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February 10th, 2014

Top 10 questions about AVAST Free for Education

AVAST_Free_For_EducationThe AVAST Free for Education team spent a week in Orlando, Florida at one of the country’s premier educational technology conferences, FETC. School administrators, IT professionals, media specialists, and educators visited our comfy booth, all curious about what the world’s most trusted antivirus software company was doing there.

Here’s a run-down of the Top 10 questions about AVAST Free for Education:

  1. 1.     What is the Free for Education program?
    AVAST supports education in the USA by making our business-grade security product, which has the same features and performance as paid ones, available for FREE!
  2. 2.     Why are you doing this?

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    Everyone wants an avast! Teddy bear

    There are two good reasons: The first one is technical – we collect threat data from our community of 200 million active users which the Virus Lab uses as a “sensor net” to automate virus research. So whenever we see something suspicious, it automatically gets transmitted to the cloud, and based on the threat data, we create new definitions and stream them back to the whole user base. It’s really quite unique and helps us to leverage the size of our user base, because no other antivirus company has as many users as we do.

The second reason is Free for Education is part of our expansion plan, to simply make US users more aware of avast! Antivirus. We have about 14 million avast! Free Antivirus users in the USA now, but we want that number to increase. Giving our business-grade security product to schools for free will also help us spread the word about our products for home-use and mobile.

  1. 3.     How do you make money?
    This program is not about making money, but improving our detection rate and increasing awareness. That being said, Free for Education participants can add our premium technical support at a special annual rate of only $1 per license. We heard from visitors to our booth, that they would still save money because they were paying about $4 per license with other programs.
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January 27th, 2014

Essentials packing list for FETC attendees

The AVAST Free for Education team is excited to be attending FETC 2014 in Orlando, Florida for the first time! As part of our preparations we’ve been making an essentials packing list, which we thought we’d share with you…

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  • Comfy spring clothes We checked the weather report and were excited to see that it’s going to be warmer than the snow we have in Europe at the moment. No winter coats for us.
  • Suitable shoes We know that there will be plenty of walking and standing, possibly some skipping too (depends on our mood), super comfy shoes are one of our “must-have” items!
  • DEODORANT The days at the conference will be long, so we want to smell our best at all times!
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste We don’t want to scare any of our booth visitors off and plan on showing off our pearly whites as much as possible.
  • Passport/Identification We won’t name names, but we’ve seen first-hand how an out of date passport can pretty much render you useless for an international business trip :)
  • Currency Maybe you don’t have to worry about converting your money, but we sure are looking forward to carrying around some green “Benjamins” (okay, maybe more like some “Andrews”, and “Alexanders”)
  • Itinerary We’ve downloaded the FETC app, which we think is especially useful for planning your exhibition schedule (don’t forget to put booth #356 on your schedule!)

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January 25th, 2014

The top 5 things we need to know for our trip to Florida

The team that runs AVAST Free for Education is excited to be attending this year’s Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC 2014) in Orlando, Florida, but also a little nervous about what to expect. Here’s the top 5 things we have been alerted to about our trip to The Sunshine State – Florida, USA!

1. Everything will be AWESOME! Americans are a very positive bunch, and describe everything good with an enthusiastic “Awesome!” So we’re prepared that FETC will be Awesome, Orlando will be Awesome, the weather will be awesome, and of course, AVAST Free for Education is TOTALLY AWESOME!! We will fit right in. ;-) Come see us at booth #356.

2. Everyone smiles. All. The. Time. Again Americans are positive bunch, and it shows on their faces. So even when the conference day is nearing an end, and our faces hurt from smiling at Awesome people and telling our Awesome story, we’ll make an effort to keep smiling. It won’t be hard, because we are genuinely happy to be at FETC.

3. Mickey Mouse is the governor of Florida and the capital is The Magic Kingdom. Need we say more?!

4. Americans don’t know where Prague is. We’ve heard that Americans are not too good at European geography. It doesn’t matter; we don’t know where Kansas is (but I promise we’ll find out!) Conference-goers just need to know which state their school and school districts are in, so we can provide them with free business-grade security protection.

5. Alligators live in every body of fresh water in Florida. We sincerely hope that doesn’t include hotel swimming pools.

We can’t wait to arrive in beautiful Orlando, Florida and spend this next week talking to our Free for Education customers, meeting new people, and saving U.S. schools and districts thousands of dollars a year. Stop by our booth #356 and attend our Learning Lab talk on Friday at 11:40.

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December 2nd, 2013

Forget fundraising! Your school can win $25,000 with AVAST Free for Education

25K-imgForget bake sales, dinner events, auctions, and school carnivals. Protect your school community‘s computers with avast! Free Antivirus and win $25,000 for your school!

The AVAST Free for Education  program has given over 3.5 million free business-grade antivirus software licenses to schools, school districts, universities, and colleges in the USA. Now we are asking those 3,000 schools (and new ones too!) to invite their students, teachers, parents, PTA, and entire school community to try avast! Free Antivirus. The educational institution that gets the highest number of new avast! Free Antivirus users will win $25,000.

Here’s how to win:

First

Make sure you have opened an AVAST Free for Education customer account. You need to be approved to participate. Apply here.

Then

Spread the word about avast! Free Antivirus to everyone, now until January 31, 2014. Share the message by using your unique link (which you can get from your AVAST account) on your webpage, school newsletter, intranet, Facebook page, Twitter account, backpack mail, etc.

Finally

Check your results on your account and watch them grow!

Learn more about the Recommend AVAST for $25,000 competition.

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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 26th, 2013

How California’s gone FREE for Education

California_mapRecently we announced reaching 3 million issued licenses under the AVAST Free for Education program. From all the US, California ranked first in terms of free licenses.

California, the third-largest state by area and number one by population, also seems to want to be number one in terms of education. Since our AVAST Free for Education program launched in November, 2012 (yes, it will have its 1 year anniversary soon!), almost 200 California schools, districts, colleges, universities, libraries, and other education institutions have obtained over a quarter million FREE licenses.

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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 29th, 2013

How schools can save big with AVAST Free for Education

Keeping kids safe while they are online is a major concern for educational institutions from schools to libraries to museums. Schools in the United States spend a lot of money on education technology—it was estimated at $56 billion dollars in 2012. That’s about $400 per student per year. A portion of that is earmarked for security software and support. In fact, an average school district pays over $14,000 for antivirus protection. Because of declining budgets, 5 percent of schools can’t even afford this protection.

AVAST gives away Security Software for FREE

 

AVAST offers avast! Endpoint Protection Suite software for FREE to schools, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions in the USA (and its territories). The award-winning security software is available for up to 30,000 devices, can be centrally installed and managed, and also protects servers – all at no cost to educational institutions. It’s free, and there is no catch or hidden surprises.

You can find out more information here: www.avast.com/education

In the same way that avast! Free Antivirus gets shared between family and friends, we ask you to share with anyone that could benefit from this program. This fun infographic is a great way to do it!  :)

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