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May 23rd, 2014

US schools gain from 5 million free enterprise-grade licenses

MKT-3368_blog_image_blhd01We’re really excited by the popularity of our Free for Education program. It’s growing so much that we recently reached the 5 million milestone for the number of free licenses issues. This means that over 1/10 computers in schools, libraries and charities in the US could be protected by our enterprise-grade antivirus for FREE already!

Since November 2012 we have given avast! Endpoint Protection Suite, a product which is already purchased by many businesses worldwide, to education institutions in the USA for FREE. Over 4500 institutions have been granted a license for their network, savings schools on average $14,000 per year in antivirus license fees – freeing up much needed budget which can be better spent on other equipment to benefit your students. We’ve recently heard how one school will be  putting their savings towards buying tablets for the classroom – a great investment for future technology.

When you consider what little funding this program has for advertising and promotion (after all, it’s a free project), the numbers we’ve achieved are huge and we hope the program continues this way and more and more schools can benefit from this.

How does a school get avast! Endpoint Protection Suite for free? It’s easy – apply here: www.avast.com/education I personally review and check all applications that come in to verify eligibility – so keep them coming!

Is avast! Free for students? AVAST Free for Education protects you at school and avast! Free Antivirus protects you at home. Students and their parents can use avast! Free Antivirus to help protect their school network further from outside threats. Download from: www.avast.com/students

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May 22nd, 2014

The Majority of Children Have Been Asked to Share Inappropriate Photos and Videos Online – Make Sure Your Child is Protected

Kids are online now more than ever with Internet access at home, school and on-the-go with mobile devices. The United Kingdom’s four largest Internet Service Providers have collectively launched Internet Matters, a non-profit organization that helps parents keep their kids safe online. According to Internet Matters, nine in ten kids under the age of ten go online and 26% of kids between the ages of ten and 13 are online for three or more hours a day.

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Social Media 

Although there is an apparent shift in teens from Facebook to more private social networking apps, like Snapchat, it is still important to talk to your kids about privacy settings and their online reputation. Internet Matters claims that the average number of friends on social networking sites is 272 for kids between the ages of 12 and 15. Sit together with your kids and go through their privacy settings with them. This will help you get a better understanding of how social networks work and will provide you with the opportunity to talk openly about the importance of online privacy. Kids may not realize how harmful social networking sites can be to their reputation and that once something is published online it is difficult to permanently remove and can come back to haunt them.

shutterstock_144042481Cyberbullying and Strangers 

You teach your kids to be kind to others, to tell you or a teacher if a classmate is bullying them and to not talk to strangers – these same rules apply online. Internet Matters states that 60% of teens have been asked to share inappropriate images and videos of themselves. Bullies and sexual predators have an open invitation to your home thanks to the Internet. This makes it vital for you to talk to your kids about who they talk to and what topics they discuss online. Let them know they can come to you if someone bullies them or approaches them in an uncomfortable way, whether it be on social networking sites or in private chats. Make sure your kids only connect with and talk to people they know and trust in real life and never reveal personal information such as their address or inappropriate images under any circumstance.

How do your children go online? Do you use and share mobile devices in your family? Take our anonymous survey here

February 10th, 2014

Top 10 questions about AVAST Free for Education

AVAST_Free_For_EducationThe AVAST Free for Education team spent a week in Orlando, Florida at one of the country’s premier educational technology conferences, FETC. School administrators, IT professionals, media specialists, and educators visited our comfy booth, all curious about what the world’s most trusted antivirus software company was doing there.

Here’s a run-down of the Top 10 questions about AVAST Free for Education:

  1. 1.     What is the Free for Education program?
    AVAST supports education in the USA by making our business-grade security product, which has the same features and performance as paid ones, available for FREE!
  2. 2.     Why are you doing this?

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    There are two good reasons: The first one is technical – we collect threat data from our community of 200 million active users which the Virus Lab uses as a “sensor net” to automate virus research. So whenever we see something suspicious, it automatically gets transmitted to the cloud, and based on the threat data, we create new definitions and stream them back to the whole user base. It’s really quite unique and helps us to leverage the size of our user base, because no other antivirus company has as many users as we do.

The second reason is Free for Education is part of our expansion plan, to simply make US users more aware of avast! Antivirus. We have about 14 million avast! Free Antivirus users in the USA now, but we want that number to increase. Giving our business-grade security product to schools for free will also help us spread the word about our products for home-use and mobile.

  1. 3.     How do you make money?
    This program is not about making money, but improving our detection rate and increasing awareness. That being said, Free for Education participants can add our premium technical support at a special annual rate of only $1 per license. We heard from visitors to our booth, that they would still save money because they were paying about $4 per license with other programs.
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January 25th, 2014

The top 5 things we need to know for our trip to Florida

The team that runs AVAST Free for Education is excited to be attending this year’s Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC 2014) in Orlando, Florida, but also a little nervous about what to expect. Here’s the top 5 things we have been alerted to about our trip to The Sunshine State – Florida, USA!

