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July 23rd, 2014

Should small and medium-sized businesses be worried about PoS attacks?

Customers are vulnerable at the moment of purchase.

Most U.S. merchants cannot detect fraud at the point of sale.

One of the most dangerous places in America is your local retailer. Before you leave the building with your purchases, you run the risk of having your identity stolen.

No doubt you recall the 2013 security breaches at Target, Michael’s, and Neiman Marcus where millions of records were compromised by Point-of-Sale (PoS) attacks. PoS occurs when the customer makes a payment to the merchant. That last exchange is the most vulnerable.

Large retail merchants lead the list by 50% of organizations where consumers’ data was compromised in 2013, followed by credit card issuers and consumer banks, according to the #DataInsecurity Report done by the National Consumers League, in cooperation with Javelin Strategy & Research. The #DataInsecurity Report also revealed that 61% of data breach victims reported the breached information was used to commit fraud against them.

This should not come as a surprise. According to the Nilson Report, approximately $4 trillion dollars was paid with credit, debit, and prepaid cards in the U.S. last year. Add to that the ready availability of code to execute PoS attacks available on underground forums and you have the perfect storm of a large victim pool for cybercriminals. The U.S. is an easy target since EMV cards (cards with chips embedded) have not been widely adopted. EMV, conceived between Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is a standard securing payments in other countries.

Cybercriminals don’t care about the size of your business

U.S. banks are slow to upgrade to "Smart cards" with embedded chips

U.S. banks are slow to upgrade to “Smart cards” with embedded chips.

Although most of the PoS attacks highlighted in the media were against large retailers, cybercrooks don’t care how large or small your business is. You would think they would, but cybercriminals are more interested in raking in the money rather than caring about the fame they could possibly receive from attacking a large and popular business. Regardless of its size, if your business has a PoS system to charge customers for products or services, you should be protecting your system to save yourself from a possible attack. PoS attacks not only steal valuable customer information, they can damage your business’s reputation.

The #DataInsecurity Report shows that only 10% of retail fraud victims are confident that retailers can protect their information in the future.

How PoS attacks work

The biggest PoS Trojans, like Dexter, BlackPOS, Minerva, and vSkimmer, have targeted systems and networks running Windows. Read more…

April 23rd, 2014

Facebook is spring cleaning your News Feed

Facebook spam blocks relevant News Feed posts

Spam blocks news Facebook users want to see

Last year, Facebook had the dubious honor of containing more spam than other social networks.

In order to combat this scourge, Facebook recently announced a series of  improvements to the News Feed to help ensure that spammy content does not drown out the posts that people really want to see from friends and Pages they care about.

“The goal of this spring cleaning is to deliver the right content to the right people at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important and relevant to them,” said Facebook.

The clean-up targets three areas: Like-baiting, frequently shared content, and spammy links

Like-baiting is one of the sneakiest scams on Facebook. It’s when a post explicitly asks readers to like, comment, or share the post in order to increase the number of likes and/or shares; in other words, to “Go Viral.”  As we have described in previous posts, the page usually collects the likes, then sells it to the highest bidder to re-purpose for new annoying posts and scams.

Facebook uses this cute animal survey image to illustrate what it considers to be like-baiting.  The text asks the reader what their favorite animal is, with pictures asking for likes, comments, and shares.

Like-baiting is one of the sneakiest scams on Facebook

Facebook found that there was an over-abundance of frequently shared content.

Read more…

April 3rd, 2014

How to reset your avast! Administration Console password

When Albert Schweitzer said “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory” he could not have possibly known how unhappy future Systems Administrators would be when they have a scheduled maintenance window to deploy anti-virus clients throughout the domain, only to realize that the password to log into the console has been forgotten. If this is happening to you,  it may provide you some comfort in knowing that I’ve been there, but luckily enough for me (and you, my forgetful friend), there’s a pretty easy way out of a potentially disastrous situation. With that being said, it brings me great pleasure to publish a guide on a topic of which I am so familiar.

“Enough about your bad memory! How can I reset my password already?!” You say?
Well that depends on which console you’re using. If you’re using SOA, read below. If you’re using EA, click here to jump straight to it. Regardless, be sure to be logged in with administrative privileges, as they will be required.

How to reset the password for avast! Small Office Administrator

To reset the Small office Administrator password, enter the following into a command prompt:

“C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Administration Console\Avast.Sbc.Service.exe” –c password -p NewPassword

…where:

“C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Administration Console\Avast.Sbc.Service.exe” is the installation path to the file. And –c password –p NewPassword are the application switches. Do leave –c password intact, but change the newpassword field to the password of your choice.
If the application cannot be found from its default installation path, simply search for it from the Start menu, and when you’ve found it, right click it and go to properties. The fields target and location will provide the full path, though you will have to add the file name [Avast.Sbc.Service.exe] and the switches described above to the end.

 The results should look like this: The screenshot below will change the password to “NewPassword”

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If you have entered the command successfully, you’ll get the confirmation message below. Read more…

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March 25th, 2014

AVAST is the most known antivirus brand in the world. What does this mean for our business partners?

Over the years AVAST has gained an impressive number of users: Over 200 million worldwide.

How did AVAST grow into the most trusted security product provider in the world? 

