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May 23rd, 2014

US schools gain from 5 million free enterprise-grade licenses

MKT-3368_blog_image_blhd01We’re really excited by the popularity of our Free for Education program. It’s growing so much that we recently reached the 5 million milestone for the number of free licenses issues. This means that over 1/10 computers in schools, libraries and charities in the US could be protected by our enterprise-grade antivirus for FREE already!

Since November 2012 we have given avast! Endpoint Protection Suite, a product which is already purchased by many businesses worldwide, to education institutions in the USA for FREE. Over 4500 institutions have been granted a license for their network, savings schools on average $14,000 per year in antivirus license fees – freeing up much needed budget which can be better spent on other equipment to benefit your students. We’ve recently heard how one school will be  putting their savings towards buying tablets for the classroom – a great investment for future technology.

When you consider what little funding this program has for advertising and promotion (after all, it’s a free project), the numbers we’ve achieved are huge and we hope the program continues this way and more and more schools can benefit from this.

How does a school get avast! Endpoint Protection Suite for free? It’s easy – apply here: www.avast.com/education I personally review and check all applications that come in to verify eligibility – so keep them coming!

Is avast! Free for students? AVAST Free for Education protects you at school and avast! Free Antivirus protects you at home. Students and their parents can use avast! Free Antivirus to help protect their school network further from outside threats. Download from: www.avast.com/students

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May 22nd, 2014

The Majority of Children Have Been Asked to Share Inappropriate Photos and Videos Online – Make Sure Your Child is Protected

Kids are online now more than ever with Internet access at home, school and on-the-go with mobile devices. The United Kingdom’s four largest Internet Service Providers have collectively launched Internet Matters, a non-profit organization that helps parents keep their kids safe online. According to Internet Matters, nine in ten kids under the age of ten go online and 26% of kids between the ages of ten and 13 are online for three or more hours a day.

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Social Media 

Although there is an apparent shift in teens from Facebook to more private social networking apps, like Snapchat, it is still important to talk to your kids about privacy settings and their online reputation. Internet Matters claims that the average number of friends on social networking sites is 272 for kids between the ages of 12 and 15. Sit together with your kids and go through their privacy settings with them. This will help you get a better understanding of how social networks work and will provide you with the opportunity to talk openly about the importance of online privacy. Kids may not realize how harmful social networking sites can be to their reputation and that once something is published online it is difficult to permanently remove and can come back to haunt them.

shutterstock_144042481Cyberbullying and Strangers 

You teach your kids to be kind to others, to tell you or a teacher if a classmate is bullying them and to not talk to strangers – these same rules apply online. Internet Matters states that 60% of teens have been asked to share inappropriate images and videos of themselves. Bullies and sexual predators have an open invitation to your home thanks to the Internet. This makes it vital for you to talk to your kids about who they talk to and what topics they discuss online. Let them know they can come to you if someone bullies them or approaches them in an uncomfortable way, whether it be on social networking sites or in private chats. Make sure your kids only connect with and talk to people they know and trust in real life and never reveal personal information such as their address or inappropriate images under any circumstance.

How do your children go online? Do you use and share mobile devices in your family? Take our anonymous survey here

October 10th, 2013

EDUCAUSE 2013

AVAST Free for Education is proud to sponsor some of the featured sessions at this years EDUCAUSE, which will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California from Tuesday, October 15th until Friday, October 18th.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The association organizes an annual conference whose target group is higher education IT professionals. Just one week remains until this big event, and we are ready for it!

Myself, Stephanie King and my colleague, Che Johnson, will be attending the event and are looking forward to meeting everyone and to answering questions regarding the Free for Education program. We will be located at the Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom C, on Thursday, October 17th. We hope that our sponsorship will make educational IT professionals aware of the possibility they have to save money with our business-grade security product, which has the same features and performance as paid ones, but is unique in that it is FREE!

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To sum it up: If you are a university professional, come to get more information about program, as well as some AVAST Free for Education materials. If you are journalist, stop by to learn more about our program and help us to spread the word about this unbeatable offer. And Corey E.P., as a US school district, you are eligible too. Find out more at at our Free for EDU website You can also apply there. It’s easy and fast.

Hope to see you there!