1. Everything will be AWESOME! Americans are a very positive bunch, and describe everything good with an enthusiastic “Awesome!” So we’re prepared that FETC will be Awesome, Orlando will be Awesome, the weather will be awesome, and of course, AVAST Free for Education is TOTALLY AWESOME!! We will fit right in. ;-) Come see us at booth #356.

2. Everyone smiles. All. The. Time. Again Americans are positive bunch, and it shows on their faces. So even when the conference day is nearing an end, and our faces hurt from smiling at Awesome people and telling our Awesome story, we’ll make an effort to keep smiling. It won’t be hard, because we are genuinely happy to be at FETC.

3. Mickey Mouse is the governor of Florida and the capital is The Magic Kingdom. Need we say more?!

4. Americans don’t know where Prague is. We’ve heard that Americans are not too good at European geography. It doesn’t matter; we don’t know where Kansas is (but I promise we’ll find out!) Conference-goers just need to know which state their school and school districts are in, so we can provide them with free business-grade security protection.

5. Alligators live in every body of fresh water in Florida. We sincerely hope that doesn’t include hotel swimming pools.

We can’t wait to arrive in beautiful Orlando, Florida and spend this next week talking to our Free for Education customers, meeting new people, and saving U.S. schools and districts thousands of dollars a year. Stop by our booth #356 and attend our Learning Lab talk on Friday at 11:40.

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December 2nd, 2013

Forget fundraising! Your school can win $25,000 with AVAST Free for Education

25K-imgForget bake sales, dinner events, auctions, and school carnivals. Protect your school community‘s computers with avast! Free Antivirus and win $25,000 for your school!

The AVAST Free for Education  program has given over 3.5 million free business-grade antivirus software licenses to schools, school districts, universities, and colleges in the USA. Now we are asking those 3,000 schools (and new ones too!) to invite their students, teachers, parents, PTA, and entire school community to try avast! Free Antivirus. The educational institution that gets the highest number of new avast! Free Antivirus users will win $25,000.

Here’s how to win:

First

Make sure you have opened an AVAST Free for Education customer account. You need to be approved to participate. Apply here.

Then

Spread the word about avast! Free Antivirus to everyone, now until January 31, 2014. Share the message by using your unique link (which you can get from your AVAST account) on your webpage, school newsletter, intranet, Facebook page, Twitter account, backpack mail, etc.

Finally

Check your results on your account and watch them grow!

Learn more about the Recommend AVAST for $25,000 competition.

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November 7th, 2013

How to carefully choose safe online shops

howto2_enIn my previous article, I advised you on how to protect yourself against attempts to steal your money while shopping online. I promised to analyze another problem – how to find shops you can trust and recognize those you can’t.

There are many e-shops and online markets on the internet. Some have a perfect reputation, some do not. From time to time there is a headline in the papers about “another fraudulent website” followed by speculation of how much money was actually stolen. How do you screen the good shops from the bad ones? Let us start with a few tips:

You can generally trust

  • Well-known and long established online shops
  • Shops your friends recommend to you, based on their experience
  • Shops with professional-looking websites and working customer support

Be careful when

  • A shop offers goods too cheap – for example a new iPhone for $20
  • Websites with limited functionality and errors
  • A shop hosted in some unusual country – check the domain name in the address bar

Never

  • Respond to offers sent via spam
  • Initiate shopping when you get the alarm from avast! Antivirus, or the web-browser for that e-shop

Reputation services

Beside those tips you can use some crowd-sourced reputation service where people visiting that shop can cast a vote about their experience. This can be very useful. Having a lot of positive feedback is a good sign you can trust the shop in question. Mixed, negative feedback signal potential troubles. When there is limited or even no feedback at all, it means the shop is brand new or not widely used. When you come across a shop like that, be very cautious – most of the fraudulent webs have a short lifespan.

There are two reputation services I can recommend you. The first is our avast! Online Security browser plugin which is a part of avast! installation. The second widely used and reliable is Web Of Trust.

Speaking about the reputation, I have one warning for you. The reputation some shops present about themselves can easily be a product of forgery. When you visit a fraudulent site, it will probably be overfilled by fake positive reviews to lure more victims. Trust the reputation and references from friends or independent sources.

How to pay

When using a smaller online shop, unlike the well-known big ones, it is generally a good idea to not give your credit card details directly, but to use some payment service such as PayPal. In this way you can pay for the goods or service without exposing your crucial information. Another option is a pay-on-delivery service. I would be personally very reluctant to trust my credit card to a shop I have seen for the first time in my life. If such a shop accepts only directly entered credit cards, I would rather go buy somewhere else.

