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April 22nd, 2014

How to recycle your old PCs and phones on Earth Day and everyday

At AVAST, our commodity is brain power and electronic bits and bytes, but we still do our part to preserve and protect the environment.

Recycle old computers and phones for Earth Day

A question that plagues companies like ours, as well as schools, small businesses, and countless households across the world is this:

When electronics get old or lose their usefulness, what do you do with them?

The electronic devices we depend on, like PCs, servers, and smartphones are manufactured from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, that must be extracted and processed. Donating or recycling electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution.

Did you know?

  • The original owner keeps a laptop computer for only three years and will discard their cell phone after only 24 months.
  • Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. (EPA)
  • For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.

Donate or Recycle: Where to take you old devices

It’s better for everyone if you can find a place that excepts a donation. Look for foundations and charities in your area – but realize that they don’t want to inherit a bunch of junk, so make sure it’s in good working condition. In the US, the National Cristina Foundation will put you together with organizations in your community that reuse technology for people with disabilities, at-risk students, and economically disadvantaged persons.

If you want to recycle, look for a reputable electronics recycling program. In the US, retailer Best Buy has a Recycling Program certified to e-Stewards standards. They even take large appliances. Manufacturers like Dell and Apple have their own programs, so look them up in your area.

Protect your security before donating or recycling

Your computer and phone are filled with personal and financial information. Since identity theft is one of the fastest growing cybercrimes, you must take precautions.

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April 15th, 2014

AVAST helps user recover stolen phone; brother gets shot fighting thieves

Shahrukh Humayun's smartphone was stolen

Shahrukh Humayun’s smartphone was stolen

Two brave brothers fight off mobile phone thieves in Pakistan market.

We have heard stories about how avast! Mobile Security’s anti-theft feature has helped people recover their lost or stolen phones, but nothing as dramatic as Shahrukh Humayun’s tale of bravery.

Twenty year old Shahrukh and his 17-year old brother, Shoaib, live in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, the “twin city” to the capital, Islamabad. “Pindi” is a thriving urban area with good hotels, restaurants, museums, parks, and numerous markets and bazaars. It’s in one of those busy marketplaces that their story begins.

Shahrukh and Shoaib went to the market one day and were held up at gunpoint by thieves that demanded Shahruck’s HTC EVO smartphone.  Acting bravely to defend the expensive and precious device, Shoaib fought back against the bandits. They shot the teenager in the leg, stole the phone and fled the scene.

In his own words, Shahrukh described what happened:

Respected Avast! Team

I love the avast! android application as it helped me in catching the thieves who stole my mobile when I was in the market.

The story of the incident is that I visited market with my brother and I had a HTC EVO 3D X515m at that time. The thieves called me on the gun point while the area was empty. They asked me for the mobile and when my brother tried to take action they shot him on the leg.

Well, eventually I received an sms from avast that the sim have been changed. I checked my mobile as the GPS was active. I told the police about the incident on the same day and they found the thieves after 8 hours through the Google GPS connected with avast map.

Thank you avast!. Love you

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Shoaib Humayun fought theives

All of us at AVAST were touched by the courage of these two young men when faced with danger. We are happy that our anti-theft product proved to be so useful in finding and recovering the phone. More than that, we were concerned about Shoaib. How has he fared since the incident?

Shahrukh gave us an update:

My brother is braver than me. As a result of that bravery he showed his best loyalty to me by fighting with those bandits and got shot on his leg. This event have passed 8 months and he got no sign of bruises on his leg. But thank God he is fine.

Thank you avast for helping me fight these bandits against their unlawful behavior for the country.

 

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April 7th, 2014

New AVAST survey shows people not so smart with smartphone security.

Smartphone owners are careless about security, says survey.

Guys are more likely to get a virus on their smartphone than girls (36% vs 32%), and more than one third (34%) of survey respondents don’t have any anti-theft or antivirus security on their smartphones. Add to that nearly half of the people AVAST polled in the US said they did not back up their data or know if they did on their mobile devices. This is despite nearly one in ten saying they had lost their phone or it was stolen in the last 12 months. These results are from a recent smartphone survey conducted for antivirus software company, AVAST.

