Tomáš joined Avast in March 2014 as a Product Manager for Avast Mobile Security. Born in Čáslav, a small town in central Bohemia, he moved to Prague during high school with plans to study at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic. After a while, Tom decided he wanted to study and work in IT instead. After gaining experience while working at a successful Czech startup, taking on jobs as a freelancer and starting his own company focused on cloud document management, Tom joined Avast’s mobile team. In his free time, Tom enjoys climbing, cycling, writing and restoring his classic Škoda 1000 MB car.
1. What is Avast’s mobile team out to accomplish?
We’d like to become the most trusted mobile tools developer, allowing users to live their lives with their mobile devices safely and more easily.
2. Who or what helps you in coming up with new, creative ideas?
My colleagues are a huge inspiration to me. That’s one thing that I really enjoy about working at Avast – anyone and everyone can come up with new ideas to brainstorm. We are one big think tank.
3. What’s one thing that every user should know about his/her mobile device?
Users should be aware of the risks that mobile malware poses to their personal information and data. Although malware on mobile devices is less likely to break a user’s device than that of a PC, malicious apps can harvest and steal a lot of personal data. Even apps that aren’t malicious (often free apps) can access a lot of personal information. The more personal info that is shared, the more likely it is that a user’s privacy could become compromised.
4. What’s your favorite security tip?
Make sure to be careful when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. Packet sniffing, or the monitoring of data traveling over a network, can be used to steal information and is very easy for hackers to carry out. It’s in your best interest to use a virtual private network (VPN) when connecting to unsecured networks.
5. Name one goal you’ve set for yourself at Avast.
I’d like to see Avast Mobile Security (AMS) become the most popular app that provides users with a straightforward, user-friendly overview of app permissions. AMS is an extremely versatile app with lots of potential, and I envision it serving as a true “guarding angel” for users, protecting them against mobile malware and allowing them to become familiar with the apps they use on a daily basis.
Avast’s mobile team recently held the second Avast Mobile Internal Conference (AMIC) in Prague, where the entire team came together to keep one another in the loop about the company’s apps and products, team activities, and goals for the department’s future. A series of lectures and interactive activities encouraged synergy and collaboration between product teams. In addition to everything that was accomplished at AMIC, the mobile team still managed to have quite a bit of fun at the conference. We’d like to congratulate the mobile department on this successful and productive event!
„Carlos Dreyfus joined AVAST Software in January 2013, to support our multicultural marketing team. Carlos is American with a Colombian background. He moved to Prague from Berlin and before lived in a Sunny Florida, where he graduated from the University of North Florida. Carlos is a passionate football player, beer fan (Germany and Czech Republic are not coincident destination!) and a surfer. He brought not only great professional experience, but also energetic and optimistic Latino spirit into our team. We are very pleased to introduce Carlos to you!“
What is your role at AVAST Software?
I’m the User Experience Specialist for all things marketing. The job role consists of listening to our users and modifying portions of our website using their feedback, also the position involves creating web things from scratch that give a more positive web experience. Think of me as the person that makes portions of our website fun, educational, easy to use, etc.
How did an American get to Prague and find his niche at AVAST?
That question comes with a very long story, but I’ll try my best to keep it short. While traveling the world while finishing graduate school I realized that I wanted to be in Europe, so than I pursued a profession in technology, specifically in web since the internet is everywhere. After working as a consultant in UX and then as a product manager in eCommerce, I landed this cool job at AVAST Software. What I’ve done in the past fits nicely with what I’m doing now, it couldn’t have worked out any better.
What do you consider the biggest and most exciting challenge at AVAST Software?
We have almost 200 million users, so the idea of being able to enhance their web experience on avast.com seemed like pretty fun challenge, so as the famous Barney Stinson would say: Challenge Accepted…
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