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January 28th, 2014

avast! SecureLine protects your Android or iPhone from cybercriminal surveillance

post-enEven with precautions like complex passwords, limiting what you share on Facebook, and avoiding banking on unsecure WiFi networks, we know now that our online  searches, websites we visit, and emails we send can easily be snooped on by cybercrooks. Public WiFi at the local coffee shop or airport is convenient, but it’s not safe. Cybercrooks can easily access and steal your personal data when you connect to these unprotected networks.

“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer at AVAST. “We created avast! SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open WiFi.”

AVAST has offered a VPN service with all of AVAST’s free and premium products. Now we have avast! SecureLine for Android and updated for iOS devices, so you can securely use your PCs, smartphones, and tablets on unsecure WiFi networks while traveling or in your favorite cafe. Read more…

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January 14th, 2014

Meet Paulius Yla AVAST Evangelist

Lithuania is a small European Union country, located in Northeastern Europe. Nearly 10% of 3,000,000 Lithuanians are protected by avast! Antivirus. Among them is one special person: Paulius Yla, an AVAST Evangelist.

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Evangelist” is the term we use for those people who willingly volunteer their personal time and expertise to help others benefit from avast! Antivirus. The most active place for evangelists is on the AVAST forum.

NuotraukaFour years ago, we organized a big meeting for AVAST Evangelists in our Prague headquarters. It was a unique, emotional meeting for both sides: The AVAST team and the AVAST Evangelists. It was an opportunity to meet people we knew only from the cyberworld – The AVAST forum. This is when I met Paulius in person. Paulius, who under the username “YLAP”  on the AVAST forum, has been helping users precisely since  January 20, 2005, 02:48:04 PM. :) During his years on the forum,  Paulius has generated over 1,800 posts and helped countless of people. But the forum is not the only space where Paulius is active. You can also meet him on Facebook sharing useful tips, so do not hesitate to follow him, as Paulius is a great AVAST expert.

We value our evangelists greatly and there are no words to express our gratitude to Paulius and the others for all their work and for being “AVAST ambassadors” all over the world. In the past we have introduced you to Bob Gostischa (USA), Lisandro Carmona (Brazil) and Charlie O. Prince (USA). It’s time to meet more of the AVAST Evangelists and welcome them officially, and thank them for helping you also on social channels. Please say “Labas” (hi in Lithuanian) to Paulius and get to know one of our experts. 
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January 10th, 2014

Influence what we will share on avast! Facebook page!

2013 was a very productive and successful year at AVAST Software. We released two versions of the consumer products: avast! V8 and avast! 2014, celebrated our 25th anniversary, and are protecting an incredible 200 million devices!  It was a wonderful year for us, and we shared a summary of our milestones in December’s post.

2014 is already kicking and most of us has started it with great New Year resolutions: “Eat healthy”, “Regularly visit gym”, “Call your family and friends once a week”, “Quit smoking”… We, at AVAST made our New Year resolution as well. Here it is:

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While the developers, Virus Lab researchers, and Quality Assurance teams are working towards this goal, we in the marketing team do our best to communicate to You -  the AVAST users – what we are working on.

You can influence what we will be talking about on our Facebook page with over 3,6 million fans! Read more…

January 7th, 2014

AVAST (teddy) has conquered Brazil!

blogBrazil is the only Portuguese speaking country in both South and Latin America. It is also fifth biggest country in the world, according to its geographical size and in terms of population. Brazilians represent a fascinating ethnic and cultural fusion, influenced by indigenous, European, African, and Asian cultures. With the upcoming World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic games in 2016, Brazil has become a center of interest from the economical and touristic perspective.

For AVAST Software, Brazil is the most important market. An incredible 28 million users (over 10% of entire population!) use avast! Antivirus to protect mobiles, notebooks, PCs, and Mac computers. avast! Free Antivirus is well recognized, popular and a much-loved brand in the country.

For me personally, Brazil was always a country of very friendly people, beautiful language, fantastic music (samba, bossa nova, forro), and fascinating cultural mixture. It was always on my traveling A-list.  I finally took the opportunity, and the avast! teddy bear :) ,  and went on my dream trip.

