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October 12th, 2013

Cyber awareness tips for people on-the-go

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Most AVAST users take their devices with them to school and work, so we asked for security tips for people on-the-go. Congratulations to Bruno V. from Brazil who wrote the winning tip:

#SecurityTip:

To spend the day with no worries in the rush of daily tasks you need to have the following:

By accessing sites and emails never forget to log off the user account to leave.

Never go to unknown links to check for new information, the rush at the moment you can access places where you usually do not enter.

When doing a search, be wary of information and programs that promise many things without much effort.

Have a program to secure permanent protection, accurate and reliable. In short, have AVAST installed on your computer!

While you take care of your routine, AVAST cares for you!

AVAST protection without worries! 24 hours of dedication to its main asset, you!

Some tips were quite practical, like this one from Val A. of the Philippines:

#1. In rainy days, use Waterproof bag when on the go
#2. Secure the laptop , tablet, smartphone with a password before login (don’t share your password with everyone)
#3. Avoid gadgets in direct sunlight (this is one of the basic protocol)
#4. Disconnect Bluetooth every after use
#5. Don’t let others borrow your laptop, tablet or smartphone specially those whom do you never meet before.

AND LASTLY
#6. Please.  Read the User Manual, Guidelines, Safety and precautions of your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Thanks to all our Facebook fans who shared their security tips with us. These are valuable suggestions for cyber awareness (and rainy days) that we will continue to share with others. Bruno won Round 4 of our #SecurityTip contest and receives a Nexus 7 tablet and a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. Five participants also won a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security for getting the most votes for their tip. Congratulations to:

  • Celedonia S.  from Peru
  • Postolachi D. from Romania
  • Alejandro C. from Mexico
  • Abdul W. from Pakistan
  • Reginald R. from Indonesia

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During this month, we’ll talk more about cybersecurity with AVAST experts and share tips that you can adopt and share.  For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please visit our blog often and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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October 11th, 2013

How to use new graph search on Facebook?

facebook-suchmaschine-graph-searchOn September 30th, Facebook introduced changes on the New Graph Search. Currently available only on desktops, it will be rolled out in phases. Since its release in January 2013, Graph Search has gone through a great transformation. Users are now allowed to search for status history, images, check-ins, comments -  basically anything. The goal is to provide users with enhanced search options, so they can find interesting information without leaving the social network.

How does Facebook Graph Search work?

The top search bar works similarly to a browser search engine. The exception is that it searches within Facebook itself and  requires specific search commands to make your search successful. For example, imagine you are a passionate bowler. You would like to set up a bowling team, however you don’t know any fellow bowlers in your hometown. Now you can log in on Facebook and search using the following search terms:

People who checked in at Bowling Alleys in Los Angeles, California  

You will see all your friends who may have gone bowling without your knowledge,  as well as other people, you may or may not know, who checked in. You can interact with them and, for example, establish a Facebook Interest group, to finally create your dream bowling team.

Another example: You love to travel and you would like to investigate places you are planning to visit ahead. Search for:

Images taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

to preview all public pictures of the place you want to visit. Moreover you can see the comments, recommendations, and tips from others. A final example:

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October 7th, 2013

AVAST users share social media safety tips to build Cyber Awareness

Don’t talk to strangers.

Look both ways before crossing the road.

These little warnings given to children by moms everywhere are meant to make them aware of their surroundings.  Even when we’re grown, we still follow these suggestions. In anticipation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the European Cyber Security Month, we asked AVAST users for cyber awareness tips and gave prizes for those we found most valuable and those that others voted for.

During round 3 of our #SecurityTip contest, we asked about safety on social media,

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Congratulations to Ajla H. of Bosnia and Herzegovina who wrote the winning tip:

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I would recommend my friends to learn how to use privacy and security settings on social networks, because then they can control who sees their posts and control who can contact them. I would also recommend them not to post pictures they wouldn’t want their parents or future employers to see. And my last tip is to keep their personal information to themselves so no one can steal their identity. ;)

Ajla receives a Nexus 7 tablet and a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. A 1-year license for avast! Internet Security went to five participants also asked their friends to vote for their tip. Congratulations to:

  • Guylaine H. from Canada
  • Syed A. from Pakistan
  • Jeff A. from Costa Rica
  • Tanveer A. from Pakistan
  • Kelvin I. from Philippines

Thanks to all our Facebook fans who added their security tips each week. These are valuable suggestions for cyber awareness that we will continue to share with others.