We got there by launching a very successful freemium business model. We give a quality product, avast! Free Antivirus, away for free. Customers like it and recommend it to others. In addition to the free product, we offer paid-for consumer solutions and a business products line.

AVAST Software does not invest money into advertising; we are mostly growing via recommendations and huge social media communities.

The free product is great, but how do the paid-for products compare? av

We all know very well that when making a decision to buy a product, we would rather go for something which is known and our friends, family or colleagues recommend instead of getting something which we have never heard about and none can really refer to.

While making sales and offering products to customers, partners are often asked for testimonials. Recommendations provided by your existing, satisfied customers, are available but usually it is not enough! Especially in the IT and security sectors, it is crucial to show your customer proof provided by IT authorities and official comparatives results. Although AVAST is known as a provider of free software, at the same time, our products score top positions in many comparative tests. Read more…

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March 5th, 2014

How to reinstall the avast! Endpoint Protection client

howto2_enRecently we started a new corner in our blog, SMB/Business, to talk about the avast! business product line. We will focus on topics which are come up during our conversations with resellers and their clients.

Today we will present a quick guide to answer this question:

How can I correctly reinstall the avast! Antivirus client?

Whether you’ve used avast! Antivirus for a long while, manage a large organization, or simply installed the wrong product,  it is imperative that you understand the correct uninstallation procedure before installing a different avast! Antivirus product.

The following guide will help you through the process.

  1. 1.  Navigate to add/remove programs, and uninstall the relevant avast! Antivirus product.
  2. 2.  Download avastclear.exe from here, and save it to your desktop.
  3. 3.  Start Windows in safe mode. (Safe mode is an operating mode that uses only the most fundamental driver and application set required to start the operating system.)

Windows XP, Vista, 7

To get to safe mode in Windows XP, Vista or 7 –  Restart your machine, and continuously tap the F8 key. You will then be presented with an Advanced Options Menu, where you can chose to boot from safe mode.

Windows 8

To get to safe mode in Windows 8 –  Go to the start screen and type Advanced into the search field. When the search results appear, click the settings category and navigate to the Advanced startup options screen.  Clicking restart now will take your computer directly to the advanced startup mode, from there click troubleshoot, then at the startup settings menu press F4 to enable safe mode. Your machine will then restart to safe mode.

  1. 4.  Open the avastclear.exe file you downloaded, and navigate to the root of the previous installation directory. Ex: C:\Program Files\AVAST Software.
  2. 5.  Click remove and restart your machine.

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Using the add/remove programs in Windows is not always 100% effective

Enjoy our business solutions! To find more information about SMB products, please follow this link: http://www.avast.com/business

For our existing business partners we also offer products training, which can be found here: http://avast.enterprisetube.com/

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February 26th, 2014

Why you should join the AVAST Business Partner Program.

Most of you know avast! Antivirus as a free antivirus solution that provides comprehensive protection for consumers. With over 211 million users, including small companies up to enterprise using avast! Endpoint Protection, avast! is the most trusted antivirus protection in the world.

bs3AVAST business product facts:

  • AVAST has over 3,000 business partners worldwide and the number is growing!
  • The avast! Endpoint Protection business line offers products to fit your needs and budget
  • Light, easy-to-deploy and manage with the same award-winning antivirus designed for SMB needs!
  • Our business products are easily manageable, so you and your clients don’t have to be  IT experts to make your business secure!

The AVAST Partner Program

The AVAST Partner Program team has prepared rewarding programs for our business partners. New partners are welcomed with a special package to help them grow their business with AVAST immediately.

We have a great partner program for AVAST resellers, providing sales leads, project support as well technical support and training. Our aim is simple; provide best-in-class products with a best-in-class engagement model. We want to keep it simple, effective and fun ~ said Peter Baxter AVAST VP – WW Channels & Corporate Products. For more follow this link.

contact usInterested in joining AVAST?

It‘s easy!  Just fill in a partner application form, and we will take care of the rest. One of our team members will contact you within 2 business days and get you on your way to being an official AVAST business partner.

What are the next steps?

After the resellers agreement has been finalized, our sales representative will get in touch with you and agree on the next steps at your convenience. Shortly after the registration we will invite you for welcome training where you will learn more about our Endpoint Protection  solutions and our business model. Read more…

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January 30th, 2014

AVAST expands its SMB portfolio.

Text written in cooperation with Magdalena Kuberacka 

AVAST Software is a well known brand thanks to its multi awarded avast! Free Antivirus. However, AVAST is much more than just a great free antivirus solution you probably use on your home computer. Our avast! Business Solutions present portfolio of products designed especially for the Small and Medium Business and offered both online and through our advanced network of business partners representing our brand locally.

AVAST expanded its SMB portfolio and products compatibility.

Starting from January, avast! Endpoint Protection compatibility now includes full support for all Microsoft Windows versions from Windows XP through Windows 8.1. This means that small and mid-sized businesses don’t have to compromise on security, while using a mix of older PCs with the latest Windows tablets, touchscreens and convertible Windows 8.1 devices.

The avast! Business Solutions portfolio has recently expanded to include avast! SecureLine VPN, providing safe public hot-spot connection. This solution is both conveniently packaged and favorably priced, from 5 PCs and up, to fit the needs of small and medium businesses. This solution is offered exclusively via AVAST Business partners. Read more…