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January 29th, 2014

How are you doing Mr. Android?

First of all, I would like to shift your attention a bit backwards. No worries! This is not a history lesson or something from the ancient past.  Rather, I would like to share with you folks some Android statistics from the last two years. Hopefully, it will give you a better idea about which malware is spread around the most. By the way, if growth of Android malware was on the stock exchange and you had invested some money in it, you would have become a billionaire a few months ago. So let’s check out some graphs!

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In the first graph you can see how many samples we have to process in our databases. It shows dates between 2010 through the end of 2013. Pretty nice growth, isn’t it? By the end of 2013, we had almost 800,000 unique suspicious Android samples which we had to process and cover in VPS updates.

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In the second graph, you can see the TOP 10 detections of malware families we have seen during the last half of the year. The majority are fake applications or data stealing apps. This group of malware can really easily mess up your device. Data which is mined from these apps can be used against you. Last year, I blogged about a few examples which we saw infecting devices – but that was just a piece of a bigger pie.

What might be strange in the second graph is that four of the top ten have something to do with SMS sending. That means they are able to steal your money using SMS messages. That’s probably the most common way for mobile cybercrooks to quickly steal money. For malware programmers, it is really easy to access those parts in devices and send premium messages.

I hope that even skeptics will agree that protecting your device from malware threats is necessary these days. :) Try avast! Mobile Security for free.

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December 27th, 2013

What bugged AVAST users this year: Mobile malware and fraud

Last year, on Christmas day, over 17 million new mobile devices went online. Before the ribbons and wrapping paper could be discarded, cybercrooks started their attacks.
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In the first half of this year, experts said that 79 percent of all mobile malware attacks were on Android systems. When we asked Ondrej Vlček, AVAST’s Chief Technology Officer, about mobile security in 2013 and what we can expect in 2014, he answered, “Mobile threats will certainly continue to be on the rise. We see nearly 2,000 new malware samples on Android every day, and this is up from maybe 50 a year ago. It’s quite likely that the trend will continue. Especially if you are running an Android device, you absolutely need to install a security product.”

Online fraud goes viral on mobile

Paving the way for a mobile-payment driven future like Japan and Singapore have developed, mobile phones morphed into wallets during 2013, including SMS, WAP and near-field communications (NFC) payment. Data privacy and security have emerged as critical issues over the past few years, and will continue to be important as these new mobile payment options introduce new threats of data hacking and fraud.

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.

Speaking to SC Magazine about mobile malware, Vlček said, “Especially on Android, the KPIs are exploding, because its openness and design make it a logical choice for the attacker, and it has reached a critical mass in terms of penetration and market share.”  And, he adds, with the smartphone’s ability to send premium SMS and spam SMS messages offering new channels for malware writers to make money, it’s only going to get worse.

AVAST this year has also seen more targeted attacks where the goal is to steal users‘ financial transaction data and ultimately their money. This includes hacking specific banks by manipulating their Internet banking interfaces to steal the customer’s personal data.

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It’s a good idea to follow Ondrej’s advice and get a mobile security product for your Android smartphone or tablet. We suggest PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice award winner, avast! Free Mobile Security.

Upgrade from avast! Free Mobile Security to avast! Mobile Premium for your device and get a second license free of charge for a friend!

To get this offer, install our top-rated avast! Mobile Security app, then click on the Go Premium! button and follow the instructions. This offer is valid from now until the end of December.

Buy One, Get One: avast! Mobile Premium.

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December 19th, 2013

The No. 1 app you need for your Android phone now

avast! Mobile Security is the number 1 app you need on your Android phone. Not convinced? If you already have an Android phone in your pocket, or if a new mobile phone or tablet is on your Christmas wish list, read this story shared with us by Jennifer:

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The number 1 reason Jennifer got her phone back was that she had avast! Mobile Security installed. You need this too, because loss and theft happens all the time. Jennifer ended her story saying that she may install our pro version – if the price was right. Well, Jennifer, from now until the end of December, we are offering you and all other Android owners:

Buy avast! Mobile Premium for your device and get a second license free of charge for a friend!

To get this offer, install our top-rated avast! Mobile Security app, then click on the Go Premium! button and follow the instructions.  Read more about avast! Mobile Security’s features in avast! Mobile Premium: The Ultimate in Mobile Security.

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December 17th, 2013

The essential security tool for traveling is on sale!

