One year ago, Avast launched avast! Free Antivirus for Mac, and celebrated with our first photo contest. The results were outstanding – we received 50,000 photos with “APPLE” as the topic, and our Facebook page became the 5th fastest growing page worldwide during the first week of the competition!
Your enthusiatic reponse told us that:
- You are playful
- You like to compete for nice prizes
- You love social media and avast
Enter our new Photo Contest and Win!
We are happy to introduce a new photo contest. This time, however, we leave it up to your creativity. Your assigment is simple: Show us your creativity and visual interpretation of our slogan avast! Be free!
The AVAST Software social media team love challenges; it stimulates our creativity. Despite the fact that there is hardly any way to photograph antivirus software, we decided to establish an official AVAST channel at Instagram. “A picture is worth a thousand words”! We fell for this inspiring and creative social network, so please check us out!
Meet avast! teddy bear
Just like avast! Antivirus, our teddy bear can be found all over the world. He is a great protector, a cute travelling companion, and loves to Be Free. Read more…
A picture is worth more than a thousand words.
Unidentified suspects “slightly redesigned” the office of Ondřej Vlček, CTO at AVAST. Check it out!
Part time job for a social media agent
Do you blog, comment, respond, post, chat, like, re-tweet, add to circles, pin…? Do you monitor what’s hot on social media in your language? Do you have 2 hours a day that you can fully dedicate to avast! social media? Can you be the eyes and ears of avast! in your country as if your own reputation depended on it?
We seek a highly motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging and community participation to simply communicate with avast! followers in your mother tongue. You will help us approach new users in your country, so we can spread avast! Free Antivirus across the globe!
This is a part time position – at least 10 hours a week
That will not happen to you
They say size doesn’t matter… however, at Twitter it actually does! How can you express yourself, knowing that you MUST use no more than 140 characters? How can you tell everything about Avast and still fit within this number? How can you respond to Avast users knowing this limitation? Well, by setting up and communicating daily via our avast! Twitter account, we have accepted this challenge and now we have one for you… But before we get there, let me tell why you should start following us on Twitter.
We are excited to share news with you. Our two-person, social media team now offers professional support. Since December 2012 Peter Bucek has been helping us respond to your technical and customer care inquiries in English, Spanish, and of course, Czech language. We are pleased to welcome Peter on the board and introduce him to YOU.
I have known Peter since I started 5 years ago with AVAST Software. When I joined the company in 2008 we have been working together in the support team. Peter is a very friendly, kind and cheerful person, always willing to help not only the customers but also other colleagues. Despite the rather routine job, he kept his creative and innovative attitude towards everyday tasks. He came up with idea of creating video manuals. Now thanks to Peter we can easily check: How to download, install and customize avast! Antivirus. He is a proud father of two lovely kids: a boy Jonáš and a girl Emma .
So let’s hear the voice of Peter.
Peter has worked in AVAST Software since November 2006. Peter, how, in your opinion, has the company changed during this time and how is our support team changing?
On October 17, I have received the invitation for the event: Win8 BugHunt. As the only lady invited to this event I felt really flattered. However I had no clue what is this event actually about … So I did my “InfoHunt” and this is what I have discovered:
Instead of running a “boring” test on a compatibility between avast! Antivirus and Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating system, Lukáš Hasík (director of QA team*) along with Michal Vaněk (Senior Quality Assurance Engineer) decided to organize a competition. They invited, exclusively selected, eleven AVAST employees to the internal test called Win8 BugHunt. The goal of a test was simple: find as much bugs as possible in the shortest period.
All eleven participants had to install the latest version of Windows® 8 OS and start testing the latest internal built of avast! Free Antivirus. Each participant was given two hours to pass 10 assignments. The idea was to follow a “regular avast! user experience”. I myself decided to participate as a neutral watcher and follow others struggling with their ten tasks, which were following:
- Provide a custom installation of avast! Free Antivirus in a trial mode
- Install selected browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari)
- Test a functionality of a Browser protection: WebRep, SiteCorrect, Phishing
- Test Remote Assistance feature
Who will it be?
When Martin Zima of the Avast Marketing team established the avast! Facebook page on December 2nd, 2008, he could not imagine, that nearly four years later this page would have two million fans! That’s a 2 with six zeros – 2,000,000. None of us could imagine it. And now, we are waiting in anticipation to welcome our 2 millionth Facebook fan.
Who will it be?
Let me give you the bigger picture: avast! antivirus is a Czech product; AVAST Software has it’s HQ in Prague; Prague has less than 1.3 million inhabitants, and the entire Czech Republic struggles to reach 11,000,000 people. Having a Facebook page with 2,000,000 fans is an outstanding result, and we can say that we are likely the biggest Czech-founded page in the world.
This however is not our success alone, but YOURS too. Without your LIKES, we wouldn’t be getting ready for this celebration. Therefore we are preparing some nice surprises for you. Every celebration however requires some preparation. This “for play” can sometimes be even more enjoyable than the actual party.
We estimate that we will reach 2,000,000 fans around October 27th. Maybe the 2 millionth fan will be one of your friends. YOU can help us speed this process up, so we can celebrate sooner. How? Every day we will have a little quiz, poll, or question for you. Every day you will get a chance to win a license for avast! Internet Security or avast! Pro for Mac. Every day you will get a chance to have your picture on our cover image along with your “FREEky Security Tip of the Day.”
Invite your friends to become avast! fans and participate as well, as the most active fans (check your position as avast! TOP FREEk here) will be awarded with… No, I don’t want to spoil the surprise. We will keep you posted.
Follow our Facebook page, answer our quizzes, invite your friends. Simply have fun celebrating 2,000,000 fans with avast!
On June 14 – 15, AVAST Software welcomes its global business partners to Prague, Czech Republic for an annual meeting. There are nearly 3,000 AVAST Software resellers worldwide, and this year we will host representatives from fourteen European countries, three countries from Asia, and three from North and Central America.
The main topic of this year’s gathering will be AVAST Software’s new line of business products. On June 4, 2012, the new avast! Endpoint Protection portfolio was launched, bringing the world’s most popular antivirus to the workplace in a user-friendly package. The launch of a business security product line is a fantastic opportunity to bring business partners together to discuss company strategy, development plans, technical and sales opportunities, and exchange business experiences.
We had an overwhelming response from the avast! community for our photo contest celebrating the launch of avast! Free for Mac. Over 50,000 submissions were entered through our Facebook fan page, and approximately 6,000 photos have been chosen to win one of five Apple MacBook Air computers. Now the voting is underway!
The rules were simple – in honor of avast! Free for Mac we asked you to take a photo of yourself with an apple. At 50,000 plus photos, your response exceeded our expectations! Again, you have proven how creative you are. Your photos were funny, original, and humorous. Simply amazing.
To show our appreciation for your contributions (and give you a chance to look through the photos) we are extending the voting period and giving away 100 free licenses of avast! Internet Security at the same time!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The voting period is extended to June 14.
2. Fans who vote and share information about our contest with their friends – our top 100 avast! FREEks – will receive a free license of avast! Internet Security.
You are! Many of you already support other members of our community with security tips and avast! -related advice. You support each other, interact with us and spread the word about avast! Free Antivirus. We want to thank you by recognizing your engagement and loyalty. You become one of our avast! Top FREEks by doing what you have always done – like, post, share – and for this contest – VOTE! The more you interact, the more points you earn, and the more opportunity you have to get rewards.
So please check out the amazing gallery of pictures submitted in the avast! Free for Mac competition and vote, share, earn points, and get rewards!