AVAST Software mobile security survey

AVAST surveyed 9,060 people earlier this year in the US about smartphone ownership and use and have released the results today. Read more…

March 31st, 2014

Backup your phones and PCs on World BackUp Day!

Your world is on your mobile devices and PC: Your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Unfortunately, you can lose it in an instance. For those folks who haven’t backed up their files, that means disaster. Today is World BackUp Day. Be prepared. Backup your files on March 31st.
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Did you know?

  • 113 cellphones are lost or stolen every minute of every day
  • More men (60%) than women (47%) frequently back up their data
  • Women are more at risk than men if their smartphone is stolen or lost, because they do not protect their personal data and information as well as men do.

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Back up your Android phone or tablet

Malware is a growing threat to the Android platform, but because of the small size of our devices, loss and theft is still the bigger threat. Men are more careful about the safety and security of their cellphones than women. We learned that curious fact from an avast! survey conducted last summer,  Lost or Stolen Smartphone: The Consequences are Bigger for Women Than for Men.

avast! Mobile BackUp is available for Android phones and tablets and comes in two different versions.

  1. 1. The standalone free version provides you with basic backup options: Contacts, text messages, pictures, and call logs.
  2. 2. If you would like to backup music, video, and apps, then you need to buy the Premium version. This can be done later, from within the free version.

Get free avast! Mobile BackUp from Google Play. After you install avast! Mobile BackUp, your current data will be backed up to your AVAST Account and Google Drive.

Back up your PC

avast! BackUp is an online backup and recovery service that allows you to backup your entire computer or select sets of data or individual files you want to back up. You can choose the storage capacity you need, and for a few bucks a month, rest assured that your files are safe in case disaster strikes.

Try avast! BackUp free for 30 days. During that time, you’ll get 25 GB for your files.

March 31st is World Backup Day. Take the pledge now, then take action:

I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.

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February 26th, 2014

Lost your phone? avast! Anti-Theft helps get it back!

Our AVAST mobile security developers labored over an ingenious feature that we hope you will never have to use. Losing your mobile phone may cause you to have a panic attack and cry uncontrollably, but if it happens to you, you can dry your tears because you have tools to find your phone when you install avast! Free Mobile Security with Anti-Theft.

What is avast! Anti-Theft?

avast! Anti-Theft is a separate program included in avast! Free Mobile Security. You can install it at the same time as the avast! Mobile Security product, or later as a separate installation. Its unique capabilities help you recover your phone by controlling it remotely with SMS commands or via the internet by logging in to your AVAST account.

Since Anti-Theft is a stand-alone application, once its launched, it hides itself, making it completely invisible to a potential thief. Read more…

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January 28th, 2014

avast! SecureLine protects your Android or iPhone from cybercriminal surveillance

post-enEven with precautions like complex passwords, limiting what you share on Facebook, and avoiding banking on unsecure WiFi networks, we know now that our online  searches, websites we visit, and emails we send can easily be snooped on by cybercrooks. Public WiFi at the local coffee shop or airport is convenient, but it’s not safe. Cybercrooks can easily access and steal your personal data when you connect to these unprotected networks.

“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer at AVAST. “We created avast! SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open WiFi.”

AVAST has offered a VPN service with all of AVAST’s free and premium products. Now we have avast! SecureLine for Android and updated for iOS devices, so you can securely use your PCs, smartphones, and tablets on unsecure WiFi networks while traveling or in your favorite cafe. Read more…

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January 28th, 2014

avast! SecureLine protects your Android or iPhone from cybercriminal surveillance

post-enEven with precautions like complex passwords, limiting what you share on Facebook, and avoiding banking on unsecure WiFi networks, we know now that our online  searches, websites we visit, and emails we send can easily be snooped on by cybercrooks. Public WiFi at the local coffee shop or airport is convenient, but it’s not safe. Cybercrooks can easily access and steal your personal data when you connect to these unprotected networks.

“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer at AVAST. “We created avast! SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open WiFi.”

AVAST has offered a VPN service with all of AVAST’s free and premium products. Now we have avast! SecureLine for Android and updated for iOS devices, so you can securely use your PCs, smartphones, and tablets on unsecure WiFi networks while traveling or in your favorite cafe.

