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Today we released the February edition of OUCH!, the free, monthly security awareness newsletter. Led by Malware expert and SANS instructor Lenny Zeltser, we explain what Malware is, who is creating it, and how to protect yourself.  In addition, we just added Indonesian to this release.  OUCH! is now translated into 23 languages.  We had several goals with this release.

  1. The first was to explain what Malware is.  We the security community like to use technical terms such as Trojan, Rootkit, Virus, or Worm, each with its own unique (and confusing) definition.  These terms no longer matter.  Malware is simply software that often combines the functionality of all them.  And to be honest, people do not need to know the different terms.  All they need to know is Malware is evil and they do not want it.
  2. We also wanted to address some misconceptions with Malware, especially with Anti-virus.  Far too often people feel they are 100% secure when they have AV, that they cannot get infected.  Unfortunately, we know that this is not true and explain as such in the newsletter.
  3. Finally,  we wanted people to know that ultimately, they themselves are the best defense they have.  Since so many malware attack vectors depend on social engineering, an educated person is the best defense.

Next month we will cover Windows XP and how Microsoft will no longer support it starting 08 April. As always, you can download and share the latest version of OUCH from security-awareness.sans.org/ouch-newsletter.