Follow AVAST

During this month, we’ll talk more about cybersecurity with AVAST experts and share tips that you can adopt and share.  For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please visit our blog often and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

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October 5th, 2013

5 questions with: Carlos Dreyfus

1267990_10100352145636202_1137362075_o „Carlos Dreyfus joined AVAST Software in January 2013, to support our multicultural marketing team. Carlos is American with a Colombian background. He moved to Prague from Berlin and before lived in a Sunny Florida, where he graduated from the University of North Florida. Carlos is a passionate football player, beer fan (Germany and Czech Republic are not coincident destination!) and a surfer. He brought not only great professional experience, but also energetic and optimistic Latino spirit into our team. We are very pleased to introduce Carlos to you!“

What is your role at AVAST Software?

I’m the User Experience Specialist for all things marketing.  The job role consists of listening to our users and modifying portions of our website using their feedback, also the position involves creating web things from scratch that give a more positive web experience.  Think of me as the person that makes portions of our website fun, educational, easy to use, etc.

How did an American get to Prague and find his niche at AVAST?

That question comes with a very long story, but I’ll try my best to keep it short.  While traveling the world while finishing graduate school I realized that I wanted to be in Europe, so than I pursued a profession in technology, specifically in web since the internet is everywhere.  After working as a consultant in UX and then as a product manager in eCommerce, I landed this cool job at AVAST Software.  What I’ve done in the past fits nicely with what I’m doing now, it couldn’t have worked out any better.

What do you consider the biggest and most exciting challenge at AVAST Software?

We have almost 200 million users, so the idea of being able to enhance their web experience on avast.com seemed like pretty fun challenge, so as the famous Barney Stinson would say: Challenge Accepted…

Do you have anything exciting coming up? Read more…

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October 4th, 2013

What’s hot on VB2013? – Day 2

We had a second day of VB 2013, and today can definitely be classified as an Android day. Most of the presentations from first three blocks were concentrated on Android threats, potential unwanted applications and Adkits. This gave a strong signal that everyone should take Android security very seriously. Every big antivirus vendor has their own Android security applications, but a main point for me personally was that we should cooperate and share information to fight malware effectively.

In the last presentation block of the day, there were two presenters: First was Milos Korenko with his presentation The Best Things in Life are Free.  I have to admit that listening to Milos is really inspiring. His high level public speaking abilities combined with the fact that he was speaking about such a good company as Avast made it one of the best presentations of the day.

During Miloš’ speech there were two hidden surprises. First, we announced the winners of the beer competition from Virus Bulletin 2012 held in Dallas. The top three from VB2012 are:

1. Dmitry (McAfee)

2. Jiri Bracek (AVG)

3. Roman Kovac (ESET)

The second surprise was from my colleagues in the avast! Virus Lab,  Jaromir Horejsi and Peter Kalnai. Milos finished his speech quite quickly so he could share his free time with our analysts. They presented Are Linux desktop systems threatened by Trojans? Their talk, based on a blog post Hand Of Thief threat, published at the end of August, extended some philosophical thoughts about a real potential for Linux Desktops.

The avast! Beer Bar is open again! On the first day of VB2013, we spent an evening socializing with other colleagues. You can check our website for the beer rankings and see which IT security company has the best score.

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

October 3rd, 2013

VB 2013 has began!

Virus Bulletin 2013 just started today and our company is participating in many ways! This conference is one of the biggest IT security conferences in the world which well known security companies can’t miss. And we are really proud to be there with more than 370  specialist from the security industry. We are a platinum sponsor, we have a few speakers here – but mainly we are the PROUD BEER SPONSORS for all participants.

