Avanquest Software buys 50.1% stake in our group: adaware, Lulu software, Upclick.

I am super happy to announce that this week represents a culmination of a long process with our friends at Avanquest.    After more than 10 years of working closely together, the companies have agreed to merge with Avanquest buying a controlling stake in our 3 businesses.

This deal values the 3 acquisitions at a total value of $95M USD.

The scale of their business, their large portfolio of software tiles, distribution and ability to grow by acquisitions will enable our companies to scale much faster – with a  goal to double our revenues within the next 2 years.

We look forward to working with the whole team there and beginning this exciting new chapter for all.

I thank our clients, consumers, employees and partners for participating in our growth and our success over the last few years.

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Lavasoft Confirms Its Commitment to Privacy – Antivirus Maker Does Not & Will Never Sell Customer Information

MONTREAL – Lavasoft today reiterated its firm pledge to keep sensitive user information confidential, as part of the company’s ongoing dedication to protecting its customers. Lavasoft’s top priority has always been its users’ privacy – making confidentiality the most important part of its business.

“Lavasoft exists to help customers preserve their privacy and protect their data from falling into the wrong hands. This is the driving force behind everything we do, and that will never change,” said Daniel Assouline, CEO at Lavasoft. “To that end we do not and will not share any customer data with any third parties. Our users can trust that will always be the case no matter which of our products they’re running.”

Today, consumers are expected to enter their personal information when signing up for new products or services — including credit card numbers, email addresses and phone numbers, etc. Each of these come with a privacy policy—however, more often than not, consumers click “accept” without reading through the lengthy privacy policy. Later, they may find their personal information is being gathered by the respective companies and sold to third parties.

Since 1999, Lavasoft has held firm to not sell personal and or non-personal data to any third parties, including advertisers.

As stated in its policy,

“Lavasoft will not share Your Personal Information with any third party except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or if Lavasoft receives your prior permission. Please note in this respect that Lavasoft uses third party hosting service providers for the provision of the Lavasoft Sites and that Lavasoft uses third party service providers for the provision of certain services offered through the Lavasoft Sites, including but not limited to e-mail marketing campaigns, provisions of Lavasoft newsletters, press releases and/or special offers.”

To read more, visit Lavasoft’s privacy policy page here.

“Lavasoft’s focus on privacy has not changed since its founding in 1999 and we will continue to uphold the same privacy standards moving forward,” said Assouline. “As vendors update their privacy policies at length, consumers should educate themselves, and keep a close eye on these changes.”

About Lavasoft

Lavasoft is the maker of Ad-Aware, the world’s No. 1 free antivirus software. Founded in 1999, Lavasoft is the original anti-malware company, creating award-winning, free security and privacy software. Born of the belief that online security should be available to everyone, Lavasoft offers millions of users maximum protection for their computers and online identities. With nearly 500 million downloads, its flagship product Ad-Aware has blocked and removed billions of threats, saving consumers from all forms of attack and malware – including viruses, spyware, adware, phishing and drive-by downloads. Lavasoft is a global company with operations in North America and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.lavasoft.com.

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1 in 4 U.S. Teens and Preteens Has Been Cyberbullied

I want to share with you the results of my company, Lavasoft’s, 2015 Cyberbullying and Online Safety Study. We surveyed more than 200 students aged 10 to 18 on their experiences with cyberbullying, as well as their online safety habits, including parental controls.

As cyberbullying remains a present and growing threat to today’s constantly-connected children and teenagers, Lavasoft conducted this survey to gain insight into the online safety factors that play a potential role in cyberbullying.

The study found that one in four students had been bullied or teased online in some way. Additionally, although nearly half of all respondents know someone who has been cyberbullied, less than 25 percent of students told an adult about the incident. The study also found that when it comes to online safety from cybercriminals, many students are unaware of best practices, with almost 60 percent of students saying they use the same password across all social media websites.

