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July 8th, 2013

Security tips from AVAST Forum Evangelists

The AVAST forum is one of our largest and most active communities, with more than 300,000 users. The most active people on the forum are called Evangelists. They spend a great deal of their free time answering user questions and helping to sort out issues of all kinds. You can meet them on the AVAST forum, where you can get assistance and support any time.

forum evangelists

Because of the Evangelists’ extensive experience and knowledge, we asked them to share their top tips on maintaining a secure computer or device. Here are their main tips:

  • Keep Windows and all other programs up-to-date (especially browsers and avast! Antivirus) and use only official sites for updating. For more convenience, you can use the avast! Software Updater feature to do it. Avoid P2P, cracks, patches and pirated software. On Android, use Google Play as the app source.
  • Don’t be a happy clicker, especially on social media sites and while installing programs. Always install programs via the custom mode and read the screens before clicking next. If something looks fishy, it probably is.
  • Take care about the sites you visit, knowing that legitimate websites can also be hacked. Use avast! SafeZone for web browsing whenever possible, especially while using online banking.  AVAST also provides a full isolated environment called avast! Sandbox.
  • Use different and strong passwords: Numbers, upper and lower case letters, symbols, etc. avast! EasyPass could help you manage this.
  • Keep your anti-malware protection always on, for instance, while gaming and installing programs. Community games are usually safer than the supposed official games you find online. Take extra care – or avoid completely – free public cheats for multiplayer games, especially downloaded from third party URLs.
  • Be alert for social engineering scams and emails. Do not open attachments from an unknown sender. Remember that not everyone is really your friend. Always use common sense.
  • Have backup strategies: When, what, local and remote. Remember: Better safe than sorry. AVAST offers an online backup solution too.
  • Use a firewall that manages the access of applications to the internet. Take care on open WiFi hotspots. At home, be sure to use strong WiFi passwords.

Special thanks to our AVAST forum members who have contributed these tips: Bob, Charyb, Essexboy, Omid, George Yves, Iroc, Donovan, Polonus, Ylap, Mac, Para-Noid, Coolmario, Dwarden and Jeffce. If you ever have a question, please log on to the AVAST forum and ask. Our forum evangelists are happy to assist you.

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  1. July 8th, 2013 at 21:11 | #1

    The following may make this very clear and stress it’s importance:
    http://youtu.be/ccOQUT-HEcY

  2. July 8th, 2013 at 23:52 | #2

    Very well written and cover almost every essential point.

  3. Tech
    July 9th, 2013 at 00:20 | #3

    Omid Farhang :

    Very well written and cover almost every essential point.

    Thanks Omid. Let’s share free what we received for free!

  4. Omio
    July 9th, 2013 at 04:25 | #4

    Don’t forget to ask other users about similar experiences. If possible, isolate all the variables about things.

    If you want to get paranoid, have a machine meant as an “isolated sandbox” so that if things go sour, no important items are compromised immediately.

  5. July 9th, 2013 at 16:58 | #5

    Currently, I am using Avast free edition. And love it.
    My question is this: other than the Windows Firewall, what are the best firewall program i can install preferably free version?

    thanks again for the tips

  6. Tech
    July 9th, 2013 at 21:00 | #6

    yegeta :

    Currently, I am using Avast free edition. And love it.
    My question is this: other than the Windows Firewall, what are the best firewall program i can install preferably free version?

    thanks again for the tips

    Yegeta, the avast! firewall is not a free feature. You can ask for 3rd party solutions for free at forum.avast.com. Thanks.

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