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August 22nd, 2013

avast! Mobile Premium: The Ultimate in Mobile Security

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More than 25 million Android smartphone and tablet users protect their precious devices with AVAST’s free security app. Today, we are happy to provide even more awesome features in our new premium version, avast! Mobile Premium.

The security of data on mobile devices is a growing concern. Over a quarter (26%) of mobile phone owners have lost their phone or had it stolen, and that means that photos, contacts, and personal information, and in a growing number of cases-  company data, is exposed to crooks. This data loss is exacerbated because nearly 50% of US smartphone owners do not back up their content.

avast! Mobile Premium can help you recover your lost phone and data with superior back-up and anti-theft technology.

Erect an invisible fence around your phone

Geo-Fencing is one of the clever anti-theft features of avast! Mobile Premium. You set up a perimeter, for example, around the coffee shop, and choose some actions like setting a loud alarm. If a sticky-fingered thief tries to take your phone outside of the perimeter when you are distracted by your mocha latte, the alarm goes off, or the phone is locked. Gotcha! Read more…

August 13th, 2013

avast! Free Mobile Security collects another award from AV-TEST

Android_AMSThere are lots of Android security apps to choose from, but avast! Free Mobile Security has got the goods compared to many paid-for solutions, and it’s FREE. Independent German testing lab AV-Test evaluated 30 mobile security products for Android and awarded AVAST with its coveted certification for the product’s excellent protection against malicious apps (99.8%) and outstanding performance and usability (100%).

 

Great, but does it slow down my phone?

 

Smartphone owners are concerned about the impact security software will have on the use of their phones.  Here are some commonly asked questions along with the results of AV-Test’s analysis:

  • Will security software make my battery run down? avast! Mobile Security does not impact the life of your battery.
  • Will security software slow down my smartphone when I’m using it to text, send email or access the internet? avast! Mobile Security does not slow down the device during normal usage. Read more…
August 8th, 2013

The truth about mobile phone malware

Question of the week: I need my smartphone for work-related stuff, but I also have all my personal pictures and music on it. Tell me the truth – are viruses really being made for phones? Do I need to worry about it?

Your question comes just as several companies have released mid-year studies confirming that yes, there are viruses being made targeted to mobile phones. In years past, malware authors were writing scam software used to commit SMS fraud or replace icons. But since the exploding popularity of Android smartphones (Android has an 80% market share), cybercrooks  are capitalizing on the growing user base. These days malicious apps on your smartphone can steal user data and passwords if downloaded. That is pretty worrisome!

Even though malware for smartphones is on the rise, a bigger threat to your data is theft or a lost phone. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have had their phone stolen, and some experts put annual cell phone losses in the billions of dollars. I lost my old phone on a bus a few years ago, and I cried non-stop for 2 days. Never found it either. :( Don’t let that happen to you.

Before choosing which protection you want for your phone, watch this short video (2:06) called “Don’t Waste Your Money: Top Smartphone security app” from TV NewsChannel 3.  It reports that avast! Free Mobile Security is the best free app for mobile antivirus and anti-theft protection. We hope you will agree!

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July 31st, 2013

Join the avast! Mobile Security Beta test

app_locking-premiumWould you like a sneak-peek into avast! Mobile Security version 3, avast! Anti-Theft and the debut of a new product, avast! Backup? We are looking for advanced users to participate in the avast! Mobile Security Beta test starting today. This Beta test will run for a full week in which time you can give us valuable feedback that we can incorporate into our product before going public to millions of users.

Here’s how to join the Beta test

  • Sign up on the dedicated avast! Mobile Beta Testers Google Plus community
  • Click the product links on the right under ‘About this community’ and sign up as tester for our Beta program
  • Within 24 hours of the beta launch, you’ll see upgrades to avast! Mobile Security and avast! Anti-Theft in the Google Play Store. Our new product, avast! Backup will also be available to install from Google Play.
    !! Note that avast! Anti-Theft Advanced users (users who installed from our servers instead from Google Play) will need to send their IMEI to holzner at avast dot com to get their Anti-Theft client upgraded to the Beta version !!
  • In order to get your free premium test license, open any of our apps and click on the “Go Premium” button
  • Click on the “Voucher” button to the top right of the screen
  • Enter AVASTBETATEST as the voucher code
  • Get your free beta test license (valid until end of August)
  • Deliver your feedback to the avast! Mobile Security forum

This release incorporates a premium line on top of our free offering. You can learn more about the features on the avast! Mobile Security forum.