We’ve got the tool you need when you’re on the road this holiday season and all year long! Stay safe when using public WiFi ‘hotspot’ hp-securelinenetworks and access your favorite content from your PC with no regional restrictions when you use avast! SecureLine VPN.

Save 33% now on a 1 year avast! SecureLine license

avast! SecureLine secures your data and computer from intrusive hackers when using public WiFi hotspots at airports, cafes, libraries and hotels.

Your public WiFi communications are encrypted, which means that someone snooping on you will see a bunch of gibberish instead of your email, files, passwords, etc.

Your browsing is anonymous because avast! SecureLine VPN cloaks your IP address to keep your private searches private.

When you travel and need web access from different locations, you may find some sites blocked. Now you can use servers located in multiple countries (e.g. UK, USA, etc.) to access Geo-blocked websites like Netflix or Pandora.

You have until the end of the year to take advantage of 33% off a 1 year license for avast! SecureLine. Get it now!

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November 18th, 2013

On the road with avast! Mobile Security

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, the highways are already busy with tractor trailers delivering merchandise to retailers, shoppers making gift runs, and families hitting the road or airports to travel “Over the River and Through the Woods” to Grandmother’s house. With all that moving around, it’s a given that someone will lose their smartphone or tablet.

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In fact, “One hundred thirteen smartphones are lost or stolen every minute in the US,” said Stephen Ebbett, president of lifestyle insurance company, Protect Your Bubble, in an interview on Fox Techtake. In a survey conducted by the company earlier this year, they discovered that people are most likely to lose their phones when traveling. Twenty-three percent of cell phones are left at the airport, 21.7% are left at hotels, 18% are lost or stolen on public transportation,  or forgotten in a rental car (11.5%).

The need to protect truck drivers smartphones

Truck drivers are among those professional travelers whose devices have been lost or stolen. It’s an important subject for drivers because bring-your-own-device is being adopted by many trucking companies. Stephen Bennett of Transport Topics, The Newspaper of Trucking and Freight Transportation, wrote about it in the Oct-Nov issue,

…security features…available from companies that cater to consumers are becoming increasingly important to over-the-road truck drivers because of a trend that has been described as the “consumerization” of business technology or “BYOD” — tech-talk for “bring your own device.”

Bennett spoke to Juraj Chrappa, senior product manager of avast! Mobile Security. Chrappa said that an AVAST survey conducted in June indicated that 25% of AVAST users, or more than 6 million people with mobile devices, had lost their devices or they had been stolen with U.S. consumers among those most likely to lose or have their phone stolen.The average cost of a smart phone is $372, he added. Read more…

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October 7th, 2013

Beware of poisoned apples

loginEverybody knows the story of the beautiful Snow White. An evil queen with a bad temper gives a young girl a poisoned apple, because she apparently thinks that it would just make her day. Poor Snow White. All she wanted was a bite of this juicy apple. I guess this one particular bite didn’t make her very happy. Anyway, she apparently made some mistakes, that I can tell. For example, if she wanted an apple, she should have just picked one from a “genuine” tree. Or she could have had someone taste the apple first, like a brave knight that’s always there for her, protecting her every second.

Yes, it’s been a while since that famous apple incident happened. Nowadays, a girl wouldn’t just accept an apple from a stranger and take a bite right away. She would at least wash it first! If she’s smart enough, she’s going to have something that tells her more about the apple.

With the magic of fairy dust and special effects, let’s transform this story into the world of mobile security.

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The Snow White fairy tale came to life a few days ago, when we found a fake Apple iMessage app for Android. There are lot of apps for Apple iOS that are not released for other platforms. For example, when two people have an iPhone, they can send each other messages for free via Apple’s iMessage service. The Android alternative for that service would probably be Google’s Hangouts app. The problem occurs when you want to send a free text message from iOS to Android. Yes, there’s WhatsApp, Viber, and similar apps, but there’s no way to send an iMessage to Android, nor iMessage from Android. That problem seems to bother some people, so they are eagerly waiting for a solution. The evil queen is aware of the need, so she makes poisoned apples and hands them out for free, telling others that they are sweet, juicy, and absolutely free from poison. Yes, I’m talking about fake apps that are trying to look like official Apple apps for Android. Read more…

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September 11th, 2013

Fake Antivirus Android application discovered

AVAST virus lab analyst Filip Chytrý has discovered a fake Android Antivirus application impersonating avast! Free Mobile Security.  The malicious application called com.avastmenow has a user interface that looks very similar to the genuine one by AVAST Software. After the installation of the fake program, an icon with the text of PornHub is displayed to users.  The Trojan displays fake alert pop ups in an attempt to convince the user he is infected even when he is not. Users who download the fake application might end up with their Smartphone device blocked and be requested to pay 100$ to unlock the phone.