Conclusion

There are many threats lying in wait for internet users.  Stay protected with avast! Antivirus and please, be cautious about where you conduct online transactions. One last thing – please, share these tips; the topics discussed in these two articles are still new for many people, and you certainly don’t want to see your friends or family members falling victim to cybercrooks.

Enjoy the upcoming shopping season!

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November 5th, 2013

How to shop safely online with the new avast! Free and Premium versions

Credit CardSeasonal shopping fever starts with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a few weeks, but we’ve already seen terrific sales offered online by retailers getting an early start. Every year more people make their purchases online, with the intention of saving time and money and avoiding the crowds. There are, however, some people who love the shopping season for different reasons. These are people we all want to avoid – Cybercrooks. They study our shopping behavior with one thing in mind – to take advantage of us for their own profit. Here are a few tips to lower your risk of falling victim to cybercrooks.

Protect your credit card well

The most important rule is to protect your credit card. While shopping online, the only information you generally need to authenticate a payment are the numbers written on both sides of your card. Along with the PIN code, these are crucial for the security of your banking account. Be very careful who you entrust with them.

Remember to

  • Never let anyone write down your card number or take a photo of it
  • Never send those credentials by email, SMS, or tell them over the phone
  • Never give your card to a website you do not trust or which does not use a secured (encrypted) connection
  • Process your credit card data only from a clean (without malware infection) computer
  • Limit the maximum value payable over the internet at your bank

Some of the points mentioned above require in-depth explanation. Let’s take a closer look at them. Read more…

November 4th, 2013

First upgrade to avast! 2014, then to Windows 8.1

win_upgradeAre you ready to make the move to Windows 8.1? Reviews says that with Windows 8.1, Microsoft made some significant improvements, including restoring the much-missed start button. Make sure that your upgrade experience goes smoothly by installing avast! 2014 first.

Avast! 2014 has Windows 8.1 certification which ensures that it meets compatibility standards and performs well on the Windows platform. Older versions of avast! Antivirus do not carry that certification, so if you update to Windows 8.1, it will disable avast! and you will be unprotected.

Make sure you stay protected when upgrading to Windows 8.1

Update to avast! 2014 before you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here’s how:

  • Open the avast! user interface
  • Click on the Maintenance tab
  • Click Update Program
  • The Update screen shows you the overall progress

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  • When it’s done, you will be asked to restart your computer. Click ‘Yes’ to reboot.
  • Once your computer is restarted, you might be asked to install Google Chrome as your default browser. We recommend this safe browser, but you have the option to decline.
  • Click ‘Continue’ to complete the upgrade.

After this, the latest version of avast! Antivirus 2014 is installed on your computer and ready to use. You can now make the upgrade to Windows 8.1 and remain protected.

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November 3rd, 2013

How do I access the avast! Virus Chest?

howto2_enQuestion of the week: What goes into the Virus Chest, and how do I remove what’s inside?

Potentially harmful files are stored in a safe and completely isolated place called the avast! Virus Chest. This area quarantines infected or otherwise suspicious files away from the rest of the operating system so they cannot cause damage to your other files or your computer. When files are in the Virus Chest, they are not accessible to any outside process, software application or virus and also cannot be run there. There is no danger in storing files there.

Accessing the Virus Chest is a bit different in avast! 2014. AVAST Evangelist, Bob G., made a short video showing how to get to it. Watch it now:

 Extracting or Deleting files

If you need to copy a file from the Virus Chest to a specific location, right-click on the desired file (or highlighted multiple files) in the contents table on the Virus Chest screen and select ‘Extract‘ from the menu, then select the location where the file should be saved and click ‘OK’.

Any file in the Virus Chest can be permanently deleted. All you do is right-click on the desired file (or highlighted multiple files) in the contents table on the Virus Chest screen and select ‘Delete’ from the menu. Afterwards, you can check that the deleted file has been removed from the contents table on the Virus Chest screen.

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October 10th, 2013

EDUCAUSE 2013

AVAST Free for Education is proud to sponsor some of the featured sessions at this years EDUCAUSE, which will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California from Tuesday, October 15th until Friday, October 18th.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The association organizes an annual conference whose target group is higher education IT professionals. Just one week remains until this big event, and we are ready for it!

Myself, Stephanie King and my colleague, Che Johnson, will be attending the event and are looking forward to meeting everyone and to answering questions regarding the Free for Education program. We will be located at the Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom C, on Thursday, October 17th. We hope that our sponsorship will make educational IT professionals aware of the possibility they have to save money with our business-grade security product, which has the same features and performance as paid ones, but is unique in that it is FREE!

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To sum it up: If you are a university professional, come to get more information about program, as well as some AVAST Free for Education materials. If you are journalist, stop by to learn more about our program and help us to spread the word about this unbeatable offer. And Corey E.P., as a US school district, you are eligible too. Find out more at at our Free for EDU website You can also apply there. It’s easy and fast.

Hope to see you there!

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