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July 11th, 2013

avast! Mobile Security gets Editors’ Choice Award from PC Magazine

pcmag_blogPC Magazine awarded avast! Mobile Security the Editors’ Choice Award for free Android security apps thanks to its “huge array of powerful tools and fine-grained controls.”

A major concern for smartphone owners is the increasing threat of malicious software targeting Android OS. Max Eddy, software analyst for PC Magazine, writes that, “avast! is well-positioned to guard against new threats that use novel attack vectors we’ve yet to imagine.”

Running quietly in the background, with no system slow-down or stuttering, “avast! will also keep an ever-vigilant eye on your device, warning you as soon as it detects something it doesn’t like,” he writes in his June 2013 review.

But these days, it’s more likely that you will fall victim to theft and loss instead of malware. Eddy explains, “In this department, avast! has an impressive slate of features and controls.”

In case your phone walks off somewhere, you can use the my.avast web portal where you can remotely locate, lock, or wipe your device, and set off the alarm. Eddy said, “I was particularly impressed that the alarm was not only loud, at 96 dB, but also highly illustrative. ‘This phone has been lost or stolen,’ said my S III, cycling between that phrase and what sounded like a Star Trek warning klaxon.”

Make sure you install avast! Mobile Security, the Editors’ Choice for free Android security suites, on your smartphone and tablet. It is available for free in the Google Play store.

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December 13th, 2012

Is Google Protecting Me After All?

The latest version of Android 4.2, code-named “Jelly Bean” has been released some time ago. While being just an incremental update to the major 4.0 release “Ice Cream Sandwich”, Google introduced some major new features within that update. While offering multi-user support and improved notifications, a new feature which is being promoted heavily, is the built-in app scanner which should protect Android devices from being infected by malware.

The client side app scanner of Android 4.2 is the next step in Google’s attempts to protect their Android ecosystem from malware threats, after introducing Bouncer, a server-side malware scanner used by Google to analyze apps that are being uploaded to Google Play Store. Bouncer was announced in February 2012 and is Google’s approach to prevent malware from being uploaded to the Google Play store as a first line of defense.

Now, some authors claim that third party mobile security tools are most likely not needed anymore, because Google now already pre-checks all mobile apps. I’ve been closely monitoring all those changes and improvements because I wanted to make my own mind on how successful these attempts by Google would be and to find out how our Android antivirus scanner delivered within our free avast! Mobile Security suite (http://www.avast.com/free-mobile-security) would stack up to what the operating system vendor itself would be able to provide.

Since months before the release of avast! Mobile Security in December 2011, our virus lab was working on setting up the initial state of our Android malware database. The database contains signatures of all the malicious files our virus lab guys find over time and is being extended day-by-day to contain definitions of the newest threats in real-time. Currently, tens of millions of Android devices owned by our users download those definitions every day to their avast! client side scanners. So I just went to our virus lab and asked the guys there to provide me with some statistics on the growth of our Android malware database.

As I already stated, Bouncer was thought to be the first line of defense, and tries to protect the main source of app downloads from malicious offerings. Could it be that as a result of introducing Bouncer, our malware database stopped growing or started to decline in size when Bouncer was introduced? Has Google been successful? See for yourself:

Android Malware Database History (Source: AVAST)

Android Malware Database History (Click to enlarge)

Obviously, since February 2012, our Android malware growth has not started to decline; it has not even stalled its growth, but has been continuously growing since that point in time. Read more…

January 10th, 2012

avast! Free Mobile Security: Over one million users in 16 days

avast! Free Mobile Security – the new anti-theft and anti-malware app from AVAST Software – has been installed by over one million smartphone users in just 16 days.

This threshold was crossed on January 6, only 16 days after avast! Free Mobile Security was placed in the official Android Market.

“This has been a really fast-paced launch, surpassing the results from competing products,” said Ondrej Vlcek, CTO for AVAST Software. “It required Lookout a full six months to reach the one-million level for their mobile security product.”

avast! Free Mobile Security is a full-featured anti-theft and anti-malware app for Android smartphones. Read more…

December 6th, 2011

avast! Free Mobile Security BETA

Christmas is getting ‘awfully’ close for all the husbands – me included – who still don’t have any gift for their wives (no gift and no idea for one.) Yes, it is only 18 days left – time to panic. Of course, the kids are excited, having no such pressures.   And just like the kids, the other people who are absolutely excited about the fact that Christmas is around the corner are the mobile phone producers.  The fourth quarter of the year is the season to be merry as sales of new devices skyrocket and reach record highs.  Economic crises or not… this year will be no exception.  It is therefore a good time to introduce a security solution that will ensure your new shiny phone is protected. Read more…

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