Creativity takes courage ~ Henri Matisse
When in 2001 AVAST Software co-founders, Mr. Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš, decided to offer avast! Antivirus for free, it was one creative and brave decision. No one expected that this would change the future of the entire company and that 12 years later avast! Antivirus would protect 200 million devices. It is a marketing and business phenomena, and the AVAST “freemium” model has been outstandingly successful.
However, the key to our success is YOU: The AVAST Community. By recommending our products to your family and friends you have helped us to establish the largest antivirus community globally. So to say thank you we launched the AVAST recommendation system. Every user can register via my.avast.account.com, generate their own individual link and start recommending avast. Each successful installation with that link is awarded one point and once 7 points are collected, the user receives a free license of avast! Internet Security.
Putting our money where our mouth is
Now we take it a step further and offer special rewards for the best AVAST recommenders. For the next month or so, those avast! Antivirus users who help us get new users globally, and on each continent, will receive cash prizes! This is the time to get your whole family, work colleagues, or classmates protected with avast! Free Antivirus.
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.
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|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent survey, we found that over 96% 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
 AVAST Software survey amongst 164 educational institutions, July 2013
Starting this week, we have made most of our Avast antivirus products and solutions free for use by schools and libraries in the US. This is just the first step and if it is successful, we will extend it worldwide. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. First, even though schools need security products, in these tough budget times, they need the ability to focus their spending on teaching. A couple of us here at Avast used to run the government and education sales at Symantec some years ago. We know that schools spend a lot on security—money that could be better spent on teaching.
A Google alert just popped up this review from Android Authority titled: “The best just got better“. And I just love the writeup from the author Simon Hill…
“After trying a number of Android security apps and comparing their performance in independent tests it is easy to recommend Avast Mobile Security as your best option. The sheer variety of features is more in keeping with a premium app, but it is still completely free.”
So if you have an Android phone – and according to the latest data by Gartner there should be about 450 million of you out there – go to Google Play and get the best rated security app. For free.
I’m still having my old Nokia but I guess time has come to get the shiny Galaxy S3 and install as well
One of our users sent us a sample of rogue AV for analysis. He didn’t attach further informations and the binary was heavily obfuscated, so I decided to give it a shot inside a virtual machine. A virtual image of clean (freshly installed) Win XP was used to run it and this screen appeared:
Virus Bulletin, one of the most respected reviewers of security products, wrote a very detailed review of the Avast 5.0 beta products in their January issue (http://www.virusbtn.com/files/Avast-Jan2010.pdf). This is a lengthy review but to me the best line was their summation of the new free product: “the free version being available to all without charge is nothing short of a miracle”. There was also a review of it in the recent AV-Comparatives test of performance/system impact. The product scored the highest rating: A+.
With the new Free Version 5.0, we attempted (and we think succeeded) to raise the bar on free security products. We decided that our new free product needed to be the best antivirus product in the world—not just the best free product. We think we have succeeded, or come darn close. Now you the users (and of course the reviewers) can let us know…. Read more…