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NEWS - March 26, 2005

by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2005 1:35 AM PST
IE 'unsafe' for 98 per cent of 2004 claims new report

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Web Watchers: Teaching Kids to Stay Safe Online
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2005 2:27 AM PST
In reply to: NEWS - March 26, 2005

Last month Microsoft, AMD and partners launched Web Watchers, an Internet security and safety program that provides teachers in the U.S. with age- and curriculum-valid lessons to help students better understand the opportunities and risks of the Internet.

The program has taught teachers how to prepare children to protect themselves online from viruses, identity theft and even chat-room bullies.

As part of the Web Watchers program, participating schools will be eligible to win US$1,000 or $5,000 for the purchase of new computer hardware and software as an incentive for students' families and friends to take steps helping secure their PCs. Program material and more information on how to vote online for a school to receive technology funding can be found by visiting www.WebWatchersOnline.com. Voting is open until March 31, 2005.

Over 6,000 schools have participated in Web Watchers, which was a venture between Microsoft, AMD, which recently released AMD64 processors with Enhanced Virus Protection capability, and other companies who have made a similar commitment to computer security, such as McAfee, NetZero, Cox Communications, Comcast and The CyberSmart! Education Company. Parents and teachers can go to http://www.webwatchersonline.com for the most up-to-date educational tools for teaching kids how to help protect themselves from viruses, identity theft and even chat room bullies.

More info in Microsoft

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CoolWebSearch is still on top
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2005 12:50 PM PST
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Webroot's quarterly report showed CoolWebSearch (CWS) still one of the most significant emerging spyware and adware threats. Otheres are Gator (GAIN), 180search Assistant, ISTbar/AUpdate, Transponder (vx2), Internet Optimizer, BlazeFind, Hot as Hell, Advance Keylogger and TIBS Dialer.

View their press release on Top 10 Malicious Spyware Threats -

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"Cialis" as the top word
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2005 12:55 PM PST
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Threats to Spyware Critics
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2005 1:05 PM PST
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"The past three months have brought a dramatic spike in threats, demand letters, and "requests" -- sent from companies who make unwanted software (some might call the programs spyware) to those who detect, remove, block, or write about these programs.

Threatening or suing critics isn't a new idea. Claria made headlines in September 2003 when it filed suit against PC Pitstop, alleging unfair business practices, trade libel, defamation, and interference with contract arising out of PC Pitstop's description of Claria's software. But with more and more threats with each passing week, it's becoming hard even to keep track of the accusations. I've therefore put together a new table listing complainants, targets, and summarized demands.

Details: Threats Against Spyware Detectors, Removers, and Critics."

- Last Updated: March 26, 2005


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