“Hackers target public hotspots, where it’s easy to follow every move that users of the WiFi connection make, allowing them to access emails, passwords, documents, and browsing behavior,” said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer of AVAST Software. “Open WiFi is not going away – we just need to make sure there’s a more secure way to connect, which is why we offer avast! SecureLine VPN for PCs, iPads, iPhones and Android devices.”

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January 6th, 2014

Smartphones need protection in the Middle East and Africa

The mobile landscape in the Middle East and North African (MENA) regions are changing at a phenomenal speed. Nearly 526 million people in the region will have a mobile handset this year with only the Asia-Pacific region having more mobile users – both significantly more than in North America or Western Europe.

AR AMSpost-enSmartphones are the most desired devices among students and young professionals (18 to 34 years old), with the Android platform being the most popular, which means that security protection is essential.

“Especially if you are running an Android device, you absolutely need to install a security product,” said Ondrej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer at AVAST Software. “Our developers continuously keep an eye out for emerging security issues in order to invent new solutions to provide our customers with bullet-proof protection. With avast! Mobile Security we catch smartphone thieves in the act and we safeguard customer’s valuable personal information,” said Vlček.

AVAST detected an average of 1,839 new mobile malware samples a day, about 60 to 70% of which were designed to send and charge mobile users for premium SMS.

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Middle East consumers’ interest

What security risks do users in MENA face?

Consumers in the MENA regions are similar to other consumers in their interests. Seventy-nine percent say that they will shop using their smartphones. Games and weather apps are the most popular, followed by social networking apps. Overall, 83% of the 100 most popular apps are associated with security risks and privacy issues, therefore it is expected that there will be a growing need throughout MENA for security applications such as avast! Mobile Security.

avast! Mobile Security is the top-rated mobile security app by users in the Google Play store, by leading technology publications and by independent testing organizations. In addition to AV-Test’s certification, PC Magazine and Laptop have rewarded avast! Mobile Security with Editor’s Choice awards.

Looking for AVAST software solutions in Egypt? Softex Software House has been an AVAST partner in Egypt for more than four years, and is ready to serve you. Read their latest press release about avast! Mobile Security.

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December 19th, 2013

The No. 1 app you need for your Android phone now

avast! Mobile Security is the number 1 app you need on your Android phone. Not convinced? If you already have an Android phone in your pocket, or if a new mobile phone or tablet is on your Christmas wish list, read this story shared with us by Jennifer:

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The number 1 reason Jennifer got her phone back was that she had avast! Mobile Security installed. You need this too, because loss and theft happens all the time. Jennifer ended her story saying that she may install our pro version – if the price was right. Well, Jennifer, from now until the end of December, we are offering you and all other Android owners:

Buy avast! Mobile Premium for your device and get a second license free of charge for a friend!

To get this offer, install our top-rated avast! Mobile Security app, then click on the Go Premium! button and follow the instructions.  Read more about avast! Mobile Security’s features in avast! Mobile Premium: The Ultimate in Mobile Security.

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September 26th, 2013

How to avoid becoming a phone scam victim

HELLO. This is Microsoft tech support and we have detected a serious virus in your computer and we need you to log on right away so we can help you.

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Have you ever received a phone call like this, without actually requesting support? The call itself should already raise your suspicions. However, when you are asked to provide your personal data or credit card credentials, warning lights should be flashing.

Recently journalists, bloggers, and even Microsoft itself warned against the “Microsoft calling scam.” The Microsoft phone scam is just one example of thousands of similar offers reported daily. Scammers can be very creative and do not hesitate to take advantage of people’s trust. They are well prepared and trained, so we need to beware and ready to react fast.

What should raise you suspicions?

  • You receive a call with an offer of a service you never requested
  • You receive a call / email / social media message claiming you won a prize from a contest you have never participated in
  • The person contacting you is very insistent and wants you to provide access to your personal data or pay in order to receive support or a prize
  • The person contacting you doesn’t provide his/her full contact details
  • The person contacting you requests access to your PC, personal information, or credit card.

What to do, if you suspect it’s a scam

  • Ask how they got your number or contact information Read more…
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