious Branham300, 2009 edition.
"These are tough economic times, but the Branham300 proves that innovative companies such as ParetoLogic can survive and prosper," said Elton Pereira, ParetoLogic's
co-founder and chief executive officer. "We are very proud to be included with such a distinguished group."
The Branham 300 is an annual look at the health of the Canadian information and communications technology (ICT) industry. The list is broken up into 250 of Canada's top technology companies, 25 up and comers and 25 multinationals. On the top 250 list, ParetoLogic, who developed the top-selling RegCure Registry Cleaner, was ranked 127. The figures listed in the Branham300 showed ParetoLogic's revenue increased 50 per cent over the past year. As well, the makers of the popular XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware and ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS were ranked in the top 10 of the Canada's top security IT companies.
The companies on the list surpassed $70 billion in combined revenue for the first time in the Branham300's 15-year history. The 2009 top 250 was topped by Nortel Networks, a multinational manufacturer of telecommunications equipment.
There is nothing like a pandemic to reveal the Internet and social networking websites for what they really are. April's swine flu outbreak demonstrates both the positives and negatives of Twitter and other similar sites that allow frequent, instant updates.
"Twitter and real-time tools like it are kind of a double-edged sword," marketing and social media expert Darren Barefoot was quoted as saying in an April 28 Canwest News article. "They're great at spreading information, but they're also great at spreading misinformation."
In the days following the first media reports of the swine flu outbreak, "Swine flu," "#swineflu" and "CDC" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) were the most searched terms on Twitter, according to an April 28 Discovery.com article. CTV.ca reported that there were millions of "tweets" - 140-character posts - on Twitter within the first week of the outbreak. The swine flu even unseated online sensation Susan Boyle. Swine flu had five times the blog conversations than the contestant on the reality show Britain's Got Talent.
"You cannot catch swine flu by using Twitter... But you wouldn't know it by looking at the swirl of misinformation and panic that has flooded everybody's favorite microblog," Robert X. Cringley wrote in an April 28 article on PCWorld.com.
If a French inventor's idea catches on long distance relationships could soon be a lot more pleasurable. Georges Koussouros is developing a gaudy coloured cell phone that features, below the numbers, a very large set of lips to allow you to both send and receive kisses.
The lips on the KissPhone will measure the temperature, sucking force, pressure and percussion speed of your kiss. It then will transmit that information, without the saliva and tongue action, to another KissPhone and recreate your make-out session. According to Gizmag.com, an online emerging technology website, Koussouros says you will be able to not only send kisses via the device but also leave "kiss messages" or forward a kiss on. As well, he envisions a "kiss bank" where you smooch with the likes of pop superstar Madonna or perhaps an imaginary hero.
In reaction to the news of the Kissphone, Gizmag.com's Mike Hanlon wrote on April 24 that it is an interesting concept - and only that at this point. He doesn't see it threatening the iPhone this decade and thinks if it is ever available it will take people sometime to adapt to it.
"My first and obvious reflection on the KissPhone is that you're not gonna pull this out on the bus or the subway on the way home, because you may get locked up or worse. Even if you're not intending to use it as a remote kissing machine, but rather as a telephone, it'll certainly get you classified as a weirdo rather than an early adopter, at least in the near future."
Affiliate Summit West 2009
Earlier this year ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2009. At this prestigious event, the company launched its exciting "Sell Big, Win Mini" contest. Click here to learn more about this lucrative opportunity...
Pareto networks with the best
There were more than registered attendees at the Affiliate Summit West 2009, the premier conference for affiliate marketing. The event, held in Las Vegas, has seen an increase in registered participants and booths every year since its 2003 inception. In fact, a number of people had to be turned away because the Summit was sold out. The event gave ParetoLogic an opportunity to network with many of the top affiliates. Opportunities exist for many exciting partnerships to come out of the relationships made at the Affiliate Summit West 2009.
What awaits you online?
Malware Diaries gives you an inside look at what is going on in the world of spyware and malware and how to secure your computer and yourself from new and emerging threats.
Sound Advice - Open Mic with Malware Diaries' bloggers
Members of ParetoLogic's Spyware Analysis Team (S.W.A.T.) were guests of The Computer Information Show featured on C-FAX 1070 radio station. Our Computer Security specialists discussed malware, spyware and viruses with host Bill McCarter. Click to listen to the show's MP3 excerpts as the S.W.A.T. team gives advice and field questions from the listening audience...
Sound Advice - Speaking out on behalf of children and PGsurfer
ParetoLogic's Communications Director was a guest of The Computer Information Show featured on C-FAX 1070 radio station. Amanda and host Bill McCarter discussed Internet security and the safety benefits for families and children using the free PGsurfer software. Click to listen to the show's MP3 excerpts as our resident authority gives sound advice and fields question from the listening audience...
Does it all sound Greek to you?
Don't worry! Each month we explain a word or phrase connected to the Internet, PC optimization or computer security. As well as making you feel a bit more comfortable in the computer world, this feature will also give you some new vocabulary to impress your friends.
Drivers are small software programs that act as translators within your computer between your hardware devices, software and operating system. Software generally uses generic commands, while hardware, such as your printer, requires more specific instructions. Drivers take the message from your applications, such as Microsoft Word, and translate it into instructions your printer can understand.
Drivers are very specific. Each device requires a unique driver, even different models from the same company. With each new operating system released by Microsoft, new drivers are needed. Drivers for your hardware, such as your scanner, that worked for a previous version of Windows will not work to their full capacity on Vista. You will need specific Vista drivers. You can try to manually update your drivers by visiting the manufacturers' websites or you can use sophisticated software that will quickly and easily guide you through the process.
A drive-by download occurs when you surf to a website and a program tries to download itself to your computer without your knowledge or permission. The downloaded program could be one of a long list of malware, including spyware, adware or keylogger. These programs can be downloaded from malicious websites, but also from legitimate servers that have been hacked. A drive-by download is different from a pop-up download as the latter actually asks for consent, although it is often in a way that makes saying "No" sound very bad.
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"Just a thank you for the way you solved my software problems, obviously
a dedicated team of professionals with customer satisfaction at the forefront. This was so easy to fix from my end and purely due to your team's efforts. I'm very happy with the outcome. Thank you."
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Each month we feature a different member of the ParetoLogic team. As well as telling you about their role at Pareto, we provide a little insight into their life away from work.
This month we turn the spotlight on Kai Davis. Kai is a multi-talented member of Pareto's Marketing team. He tackles a wide variety of tasks.
"I like to think of myself as the overflow drain on a sink," he said.
Kai enjoys the opportunities ParetoLogic provides him to learn new skills. Most recently he has taken on some HTML tasks to help enhance ParetoLogic's website. Outside of work, Kai also has a number of interests, such as music (including a number of Swedish musicians), gardening, and baking bread.
Kai plays the question game:
One word to describe Pareto: Change
Song you never tire of: "Crying" by Roy Orbison
TV show you would strongly recommend to everyone: "The Wire"
Book you want to read again: "Suttree" by Cormac McCarthy
Hiking, biking or yoga: No, thank you.
Where he plays
Kai enjoys checking out a variety of websites and blogs. Some of his favourites include thesneeze.com, cuteoverload.com, shorpy.com and cockeyed.com. To keep his PC running right, Kai likes to use ParetoLogic DriverCure, which ensures he has the right hardware and software drivers.
Be sure to check out his Internet Security Tip of the Month on the sidebar to the left.