Below is short photo diary from all the gorgeous places, we had a pleasure to visit! I hope it will inspire you to:

a) Start following avast! teddy on Instagram

b) Discover Brazil :)

c) Recommend avast! Antivirus to your friends, as the Brazilians do! :)

We started our tour visiting the most popular site in Rio Corcovado. One of the World’s Seven Wonders, Christ the Redeemer was however hiding in the clouds.  It didn’t prevent our avast! teddy from enjoying it though!

 

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The gorgeous Botanical Garden in Rio hosts thousands of exotic plants and animals. One of them was curious Macaca, who definitely became friends with the avast! teddy! Read more…

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December 24th, 2013

Seasons Greetings from AVAST

To all who depend on AVAST,
May Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness be yours during this Holiday.

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Tidings of Joy,
the good folks of AVAST Software

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December 16th, 2013

AVAR 2013, Chennai, India, trip report

For those of you who have seen this name for the first time, AVAR stands for Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers (http://www.aavar.org/avar2013/).
This year, the 16th AVAR conference was held in a beautiful city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, a state in the southern part of India.

This year was particularly successful for Avast. Four researches presented their work in two 40-minutes  sessions. At first, Lukas Hasik (@lukashasik) and Petr Chytil (@chytil) from AVAST’s QA department presented their talk titled “Fast Data Delivery From Clouds – A Strong Weapon In The Anti-Virus Arms Race.” Their talk was a case study which showed to the conference attendees, how cooperation between three of AVAST’s departments – QA, cloud, Virus Lab – helped AVAST to accomplish implementation of the feature, which is nowadays a strong weapon against malware. Thanks to you, our community, Avast can deliver to our users new virus definitions shortly after they are generated.  Lukas and Petr talked about interesting information from all three departments and lessons learned from the implementation process. This talk showed us how communication and cooperation among different people and different departments is important. To find out more about this presentation, see the following link (http://prezi.com/aplz_phvlek_/fast-data-delivery-from-clouds-a-strong-weapon-in-the-anti-virus-arms-race/).

In AVAST’s second talk, Jaromir Horejsi (@JaromirHorejsi) and Jan Sirmer, malware researchers from AVAST’s Virus Lab, had a talk called “Korean Banks Under Pressure”, summarizing and extending the blogpost from March this year.

The Asian region shows not only a steady economic growth, but it becomes more and more important for many companies from various branches and  specializations. As for AVAST, the observed growth in cybercriminal activities is particularly important. Jaromir and Jan talked about  a malicious attack, which influenced thousands of South Korean online banking users in the first half of this year. They presented the entire infection chain from the initial hacked and infected website to the last step, where the victim gets harmed.

Both presentations were a great success and generated a lot of positive feedback.

Security conferences are not only about presenting papers, they are about sharing the ideas, making new friendships, and exploring new cultures. People from all over the world  meet together for a couple of days and have a great time together. Below we attach a few photos.

 

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 Lukas and Petr answering question after presentation

 

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Jan and Jaromir presenting about attack on Korean Banks

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Disclaimer: This report was written by Jaromir Horejsi before we left him in India. Jaromir is traveling around India for next month – let us know in the comments if you meet him…

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November 26th, 2013

How well do you know AVAST?

How well do you know AVAST?

avast! Antivirus protects you every day, but what do you know about the company, history, and people behind the most trusted antivirus in the world? To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we offer you a playful AVAST IQ quiz and the chance to win great prizes!

Here’s your chance to test your knowledge and win prizes :D

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How does it work?

  • Go to quiz application here
  • Like AVAST Facebook page
  • For 5 days we will publish 5 new questions. 5×5 = 25! for the AVAST anniversary :)
  • You must answer ALL of them.
  • Tell us why you recommend avast!
  • Win licenses and teddy bears!

Play every day, invite your friends, have fun, and win great prizes!

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+. Business owners – check out our business products.

 

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November 22nd, 2013

AVAST is growing Movember moustaches

movember bearAvast Mo Bros have committed to grow a moustache for the 30 days of Movember* to make a difference and have fun. Why? Because we care! The moustache is our ribbon, the symbol by which we generate conversations, awareness and raise funds for men’s health. Avast Mo Sistas support us. If you do as well, show us your support.  Like or make a donation on our Movember page.