Here is a quick review of the first day which was a pretty busy one! During the morning the conference started with a welcome speech from Virus Bulletin editor Helen Martin, and then the technical and corporate streams, represented by many speakers, began. We have one speaker from our company here today. It was Jindřich Kubec, with Eric Romang, presenting “Big bang theory of CVE-2012-4792” – a very successful presentation indeed. The main subject was forensics & detective model that describes the early development of the watering hole campaign which was mostly active from Dec. 2012 to Jan. 2013, targeting prominently energy industries, governments, non profit organizations and human rights websites. After the initial targeted attack, the vulnerability cooled sufficiently to allow its integration in different confidential or public exploit kits. They also dug into the past and showed that there had clearly been a connection with the previous Sept. 2012 watering hole attacks on industrial websites, and also with watering hole attacks through Twitter in May 2012. The earliest phases of the vulnerability, like the Big Bang, are subject to much speculation. They tried to observe the most distant things that a security researcher can see. The timeline of the attacks, together with the disclosure, detection and publication dates were shown. The code structure and changes were also analyzed, including the binary payloads – e.g. remote access tools.

I should also mention that there is an international IT security table football championship. And so far we have been successful! In the morning we won the first match against Sophos 6:1, 6:2 and second against Norman 6:0, 6:0.  So cross your fingers and wish us luck for the next rounds.  Stay tuned, we will definitely share more information in the next two days!

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

September 30th, 2013

Tell us your AVAST story

AVAST Community: Without YOU, we would be nothing

There is no exaggeration in this statement. The AVAST Community keeps helping us by sharing security Tips, supporting each other on the AVAST forum,  helping to translate our product, most importantly, by recommending our products.

You also helped us create the great communities across social media. Every day thousands of AVAST users gather on FacebookTwitter,  Google+, and  Instagram to praise the AVAST products, ask us questions, request support, or simply share your AVAST stories.  It is extremely valuable for us to receive your feedback, positive or negative. Positive comments stimulate and motivate us for further hard work; negative one helps us to improve our service and products. Following our blog from January 2013, we would like to share with you some of the messages we have received lately on social media.

Tell us your AVAST story, and we will share it with our Community. Thank you all!

Protection: AVAST helps to find lost mobile devices

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It’s free: AVAST allows you to control your expenses, without compromising quality 

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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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September 23rd, 2013

Malaysian submits #SecurityTip, wins smartphone

Hiew V.Y. from beautiful Kota Kinabalu in Malyasia wrote this winning #SecurityTip during Round 2 of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest.

First and foremost, I cover myself with Mobile Security & Antivirus. Like the old saying goes:
[A]lone in the dark,
[V]arious dangers lurks,
[A]ctive protective is a must,
[S]afety ensured by professionals,
[T]rust we can get from AVAST.
On steps I take personally, don’t ever click and access anything that I’m not certain about, and disbelief any vaguely unbelievable things.

Since AVAST is one of the most trusted mobile security apps with more than 50 million users, we decided to ask:

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The first prize for best answer was a Nexus 4 smartphone and a 1-year license for avast! Mobile Premium, our new upgrade to avast! Free Mobile Security with premium anti-theft features. Congratulations to Hiew V.Y. for winning Round 2. Five participants also won a 1-year license for avast! Mobile Premium after asking their friends to vote for their tip. Congratulations to:

  • Guylaine H. from Canada
  • Ghazala N. from Pakistan
  • Parag S. from India
  • Muhammad T. from Pakistan
  • Darshan S. from England

ROUND 3 has begun

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with others in Round 3 of the #SecurityTip contest. This week’s question is all about social media. Click here to go directly to the entry form.

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When you answer the question, remember to include #SecurityTip, and after you publish it, ask your friends to vote by using the links in the app. The top 5 most voted tips for the week will receive a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. Our favorite tip will win a brand new Nexus 7 tablet.

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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September 17th, 2013

How your social networks can hurt you during a job hunt

In a blog post published back in June, we shared the stories of a few unfortunate people who were fired from their jobs or passed over for a job promotion because of over-sharing on social networks. If you are looking for a job and wonder why you are not getting a call back, it could be because of what’s on your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ profiles.

A new survey from Jobvite says that more than 90% of HR managers and recruiters report reviewing job candidates’ social profiles during the hiring process. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are still the recruiters social networks of choice – but they are also looking through blogs, YouTube channels, Yammer, Instagram and other networks to source talent. Based on what they find, 42% of companies said they reconsidered hiring candidates.

Posts related to illegal drug use and those of a sexual nature met with universal disapproval. Profanity, and grammar and punctuation errors in posts and tweets trigger negative reactions among recruiters over 60% of the time. On the other hand, posts which share your volunteering gigs or donations to charity give recruiters a positive feeling about hiring you.

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Read our tips on giving your social profiles a makeover during job hunting time.

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+.