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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

AVAST is Awarded Best Employer in the Czech Republic

We are proud to announce that AVAST has been named best large-size company employer in the Czech Republic by global HR consulting and outsourcing firm, AON Hewitt.

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AVAST HR Director Kamila Štěpánková and CEO Vincent Steckler accept the Best Employer award along with AVAST co-founders Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš.

The annual study’s results were evaluated based on the HR policies of the companies, as well as feedback from their employees and leaders. AVAST excelled in all attributes of the study, scoring above 80% in each category. The categories of the study are: engagement rate, trustworthy leadership, high performance culture, attractive employer brand and sustainability. With these high marks AVAST beat MICROSOFT s.r.o and SAP ČR, spol. s.r.o. for first place.

AVAST scored an impressive 89% in engagement, 49% more than the Czech average. According to AON Hewitt, company engagement is a key influencing factor in the final ranking, and reflects the employee’s intense desire to be a member of the company, their consistency in speaking positively of the company overall and the extra effort and engagement in their work that contributes to the success of the business.

Kamila Stěpánková, our HR Director, commented:

I am extremely proud that AVAST has been named best employer. The entire company constantly works together to maintain the extraordinary company culture the founders established 25 years ago, which gives employees freedom in completing their tasks and flexible working hours. The employees have the opportunity to contribute to the most trusted antivirus software program in the world, a product that protects 200 million users, that is both a huge honor and responsibility that makes their daily work interesting and compelling.

If you would like to become apart of AVAST’s team, please visit the AVAST’s careers page to see if there is an available position for which you are qualified for.

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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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October 22nd, 2013

AVAST team gets together to work and to celebrate!

The release last week of the new #avast2014 became a great opportunity to get our global team together.  Members of the Social Media and Communication team met in the HQ of AVAST Software in beautiful Prague. Our team normally works remotely and its members are spread in different countries: Czech Republic, USA, Spain, and Germany. Finally, we all met at once, to work together, exchange ideas, and to celebrate.

Preparation for the release, coordinating communication, and organizing the international press conference as well as coordinating social media activities was our major focus. It was hard work but we found time to be together sight seeing in Prague.  It was a great way to get to know each other better and simply have fun.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so check it out. Also, see the gallery of pictures on our avast! Facebook page.

The Social Media team concentrated hard on tweeting from the press conference. Live stream #avast2014!

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AVAST’s Social Media A-team: Albert, Anna, (A-)Deborah and (A-)Julia

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We had many occasions to celebrate: The new #avast2014, the 25th anniversary of AVAST Software, as well as nearly reaching 200 million users of our products. Read more…

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October 14th, 2013

We are looking for a French Social Media agent

Part time job available for a Social Media Community Manager

In March 2013, we started “hunting” for social media agents. :) A few months later we have our A-social media team of six specialists, covering the following languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, German, and Czech. We are however still missing the “Inspector Clouseau” who could help us to grow, engage, and communicate with our French speaking community across social media channels.

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Your profile:

Do you blog, comment, respond, post, chat, like, re-tweet, add to circles, pin…? Do you monitor what’s hot on social media in your language? Do you have 2 hours a day that you can fully dedicate to AVAST social media? Can you be the eyes and ears of AVAST in your country as if your own reputation depended on it?

We seek a highly motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging, and community participation to simply communicate with AVAST followers in your mother tongue. You will help us approach new users in your country, so we can spread avast! Free Antivirus across the globe!

This is a part time position – at least 10 hours a week

That will not happen to you :)

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