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October 2nd, 2013

Free for Education protects almost 200 universities and colleges

educationThe AVAST Free for Education is not only available for schools, school districts and libraries in the US, but also for US universities! To date, 200 universities and colleges across 47 different states benefit from AVAST’s FREE business-grade antivirus. This means that a total of almost 450,000 university computers are being protected, for FREE.

We are proud to support education on such a large scale, however it is not just about education. One of our many satisfied customers is the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. “AVAST has always held a spot in the upper tier of AV products. Savings will be used to purchase additional servers, computers or any number of upgrades.“ says Grant Gathagann of the University. Being able to protect the sensitive information stored on their PCs and servers is an honor for us, as well as giving them the opportunity to spend the money they save on antivirus software, so that they can focus their attention on fighting cancer.

Michael Keen, director of IT from Southern Vermont College pointed out the basic purpose of AVAST Free for Education, something we hope all universities will realize and take advantage of: “This product provides the same protection as commercial products for free. Why wouldn’t a school take advantage of this?“

Not all universities suffer from large IT budget cuts, as many schools in the states do, but it still important for them to save money so that they can purchase necessary hardware and software upgrades.

If you attend or work for a university (or school) in the US that hasn’t benefited from our program yet, you can apply online here: www.avast.com/education

Alternatively feel free to contact me with any questions or comments regarding AVAST Free for Education: kholova@avast.com

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September 12th, 2013

3 million licenses issued for AVAST Free for Education

We’re really excited to announce that we’ve just reached the 3 million mark for number of licenses we’ve issued on the AVAST Free for Education program!

Some 2500 schools, libraries, universities and other educational institutions in the USA are benefiting from this program by receiving free business-grade antivirus protection.

The AVAST Free for Education league table

We’ve produced our very own league table to show which are the top states for number of licenses issued – how well is your state doing?

 

Rank State Number of licenses
1 California 251 887
2 Texas 237 410
3 Indiana 172 026
4 Missouri 167 494
5 Illinois 152 329
6 Ohio 113 729
7 Michigan 107 315
8 Pennsylvania 100 071
9 Florida 76 683
10 New York 71 346

 

Congratulations to California, who have received over a quarter of a million FREE licenses from AVAST.

We love to hear from our customers about how the program is benefiting them. Here are some of the feedback we’ve had from our schools on this program:

 

“We appreciate the offer and opportunity AVAST has given to Education.  We’ve been using this product for approximately 1 year now and have to say we are more than thrilled with it.  Thank you AVAST!”
Jim Giordano, IT Manager, Anaheim City School District

“We have been very happy with the support we have received… Avast is a great product at a great price – it provides the tools administrators need to keep their computers safe.”
Jeffrey Such, Director of Technology, Camp Tecumseh YMCA

Putnam Schools District are also thrilled to be using our free software. We went to visit them recently, hear what they have to say here:

 

If you’re a school in the US that hasn’t benefited from our program yet, why not apply online here: www.avast.com/education

Alternatively feel free to contact me with any comments or questions: king@avast.com

 

 

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September 4th, 2013

96% of US schools facing huge cost of Windows XP upgrades

blog_image_XPIn a recent survey, we found that over 96%[1] of schools in the United States are likely to face a major technology crisis in the new year when Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Educational institutions of all sizes around the world are going to have to foot the bill of upgrading not only their operating system but also their hardware.

Schools that don’t upgrade to a new operating system by the April 2014 cut-off could be at risk. The withdrawal of support means that there will be no updates such as security patches, driver refreshes, or bug fixes — all of which are essential for networked personal computers, where protection of children and information is especially important.

At AVAST, we took a closer look at the costs schools will face: The cost of upgrading from Windows XP to a more recent operating system is approximately $200 per computer and it is not likely to stop there. Many schools are also facing the expense of upgrading their hardware as well since hardware older than three years is unlikely to be able to support Windows 7 and beyond. The cost to schools in this situation could run into tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

To help alleviate some of the burden, we created the Free for Education program which provides bullet-proof antivirus protection completely free to schools in the United States. Institutions can save an average of more than $14,000 USD per year by taking advantage of this program.

