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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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October 4th, 2013

What’s hot on VB2013? – Day 3

Today is unfortunately the last day of the Virus Bulletin 2013 conference, but it has definitely been memorable. Last night, a gala dinner was held that went on into the wee morning hours. During the dinner there was a classic performance from a dancing cabaret group and a delicious meal was served. And as continuing the tradition for VB conferences, after dinner all the participants moved to our avast! Beer Bar and attempt getting their results to a higher level.

Today’s speaking line-up was concentrated on sophisticated malware on the Windows platform, online threats, and botnets. The afternoon panel discussion was moderated by Pedram Amini, our new AVAST colleague who joined the team a few weeks ago with the acquisition of Jumpshot. The discussion was about cyberwar and what we as a security industry can do about it.

Finally, the most important information: In the first blog chronicling this event, we mentioned the 7th IT Security Table Football World Championship. I asked you to wish us luck, and now I thank you for that! It definitely helped us a lot! And here are the final results!

1. Gdata – Germany

2. Avast – Czech republic

3. Microsoft – USA

Hurray, we came in second! From such a big competition, it’s a great success for the avast! Virus Lab team, and one that we hope our colleagues (and our boss) will appreciate. For example, by buying a new football table for our office! To be ready to reclaim the AVAST honor at VB2014, we need to increase our practice time! (Next year, Gdata. Next year…)

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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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 27th, 2013

#SecurityTips Contest: The best of the round 3.

The third round of the AVAST contest has ended. So far we have received outstanding 3500 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

Security on Social Media is extremely important to us. Therefore during Round 3, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip:

Make sure only your friends can see your timeline and post, by using the security options on most social media websites. ~ Chris O.

Tip 2. #SecurityTip:

To stay safe on social media, think twice before you share something, for example some epic party photos.  And double check your security and privacy settings on Facebook.~ Daw I. Read more…

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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

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September 20th, 2013

1700 #SecurityTips in the AVAST contest. The best of round 2.

The second round of the AVAST contest has ended with a phenomenal result of 1700 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

During Round 2, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip: Read through the app permissions to make sure they make sense and correspond to what the app actually does example: an alarm app does not require a permission to access your text messages. ~ Aleksandar G.

Tip 2. Don’t send personal data over public wireless networks – at cafés. Public wireless networks may or may not be secure and there is a risk that others may be able to capture data sent over these networks ~ Laima Kulikajevienė  Read more…

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September 17th, 2013

Virus lab: team building

Many of you might wonder how the avast! Virus Lab works. Who are those guys sitting behind the computers and analyzing malicious files? Well let us unveil some of the virus lab secrets and break some stereotypes at the same time:

1. The avast! Virus Lab team doesn’t work in a laboratory. :)

2. Virus analytic professionals are real, nice human beings, not robots. :)

3. Yes, there are also ladies in the virus lab team (although these pictures don’t prove that.) :)

4. They like to have fun and socialize! :)

Proof that they really exist

Here’s a challenge for you – the first person to discover the Director of the avast! Virus Lab will receive a one year free license of avast! Premier! Please respond in the comments section of this blog.

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September 16th, 2013

Seeking perfection

avast! 2014: comming soonAVAST antivirus developers strive for perfection in malware detection. Cybercriminals do not rest with their evil schemes to take advantage – mostly economical – over poor users. Always, but especially since version 8 of AVAST, we have improved the detection of recently discovered malware by trying to identify them before our users are threatened.

The AutoSandbox technology allows suspect processes to run inside of the avast! Sandbox, which is a completely isolated environment from where nothing can leave, trapping an eventual infection and blocking further harm to the system.

The AutoSandbox is used to monitor all files and Windows Registry operations

  • that attempt to hook into running processes
  • make changes in system components
  • exploit and hide network connections
  • attempt to disable the antivirus protection or Windows firewall, and so on.

The fundamental engine of this process are the generic virus signatures. They are like the fingerprints of a virus which allow them to be discovered. AVAST adds nearly 2,000 virus signatures each day to its virus definition updates. Generally, a single signature can identify multiple malware. A single malware can also be detected by several of the virus definitions of our database. Through our avast! CommunityIQ, almost 200 million users worldwide give us up-to-date information and we detect more than 50,000 new infections daily. The number of different malware analyzed daily by our Virus Lab reaches 40,000.

DeepScreen for potential threats Read more…