Millions of people use social networks like Facebook and Twitter every day to share photos, comments, and ideas with their friends and followers. These popular platforms have become magnets for cybercrooks and are used to spread different types of scams. Hackers take advantage of the easy accessibility of data we put online to manipulate or steal them.
The security of AVAST users is a total priority for us. Therefore we monitor and warn you about new threats we discover on social media. We have noticed that while trying to be creative, scammers also run out of ideas and certain type of threats repeat periodically. Hence, we have gathered the top 4 sneakiest scams and prepared a summary of the most typical malicious behavior recently distributed via social networks.
Facebook Photo Scams
Most of us are softies and scammers know it. Who wouldn’t “like” a photo of a child in need if it could help them? Especially if it says: Each time you like the photo, you donate one cent to…, or If I collect 1,000,000 likes my parents will… Like my photo, please! Scammers count on our sympathetic hearts to respond to these calls for help, and we do by clicking like and share. Read more…
Football is fun! It’s exciting, it brings us together… to share, to enjoy, to be proud (or ashamed?) of our favorite teams. Simply put, it creates a spirit of community. And we at AVAST Software realize how important community is. We also know that AVAST has a community of 22,000,000 users in Brazil. Given the fact that Brazil has 200,000,000 inhabitants, shall we say that AVAST protects every 10th football fan in Brazil?
This inspired us to organize a survey in selected countries that were participating in the Confederation Cup that took place in Brazil between 15-30 July. We have asked our Spanish, Brazilian, and Mexican avast! users three questions:
1. Are you going to watch the Confederations Cup match?
2. Which team will be crowned the Confederations Cup champion?
3. Which team will have the worst result in the Confederations Cup?
Following users are awarded for participating and predicting correct results as first. Congratulations to the winners, we will contact you via email!
|Date of participation||Time of participation||Name||Country|
Now, see how the survey engaged AVAST users and how participants actually responded!
Success of the last Hashtag challenge, available across the social media platforms, convinced us to continue with this idea. This weekend, we want to introduce you to a new one. Utilize the following Hashtag: “#withoutProtection” to let everybody know what would you never do #withoutProtection. Would that be: sunbathing, travelling, leaving your kids, or maybe risking to leave your PC #withoutProtection…?:) Be creative, be funny, be free.
We will award in the following category:
- Most creative/funny comment
Rules: Read more…
Our first “#useAVAST” Hashtag challenge is over and it’s time to announce the results. As always, YOU have proven what an engaged and creative community AVAST has. We’ve seen plenty of Facebook and Google+ posts and Tweets with your personal recommendations. It has convinced us that we should be giving you this opportunity more often, so Be free to expect some more fun.
As announced in the previous blog, we have selected winners in two categories:
- Most creative/funny recommendation
- Most convincing recommendation
All entries are valuable to us and we appreciate your inventiveness and always-willing-to-participate attitude! Congratulations to the winners! Please contact us at email@example.com to claim your 1-year license for avast! Premiere, our best-selling antivirus protection.
The Hashtag system, created by Chris Messina in 2007, became Twitter’s trademark. The other social networks, notably Instagram, Google+, and Tumbr followed Twitter’s “Hashtag policy”; however it was still not available on Facebook, until now! Finally, users of the biggest social platform can follow and create conversations across the world, by adding a simple Hashtag symbol (#) before the word.The AVAST Social Media team is very excited about this feature and would like to introduce you to a new #hashtag challenge available across the social media platforms.
Now the fun part: Utilize the following Hashtag: “#useAVAST” to let everybody know why you personally recommend our free Antivirus solution. Be creative, be funny, be free.
We will award in two categories:
- Most creative/funny recommendation
- Most convincing recommendation Read more…
We are pleased to announce the winners of the avast! Be Free photo contest. Entrants were asked to submit an original photo interpreting what the Avast slogan “Be Free” means to them. We received everything from brave adventurers jumping out of planes to friends enjoying a day at the carnival to smiling dogs. The winners not only had to gain votes, but had to successfully show the Avast Marketing Department that they knew what it was to be free.
This infographic displays our top 8 winners playing, exploring and enjoying life. We were happy to see so many entrants from Brazil, the United States, and India, but also delighted to hear from fans in places as diverse as Martinique, Kosovo, and Kuwait. Thank you for inviting your friends to participate as well – nearly 93,000 invitations were sent on Facebook.
Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun, and contest information, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram
Users of social networks save and share huge amount of data and become a favorite target of potential attacks. Therefore we, at AVAST Software educate You about online security and how to protect your privacy on social media. Check a new security feature, introduced recently by Twitter.
With a growing amount of new users and increasing numbers to log in, Twitter decided to introduce a new feature. Login verification is another security level, preventing from compromising email phishing schemes, as well as breaching of passwords.
How does it work?
We are excited to share news with you. Our social media team has added additional, professional support. Marcus Taveira, our Latino sunshine, joins Peter Bucek to help our community by responding to technical and customer care enquiries on Facebook and Twitter. Marcus responds in Portuguese and English. We are pleased to welcome Marcus to our social media team and introduce him to YOU.
Marcus joined AVAST in 2010. He is smiling, enthusiastic, full of energy and ideas, and willing to help, making him a favorite colleague on the support team. Always ready to jump into a new project, Marcus is a very creative and cheerful person. Marcus is not only a professional member of AVAST’s technical support team, but also a talented musician. You simply CAN’T miss him. Bem-vindo à nossa equipe Marcus!.:) Read more…
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…