A great example of how AVAST’s Free for Education has benefited a local school system is the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California. With the program, they have saved over $40,000 USD. “With AVAST Free for Education we were able to take some strain off of our budget,” said Joe, Machado, Network Analyst at ABC Schools. “Our savings in licensing alone will be at least $20,000 USD per year. And, our savings in time from cleaning up outbreaks from unprotected or under-protected systems is easily another $20,000 USD per year.”

Since launching in November 2012, the AVAST Free for Education program has protected over 2.8 million computers and servers belonging to over 1,800 education institutions. If you are interested in more information or to participate in the program, please visit: www.avast.com/education

[1] AVAST Software survey amongst 164 educational institutions, July 2013

August 19th, 2013

Computers at Salt Lake County Library System protected for FREE

SLCLS_logoWhen we launched the AVAST Free for Education program last November, some journalists were asking us “what’s the catch”… They didn’t quite understand why we would do such a thing. ;)  I guess for them “advertising” means TV commercials, print ads, online banners, radio adverts, billboard, outdoor, and so on. In the world of antivirus companies, that would mean a company like Norton/Symantec, which pours $2.8 billion into Sales and Marketing (42% of its annual revenue).

But advertising can be different! Such as providing free computer security for Salt Lake Country Library System. In total: 50 servers and 500 computers in 18 library locations.  Cost? Our cost is only to provide the virus definition updates, as we do pay for the bandwidth. That is less than 2 cents per year per computer. In this example, the servers are getting the updates and they mirror them within the network for free. Total cost for AVAST: $1 per year (yes, ONE dollar).

Benefit? Well, I guess we will not be visible to all of the 600 thousands library card holders served by the 18 libraries. But I’m sure we got 1 loyal user there:  Scott Condie, the library Infrastructure Manager. (To quote him: “AVAST is a great product!  Works as well as any antivirus program we’ve ever used.  And it doesn’t have the bloat that slows down PC performance like other products we tested.”)

Then there are the 380 employees of the library whose computers are now protected by AVAST.  And of course we will be visible to some of the library visitors who use the on-site computers. Overall, not bad visibility for $1 per year.  Quite likely many of them will install AVAST on their home computers once their Norton license expires. And if only one of them buys an AVAST paid-for version… our advertising investment of 1$ into the Salt Lake Country Library System has paid for itself.  More than enough!

Free is GOOD ;)
If your library license is about to expire… get one for free here: www.avast.com/education

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August 16th, 2013

Norwalk-La Mirada School District computers protected for FREE

Norwalk-La MiradaNorwalk and La Mirada are two suburban cities in Los Angeles County, with a combined population of 155 thousand people. The Norwalk-La Mirada School District embodies 17 elementary, 6 middle, and 5 high schools – for a total of 20,000 students and 2,000 staff and faculty.

Viet Tran, the Network Administrator, applied for a free license (3,000 endpoints and servers) based on a recommendation from his friends back in May. Deployment in the testing environment was smooth and, with full installation, Norwalk-La Mirada is looking at a nice annual savings of $30,000.

 

Free is good!
Happy back to school ;)

www.avast.com/education

 

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August 12th, 2013

New York Education could save $2.5million with AVAST Free for Education!

box_cap02The New York City Department of Education could save as much as $2.5 million this coming school year, just by using AVAST antivirus software. That’s a MASSIVE saving; money which could be better spent on upgrading IT hardware, or introducing new technology such as tablet computers to the classroom.

In total, we are already protecting some 72,000 computers and servers for over 124,000 students in New York City. Institutions which have already benefited from the program include the City College of New York, New York Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Law School.

Not every school knows about this program – please share this blog (using the buttons below) with as many New York City and New York state schools as possible – let’s see if we can help them all save $2.5 million!

Schools, school districts, universities, libraries and other educational institutions can register and find out more information here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/education

 

 

April 11th, 2013

AVAST Free-4-Schools saves $20 million for the kids

AVAST_F4E_April2013Six months since its launch in the US (a pilot country), AVAST Free for Education covers nearly 2 million computers and servers belonging to over 1,400 schools, districts, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions. At market price, these institutions are saving $20 million per year by getting the AVAST enterprise-level protection for free.  In other words, we are freeing up about $20 million of the schools’ budgets that the schools could use for the students’ benefit. Read more…

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