A picture is worth more than a thousand words.
Unidentified suspects “slightly redesigned” the office of Ondřej Vlček, CTO at AVAST. Check it out!
AVAST typically has a lot of great news to report and we’re looking for a full-time native speaker of English — with a background in IT journalism (this is important!) — to join our team in Prague.
For more information, please visit our job description for PR News Writer – English native speaker (click link).
Please note that questions about the position will NOT be answered here. Thanks.
We are excited to share news with you. Our two-person, social media team now offers professional support. Since December 2012 Peter Bucek has been helping us respond to your technical and customer care inquiries in English, Spanish, and of course, Czech language. We are pleased to welcome Peter on the board and introduce him to YOU.
I have known Peter since I started 5 years ago with AVAST Software. When I joined the company in 2008 we have been working together in the support team. Peter is a very friendly, kind and cheerful person, always willing to help not only the customers but also other colleagues. Despite the rather routine job, he kept his creative and innovative attitude towards everyday tasks. He came up with idea of creating video manuals. Now thanks to Peter we can easily check: How to download, install and customize avast! Antivirus. He is a proud father of two lovely kids: a boy Jonáš and a girl Emma .
So let’s hear the voice of Peter.
Peter has worked in AVAST Software since November 2006. Peter, how, in your opinion, has the company changed during this time and how is our support team changing?
The Avar 2011 conference started and unfortunately ended very fast. There were 2 tracks of sessions for 2 days. One of the sessions was our own: “Poisoning Google Images. Analysis of Google Image Poisoning”.
Our presentation went very well and we finished on time. All the presentations had a tight schedule – only 35 minutes. However, it’s good that you have to focus on one problem. Read more…
Hello again from Hong Kong. We have little bit of time because our AVAR Conference 2011 presentation starts at 14:45 at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel so we can share a few pictures with you.
We arrived to Hong Kong a few days before the conference in order to have time to accommodate to a different time zone and weather. We spent this time preparing our presentation, admiring the city, and meeting some interesting people.
As first, we met some android figures in one of the local computer shops.
Hello from Hong Kong, the city where the AVAR Conference 2011 is taking place. We, Lukas and Jan, are here to make a presentation on “Google Image poisoning”.
We arrived to Hong Kong on Monday after a long flight from Prague. From the moment we got off the plane we knew that Hong Kong is completely different from what we are used to in Prague. Not only is the weather different – winter in Prague but summer in Hong Kong – the cultures are also completely different. I think that it would be unfair to try to compare Asia to Europe, so let’s move on.
We were hungry when we got to our hotel and so we went for lunch. The lady at the Wharney Guang Dong hotel recommended us to a dim sum restaurant across the street. Well, I have to admit that it was really good advice. The place was spectacular and the food was delicious. We even ordered something called “duck web”. However, what we received wasn’t a web at all.
As you can see on the picture on the left. Honza (Jan) has a duck leg. It was quite a new experience to both of us, but… where is our web?
OK, let me make a long story short. We have a presentation at the AVAR conference at about Google Image poisoning. And there is a close connection between duck web and the poisoning. But, let me tell you, it’s quite difficult to write an article after midnight when you have jet lag and also after a welcoming drink with all the AVAR members. — So let me just fix the first sentence – there is a close relation between web and Google Image search poisoning attacks but … we’ll tell you more tomorrow after our presentation.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but my wife went for a week-long holiday with friends last Friday therefore I’m quite busy babysitting this week, taking care of the kids and household, and, not surprisingly, running out of steam. That is my excuse for just having a very short post today. But back to the subject:
Do you know what is the ultimate irony in the life of a virus analyst?
This is when he needs some books about coding (actually, a book on subject “language of math”) and the special online shop that deals with this kind of literature is itself infected… The bug name is “VBS:Obfuscated-gen” and because the site is still infected, I won’t disclose its name. Who knows. You might get tempted to go look around the site for some math or coding literature.
… and Michal (the victim) thank you for the tip
The recent passing of Steve Jobs prompted several conversations in the office, or at least in the Marketing/PR department, about old technologies and how/where they’ve gone. We’re amazed if/when we stumble onto a computer with an old floppy-disk drive nowadays, but in 2006 when I moved to Prague I actually brought a few old 3.5″ disks with me, as they had some stuff on them that I’d not yet saved elsewhere. I remember that by 2009 I had a difficult time finding anyone – even among my IT friends – who had a floppy drive, and fortunately I was able to find one at Anglo-American University Library, where my librarian friends were kind enough to let me use it, to at least save everything to an external USB drive.
In spirit, I could be like Henry David Thoreau, living out my days reading and writing by lamplight in an old cabin in the woods (not at Walden Pond, but somewhere in neighboring Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains), with no electricity or plumbing. But I really do like electronic gadgets, even though I may be many years behind the mainstream in terms of adoption – i.e., I’ve still never played with a smartphone or a GPS device, and foursquare is to me a game I played in elementary school.
What I would rather play with is my ’81 Gibson Les Paul through an old tube amplifier… making it louder until the volume knob is around 7… and then dialing in that sweet distortion one finds between 7 and 10 (at least on my little ‘60s Epiphone amp) and playing until sunrise, until my fingers start to bleed. Read more…
I bet most of you have seen the ‘80s Back to the Future trilogy. Back then it had
great special effects, hi-tech equipment, impressive cars and tricks, but there was also a great theme in which the main hero goes back to the past…
You might be wondering how does it relate to avast! antivirus? Well all of us have a bit of nostalgia for the past, a time when we didn’t use PCs and there were no viruses.
So, the other day I asked my colleagues in our marketing/PR department: do you remember your first PC or the first virus you caught?
I was surprised what kind of discussion it has opened and how excited everyone was about it. So here we go (in alphabetical order):
Jason – Copywriter
First real computer I ever used (at school): Commodore 64 (circa 1986-7) with a cassette-tape drive.
First real computer I actually owned was an HP desktop I bought in 1997 (with Windows 95 and McAfee antivirus (avast! engine!!)). I had it until 2002, when I upgraded to a Gateway desktop with Windows XP, which I think came with Symantec/Norton(?)… which I did not renew, instead using free antivirus software (ZoneAlarm, AVG, avast!) from then on.
Milos – Marketing Director
I was a poor kid from a poor village. No computers. Just socialism. Left and right… everywhere you looked. Firsthand experience was the computer lab at school when I lived for a while in Modesto, California, in 1992/1993. PC, Macs and – listen carefully – Amiga.
I hated Mac because the only way to get the floppy disk out was through the software-eject button. So when it crashed – and it was crashing all the time – your disk was in there and impossible to get out.
The PC on the other hand was excellent.
And of course the Amiga… I learned how to animate and draw on it. It was THE computer for graphics!
I would have never imagined that it could happen, but a couple of weeks back we received the “Export Company of 2010” award from DHL. That really surprised me because in my mind anything organized by DHL means they will tend to award it to someone who actually uses DHL to ship something in the first place. But we ship ones and zeros through servers and cables. Lots of ones and zeros, that is true, but certainly nothing that would need the attention of DHL or FedEx.
But that is not the subject of this post actually. The subject is that I got a call from a journalist who was covering the story with a request to get her some pictures that would go with the story. Such as the picture of our AVAST Virus Lab. Read more…