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October 7th, 2013

AVAST users share social media safety tips to build Cyber Awareness

Don’t talk to strangers.

Look both ways before crossing the road.

These little warnings given to children by moms everywhere are meant to make them aware of their surroundings.  Even when we’re grown, we still follow these suggestions. In anticipation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the European Cyber Security Month, we asked AVAST users for cyber awareness tips and gave prizes for those we found most valuable and those that others voted for.

During round 3 of our #SecurityTip contest, we asked about safety on social media,

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Congratulations to Ajla H. of Bosnia and Herzegovina who wrote the winning tip:

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I would recommend my friends to learn how to use privacy and security settings on social networks, because then they can control who sees their posts and control who can contact them. I would also recommend them not to post pictures they wouldn’t want their parents or future employers to see. And my last tip is to keep their personal information to themselves so no one can steal their identity. ;)

Ajla receives a Nexus 7 tablet and a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. A 1-year license for avast! Internet Security went to five participants also asked their friends to vote for their tip. Congratulations to:

  • Guylaine H. from Canada
  • Syed A. from Pakistan
  • Jeff A. from Costa Rica
  • Tanveer A. from Pakistan
  • Kelvin I. from Philippines

Thanks to all our Facebook fans who added their security tips each week. These are valuable suggestions for cyber awareness that we will continue to share with others.

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During this month, we’ll talk more about cybersecurity with AVAST experts and share tips that you can adopt and share.  For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please visit our blog often and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

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October 1st, 2013

Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility

ncsam10_bnr1AVAST is a proud champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and supporter of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) recognized this October. The month begins with the awareness that no individual, company, or government is solely responsible for securing the internet – it is Our Shared Responsibility.

Individual computer users are the first line of defense in guarding against online risks. For this reason, online security requires our collective participation, requiring awareness and vigilance from every citizen, community, and country.

How can I do my part?

The Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign is designed to help people practice safer online habits. Here are some basic steps everyone from kids to business owners should know to minimize the chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime:

  • Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates. (AVAST has Free protection for PCs, Macs, and Android devices.)
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, and colleagues about Internet safety.
  • Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
  • Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Follow AVAST

During this month, we’ll talk more about cybersecurity with AVAST experts and share tips that you can adopt and share.  For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please visit our blog often and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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October 19th, 2012

Is my online identity at risk? Use the Online Identity Risk Calculator to find out!

Question of the Week: I’m a gamer who also banks and shops online. Am I at risk for identity theft?

Your activities online can potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft. How many times a month do you access your bank account online? How many email addresses do you have? Do you like to try previews of new games? These questions can help you determine your exposure to identity theft.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, it takes people an average of six months and 200 hours to recover from identity theft.

StaySafeOnline, the organization behind National Cyber Security Awareness Month, of which Avast is a proud champion, has an Online Identity Risk Calculator that can help you know if you’re at risk. Players answer some questions to find their personal identity risk score and get practical tips on keeping their online identity protected. Play now!

Cybersecurity begins with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. These three simple steps are the starting point for staying safer and more secure online.

  • STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems. An obvious step is to install antivirus protection. For the risk averse, we suggest avast! Internet Security with SafeZone, an isolated environment that keeps your sensitive transactions private.
  • THINK:  Take a moment to be certain the digital path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your online actions could impact your safety or your family’s. 
  • CONNECT:  Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Avast Software is proud to be a champion that supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month with news and tips on how, together, we can make a safer digital society.

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October 3rd, 2012

Avast supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month we celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative designed to educate people that all of us have a role in protecting our digital lives. Cybersecurity is our business at Avast, but we realize that the internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility, which is the theme for October 2012′s NCSAM.

Avast Software is proud to be a champion along with other organizations, companies, and government agencies that support National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Avast! users, you are among the most tech savvy and conscientious of internet users. Please join with us wherever you are – at school, at work, in the community – to educate young people, train employees, and help raise community awareness for a safer digital society. We’ll post tips and interesting facts that we hope you will share along with a  recommendation for  avast! Antivirus protection.

You can follow simple steps to keep yourselves, your personal assets, and private information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cybersecurity during NCSAM and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about internet safety
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
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