We bid a wonderful farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with optimism and hope. Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
This year AVAST celebrated 25 years in business and reached an astounding 200 million users. We released our leanest, fastest antivirus protection ever, avast! 2014, and we protect over 50 million Android devices with antivirus and anti-theft protection.
The team of experts at AVAST published 512 blog posts in 11 languages, posted 21,075 stories on Facebook, tweeted 1,200 times, and created videos that were watched over 10 million times on YouTube.
Major milestones reached
AVAST Software has been in existence for 25 years now. From its challenging beginnings behind the Iron Curtain to the innovative idea to give away avast! Antivirus for free to becoming the most downloaded program in the world with more than 200 million users, it has been a great run for AVAST – and it continues to get better! This video summarizes it for us.
Most popular Facebook posts
AVAST’s 3.6 million Facebook fans appreciate everything from virus alerts to notifications about social engineering scams to fun and contests. Did you know that a small team of only 5 people manages social media for AVAST? In 7 languages?!
In June, news about the ZeuS Trojan spreading among Facebook users got people’s attention. Over 26,000 of our Facebook fans shared this message with their friends. All avast! Antivirus products detect and block Zeus if a user tries to install or run the .exe file.
The Facebook Red scam, along with Facebook Black and Facebook Pink, tricked people into clicking malicious links just to change the color of the Facebook interface. AVAST users know better, and nearly 14,000 shared it with their more gullible friends.
Our Spanish users liked this cartoon meme about avast! Antivirus audio updates coming at the wrong time. With 8,000 of our fans sharing it with their friends, it got half a million knowing laughs. Here’s a translation:
- What are we??
- Avast! Antivirus!!
- What do we want??
- Report when virus database is updated!!
- When do we want it??
- Whenever your headphones are at maximum volume!!
by Caroline James, AVAST Software’s U.S. PR manager
The top three security trends of 2013 will only strengthen in 2014. Hackers abusing new payment options, browser toolbars spreading extensively, and new privacy issues have defined this year’s trends of security threats and nuisances.
Online fraud goes viral on mobile
2013 has been the year of new payment methods, including SMS, WAP and NFC payment – and with these new options, hackers have increased their efforts to develop new ways to steal users’ money.
AVAST detected an average of 1,839 new mobile malware samples a day, about 60 to 70% of which were designed to send and charge mobile users for premium SMS.
AVAST this year has also seen more targeted attacks where the goal is to steal users‘ financial transaction data and ultimately their money. This for example includes hacking specific banks by manipulating their Internet banking interfaces to steal the customer’s personal data.
Unwanted toolbars cling like ivy to browsers
Another trend that snuck up on users in 2013 and strikes instant recognition among people who have experienced it, are browser extensions. The numbers AVAST has collected so far are enormous. The antivirus software company has identified more than 6.1 million different browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome in just eight months.
Unwanted toolbars are a pain everyone can relate to and we would argue they are the first major consumer security outbreak since spyware.
Our experts at AVAST say that we are in the era of new ‘spyware’, but this time it’s even more insidious especially since many players in the security space are actually in the game themselves by pushing the toolbars onto customers.
NSA has people spooked about privacy – who is watching you?
Results of the AV-Comparatives 2013 Security Survey (pdf) are in, and once again AVAST leads among consumer preferences. Since AV-Comparatives is an independent testing firm, we always look forward to what they have to say. Here are some highlights:
According to survey respondents, AVAST remains the most widely used antivirus solution worldwide, claiming first place as the most used computer antivirus in Europe and South/Central America.
We are also glad to report that AVAST is the only brand to be among the top three most-used brands in all four global regions surveyed.
At the time this survey was conducted, AVAST was protecting just over 184 million PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.
To make the above news even better, the survey’s respondents requested AVAST as their top interest for future testing. Read more…