Question of the week: I am going to buy a new laptop before school starts again. How do I ensure that my old laptop is completely clean of old credit card numbers, passwords, and personal files before I sell it?
It’s good that you thought of this important task before selling your old hardware to a stranger. There have been plenty of case studies describing how sensitive information was found on second-hand hard drives bought on eBay. In one publicized example, details of a U.S. military air defense system were exposed along with blueprints of facilities and employees’ social security numbers!
Bank account information, passwords, and your poetry are still recoverable even after you wipe the hard drive clean, reformat it and reinstall Windows. You see, when a file has been “deleted” the data itself isn’t deleted immediately. When you format a hard drive partition, or delete a file using standard tools, only a reference to its data is removed. No actual erasing is performed until another file overwrites the area on the disk where the original file resided, which is exactly what avast! Data Shredder does.
Wipe it Clean!
avast! Data Shredder is a new feature in avast! Premier which allows you to irreversibly erase hard drive partitions or individual files clean of sensitive data. It works by writing over the hard drive partition or the file with meaningless data before deleting it. This way you “shred” partitions and files in such a way that it is impossible to recover them by utilities capable of tracing and restoring deleted files.
So when you sell your computer and want to be sure that there is no way to restore your files, make sure you shred them with avast! Data Shredder. And when you get your new laptop, you can transfer the avast! Premier license.
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Success of the last Hashtag challenge, available across the social media platforms, convinced us to continue with this idea. This weekend, we want to introduce you to a new one. Utilize the following Hashtag: “#withoutProtection” to let everybody know what would you never do #withoutProtection. Would that be: sunbathing, travelling, leaving your kids, or maybe risking to leave your PC #withoutProtection…?:) Be creative, be funny, be free.
We will award in the following category:
- Most creative/funny comment
Rules: Read more…
Our first “#useAVAST” Hashtag challenge is over and it’s time to announce the results. As always, YOU have proven what an engaged and creative community AVAST has. We’ve seen plenty of Facebook and Google+ posts and Tweets with your personal recommendations. It has convinced us that we should be giving you this opportunity more often, so Be free to expect some more fun.
As announced in the previous blog, we have selected winners in two categories:
- Most creative/funny recommendation
- Most convincing recommendation
All entries are valuable to us and we appreciate your inventiveness and always-willing-to-participate attitude! Congratulations to the winners! Please contact us at email@example.com to claim your 1-year license for avast! Premiere, our best-selling antivirus protection.
Question of the week: I just updated my avast to version 8. The new look is great! There’s a feature called Software Updater that looks interesting. How do I use it?
Great question, and thanks for the compliment on avast! 8’s new look. To answer your question about the new avast! Software Updater, let me set the stage for you so you will understand why Software Updater is so useful for most users. You are a busy person juggling family and work, maybe even taking a few classes. You use your personal computer to pay bills, learn how to fix a leaky faucet, and email your child’s teacher. You are concerned with online security, but there are only so many hours in the day, right?
You heard about the latest Java exploit, but you’re not sure what it is, how to fix it, or if you even need it. Here’s some advice from Oracle, “In order to protect themselves, desktop users should only allow the execution of applets when they expect such applets and trust their origin.” Um…what?
And wasn’t there something about an Adobe Flash Player vulnerability? Adobe says, “Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.135 and earlier versions for Windows should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.146.” Um, OK…which version do I have? Where do I find it? HELP!!
When it comes to your computer’s security, you can be guaranteed that this or that exploit, vulnerability or hack is taking place. How can a normal person be expected to stay on top of it all? You can’t, and that’s where avast! can help. Read more…