Unfortunately, it seems like there’s a new story circulating in the news every day about a victim of cyberbullying and the awful ways they were treated by people on the other side of the screen

At Lavasoft, our aim is to keep our customers safe from the growing breadth of online threats. Unfortunately, an antivirus program won’t stop a cyberbully – although we wish it could. Instead, with this survey, we’re aiming to educate parents about their children’s online behavior and the potential factors that could make them more susceptible to cyberbullying – either as a victim or an instigator.

For more information on the survey, please read our press release here

Lavasoft Cyberbullying and Online Safety Infographic

Are Your Keystrokes Being Recorded?

Think about everything you’ve downloaded to your PC over the past six months. Can you remember each program or file you downloaded, and where that download came from? Most likely not, and even if you can, you may have gotten more than you bargained for – in fact, you may be infected with spyware that can be used for keylogging.

What is Spyware?

Spyware is a program installed on your computer – with or without your permission – that can change system configurations, monitor your online activity and send that information back to cybercriminals for them to either sell to third parties or use for their own criminal activity. If your computer has been running slower than usual, your home pages have suddenly changed or you’re constantly seeing annoying pop-ups, your PC may be infected. The milder forms of spyware, known as adware, only cause increased spam and unwanted pop-ups, resulting in some minor annoyances. On the other end of the spectrum, the most harmful forms of spyware can collect, use and distribute your personal information – including banking passwords and credit card numbers – often by recording your keystrokes.

What is Keylogging?

Keylogging is a type of spyware program that records every keystroke made on the keyboard of a computer, captured in the order they are pressed. When in the hands of cybercriminals, keylogging can have disastrous effects – using your personal information, like login credentials and credit card information, for online fraud or identity theft. Through keylogging, cybercriminals can gain access to everything from usernames and passwords, to PIN codes and Social Security numbers. Worst of all, without the proper tools in place, this type of spyware can often go undetected as there are no obvious signs when a keylogging program is in use.

Malware writers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, combining traditional forms of spyware with traditional viruses, and often disguising their spyware and keylogging programs as legitimate pieces of software. As a result, it can be difficult for some anti-spyware programs to accurately detect malicious keylogging software. Be sure to choose an anti-virus/anti-spyware program that can accurately label keylogging programs as spyware or a virus.

But I Don’t Download Unsafe Programs…

Even if you are careful when browsing the Internet and downloading software programs or other files, spyware can infiltrate your PC. Unfortunately, malicious applications are often bundled as a hidden component of free software or shareware programs that can be downloaded from both third-party and legitimate sites – meaning everyone is at risk.

The most common methods of spyware infection are through exploits of unpatched operating systems, Web browsers and software programs. Unfortunately, if you’re still using Windows XP, that can also put you at a higher risk. Microsoft no longer distributes security patches for the operating system, so any existing security vulnerabilities that are found will not be patched. If malware authors find a vulnerability in the system, they can and will exploit it knowing that it won’t be fixed.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Of course, just like staying safe from real-world crime, the best way to protect against cybercrime is to use common sense. Don’t click on suspicious links, always check the URL before logging into a site (phishing sites often look identical to their legitimate counterparts), change your password across different sites, don’t open emails from unknown senders and always keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software updated. At a minimum, make sure your PC is armed with the right tools to keep your information safe – anti-virus and anti-spyware software (such as the security offered in Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +, Ad-Aware Personal Security and Ad-Aware Pro Security), and a two-way firewall are the bare necessities for protecting your computer. To ensure all your bases are covered, consider an all-in-one security solution, such as Ad-Aware Total Security, which provides anti-malware, a firewall, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and much more – ensuring complete online protection.

$45m raised for the Montreal Community

We did it.

With Stephen Bronfman at the helm of this year’s Combined Jewish Appeal campaign, we raised $45.2m for the neediest in our community and worldwide.

I was proud to chair this year’s Sephardic Campaign and even prouder to work with the most committed and fun team I’ve had the pleasure to deal with:   Arlene Abitan, Neil Uditsky, Helene Amar-Langburt, Karen Aflalo and Kat Issenman.

Thank-you also to all the generous donors that have made this year’s campaign so successful and who dig in their pockets to make the life of others so much better.

You can read the CJN Summary here:   http://www.cjnews.com/canada/montreal-cja-campaign-projects-45-million-total