You can encourage us and also show your support by submitting your picture with a moustache across social media channels. Use the hashtag, #AVASTmovember! We will collect them and display in our Facebook photo gallery!

 

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Avast Mo Bros and Sistas support Movember

*Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities. ~ Wiki

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 and Google+. Business owners – check out our business products.

 

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October 31st, 2013

Beware what you share

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs. ~ Andy Warhol

Party time is here. It starts with Halloween and continues with different occasions such as St. Nicolas Day, Christmas parties, New Years Eve and on through the huge fiesta of Carnival. We all love to get together, celebrate with our families, friends,  have fun and to… SHARE with our friends on social networks. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you are aware of the consequences and share wisely.

Let’s face it, we are not all PR specialists. Social networks however, are our private PR zone. Imagine that your Facebook profile is a cover of a huge magazine like Time or People. Sounds silly? Well, not really. Given the fact, that our profiles are exposed to the public, and often checked by our potential or current employers, it is very important to take into consideration what kind of content we share.

Once you are at the Halloween (or any other) party, consider switching off your internet access. Have fun enjoy yourself, but wait until posting anything to the  next day. Under the light of day (and post-hangover) your picture might look different than you anticipated. :)

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The golden social media rule says: Everything you post on Social Media can and will be used against you! :) So if it is something you wouldn’t like to see on tomorrow’s New York Times cover, DON`T post it!

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October 23rd, 2013

No pleasure from this adult app – only pain

A few weeks ago, I discovered and Julia warned you about a fake AVAST application which was infecting smartphones. It was hidden behind adult apps and was pretty nasty. Here is some detailed information about it.

First of all, if you look for adult applications (also known as pleasure applications J ), you can find tons of them.  Some apps, especially those offered on unofficial markets, are infected by malware;  in the case of the fake AVAST app, it was ransomware. The same scenario commonly plays out – after installation when you play the application for the first time, you get infected and blocked from using your phone.  The app asks for money to unblock you phone. That’s typical ransomware behavior.

The clues are easy to spot

You are looking for a adult application and run across something called AVASTME.NOW.  What the hell is going on here, you might think? The fact that an adult app is named after the world’s most trusted antivirus might be your first clue that something is wrong. But you install the app, even though it’s a pretty weird name for an app designed for adults. Luckily, after the installation you get an icon on your device called Porn Hub, so you start to feel satisfied you actually got what you were looking for. So let’s play it!

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But this satisfied feeling does not stay forever. After the first few clicks, the application announces your phone must be checked for viruses. That‘s the second big clue that something might be wrong. Normal applications do not check your phone for viruses.  But you don‘t have any choice, so you continue. That’s when you see a fake avast! Mobile Security interface which is almost identical to the original.

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Here comes a third clue for sharp-eyed users: All the detections you see on the screen use a different format than AVAST. But it‘s already too late to stop the app. In the next step, you are asked to pay $100 to clean up your phone.  And your device is locked.

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Sloppy, but effective

This ransomware is easily packed, and it’s apparent that the creators tried to do it as quickly as possible. Strings of detections don‘t have any kind of background, and it appears that it used randomly generated names from multiple antiviruses, as you see in the screenshot  below. They were even too lazy to clean up unnecessary icons from the package, so you can find a picture of a cat in it (maybe it‘s the unhappy cat of some of the creators? :) ) Even though the app was sloppily done, the cybercrooks were successful and earned/stole large sums of money.

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This is just one example of the many applications out there waiting to steal money from you. It doesn’t have to be for adults only; basically any application might be misused against you. That‘s why everyone should be a careful and download applications only from trusted sources.  Because malware like this is increasing, it especially prudent to use some kind of antivirus protection.  We suggest (the authentic) avast! Mobile Security, available from the Google Play store. It’s free! You never know when you will get something like this, so install it today on your Android device.

SHA:
0768724FFD5B78F1F510E5C5C87181534E61A35D04BFCD29946D9DBB305BF275
F9D4CE9174F1A57C3D335E467A5079BF3CA87F00EB6B996B8EAF21E0D6F54BDD

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