Security News

Avast security news wrap-up

Deborah Salmi, 30 May 2016

Your round-up of the latest stories from the world of cybersecurity.

Want the latest security news in a couple of minutes? Here's a wrap-up of interesting stories. 

shutterstock_292970030-350725-edited.jpgCan your bad passwords cost you money and cause trouble?

That question was answered with a resounding YES by college football star Laremy Tunsil. A hacked Twitter and Instagram account cost that falling sports star an estimated $13 million. Don’t let your easy-to-crack passwords cost you. Use a password manager or follow our tips for strong passwords.


Screenshot_20160510-163229-944850-edited.pngNew feature in Avast Passwords for Android: Fingerprint scanning

An unattended phone is irresistible to some Nosy Nellies, so if you don’t want people snooping, then protect your Android with Avast Passwords. Fingerprint scanning makes logging in even easier, faster and more secure. OUr blog describes the new feature.



shutterstock_370416890-440061-edited.jpg3 things every employee needs to know about online security

A Snapchat employee was fooled into revealing employee payroll information by a phishing email. This is the most recent example of how people are the weakest link in a company’s security. But with awareness training and knowledge of some basic security tips company networks, data, and customer privacy can be kept safe. We share the 3 easiest ones to master.


screen3_1-672954-edited.pngNew fresh phishing campaign hits Facebook

Cybercrooks use a fake Facebook login page to steal users’ name, password, and security question answers. Avast Virus Lab researcher, Alexej Savčin, explains how it works in this blog post.





Android Banker Trojan preys on credit card information

A tricky cybercrook uses a maliciousGoogle Play app to steal your credit card number, call logs, your messages inbox, contact list and more from your Android phone. Avast Android malware researcher Jan Piskacek explains in detail how the app works, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are already infected.