Our virus lab specialists are currently working on samples, so the AVAST virus database will be updated shortly. The goal is to protect all avast! Antivirus users and prevent them from downloading the malicious application. We will update our community on the progress here and on our social media channels.

Meanwhile we recommend all users to use trusted source and download avast! free Mobile Security only from here.

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September 11th, 2013

avast! Mobile Security trusted by millions to fight Android malware

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There have been over 50 million downloads of avast! Mobile Security from Google Play since it was released last year. Android users are becoming more aware of the security and theft issues surrounding their mobile devices, and putting their trust in AVAST. A few weeks ago, avast! Mobile Premium was introduced providing superior back-up and anti-theft technology.

Android is the world’s most widely used mobile operating system (OS). That popularity, together with its open source architecture, makes it a primary target for malware attacks. Android threats make up 79 percent of all known mobile malware, so mobile security should no longer be considered optional.

The avast! Mobile Security Virus Scanner detected 99% of malware with no false positives in a recent test by independent lab AV-Comparatives. That exemplary detection plus the fact that avast! Mobile Security has negligible impact on your smartphone’s performance or battery life, is why we have had 50 million downloads.

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How to download avast! Mobile Security

Download avast! Mobile Security from the Google Play store  as the free version or upgrade to avast! Mobile Premium for access to all premium features. avast! Mobile Premium is available for $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year. Download and install on your Android device now.

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September 10th, 2013

Congrats! Your Mobile Number was selected as a winner of £2,000,000.00!

Yes! What a lucky day! I’ve just got a message that I won 2,000,000.00 British Pounds (2.4M EUR/3.1M USD), an Apple laptop, a T-shirt, and a cap emblazoned with a logo of The Free Lotto Company.  Pretty awesome you might think, but appearances are deceptive. Unfortunately, this is just one of the ways bad guys try to get some of our money.

Well, I was thinking, it‘s worth a shot. So I decided to write to the email address and see what would happen. Actually, the hardest part was a making up a fake name for myself! You would never believe how rough this might be. In the end, I decided to call myself Robert Konmed.

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Here’s how the conversation went down.

Me: Hello, I’ve got a winning message with information to contact your email address. How can I pick up my prize please? Thank you, Robert Konmed

Bad guys: Please find attached document for info to contact courier delivery company:  EMAIL:rdsdeliveryservices@hotmail.co.uk Regards Brian Calton

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Me: Hello guys, I’m really excited about a winning prize. But would be possible to tell me how much I should prepare for a delivery company? And also I’m curious if there is possibility to charge delivery from my winning prize? Thank you & have a nice day! Best regards! Robert Konmed Read more…

August 26th, 2013

How to use the hidden power of avast! Mobile Security

You have downloaded the new avast! Mobile Security version 3. You now have a powerful tool to protect your mobile phone from malware, as well as anti-theft features in case your phone is lost or stolen. But you may be wondering, “How do I use this mobile security software to its full power for maximum benefit? What can I expect from the new version?”

These questions are very good ones. We love AVAST for its set-and-forget nature, and also because it’s very light on resources. But we really want you to know the power of AVAST! The hidden features that allow you to get its full power. To do this, let’s look at its six major features:

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On demand scanning is a preventive feature. To get rid of bad or infected files that can rest in your Android and SD Card (storage), scan your phone with the latest virus definitions. You can set avast! Mobile Security to run at night, when you’re sleeping and charging your phone.

App Manager

You love to install apps in your phone, don’t you? After some time, your home manager will show a lot of icons. Why would I need an app manager if the phone already has one, you might be thinking? Because with avast! App manager you can see your running apps, check their permissions, if they display ads, and if you have a rooted device, you can even block the app access to some of your networks, saving you money with your data plan.

Privacy

avast! Mobile Security has a powerful ad detector. You can see up to 7 categories of possible ads, from geotracking to showing ads in your phone to collecting personal information and data. When you install an app, AVAST will automatically warn you about bad behaviors and you could act immediately to get rid of annoying ads. Relax! You can configure AVAST to warn based on your own criteria. For rooted phones and tablets, you can block a specific network access (WiFi/Data/Roaming) for the app being installed. Read more…