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January 8th, 2014

Mobile malware a real threat in 2014

50m_enSecurity industry experts from around the world must have been looking in the same crystal ball to make their predictions for the new year, because everyone agreed that mobile exploits and malware would drive growth for the industry in 2014. Mobile attacks will include malicious software that steals data from legitimate apps, spyware, ransomware and software installed via NFC.

Ondrej Vlček, AVAST’s Chief Technology Officer, agrees with the others, and has evidence to back it up, “We see nearly 2,000 new malware samples on Android every day, and this is up from maybe 50 a year ago. It’s quite likely that the trend will continue.” He explained in an article in SC Magazine that Android has reached a critical mass in terms of penetration and market share, therefore it’s an attractive target for cybercrooks.

This news has not escaped security journalists, and many are recommending security apps to protect Android devices. TechAdvisor, powered by PC Advisor, the UK’s number one technology magazine website, recently recommended avast! Mobile Security as one of it’s Best Android antivirus: 6 best cheap and free Android security apps.

avast! Mobile Security is a comprehensive suite of security and backup tools, with a particularly strong set of anti-theft features that could well catch a thief in the act.

Digital Trends looked at three of the top Android security apps. Avast! Mobile Security was their top choice.

If you’re looking for a security solution for your Android smartphone, and your primary concern is malware and safe browsing, then this could be the right app for you.

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Avast! is a trusted choice – over 50 million devices are protected.

The November 2013 mobile security evaluation conducted by AV-TEST, certifies that avast! Mobile Security provides 100% protection against malicious apps with zero impact on your device’s performance. That means no impact on your battery life, the app doesn’t slow down your device, and it generates negligible traffic.

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December 29th, 2013

What bugged AVAST users this year: NSA spooked people about privacy

privacy word of yearPRIVACY. It’s the word of the year from dictionary.com. With reports of the NSA turning the internet into a vast surveillance platform, FBI agents and hackers monitoring citizens through home appliances, web-browser tracking cookies multiplying like rabbits, and information you post to social networking sites yourself, the loss of individual’s online privacy and the extensive access of personal data became a mainstream topic in 2013.

In an interview about security issues with SC Magazine, Vincent Steckler, AVAST’s CEO said that the next aspect of security that needs consideration is privacy. Both consumers and corporates are going to need social media protection capabilities, including checking of links for malware, better control of privacy settings, and control over apps. That goes for tracking in browsers as well.

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Ondřej Vlček, AVAST’s Chief Technology Officer, agrees. “’Do not track in browsers’ doesn’t really work,” he says. “It’s up to the servers whether to adhere to [the HTTP Do Not Tracker header] or not. Most commercial services don’t adhere to it.”

Raise your hand if you use your smartphone to surf the web, compare prices, or buy movie tickets? (That looks like most of us.) Lots of people don’t realize that mobile brands, apps and websites ‘track’ their online movements. Vlček said there are plug-ins that remove things like tracking from ad networks, analytics services or Facebook’s Like buttons without breaking the service. He suggests this approach is an important piece of the puzzle for privacy protection.

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December 27th, 2013

What bugged AVAST users this year: Mobile malware and fraud

Last year, on Christmas day, over 17 million new mobile devices went online. Before the ribbons and wrapping paper could be discarded, cybercrooks started their attacks.
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In the first half of this year, experts said that 79 percent of all mobile malware attacks were on Android systems. When we asked Ondrej Vlček, AVAST’s Chief Technology Officer, about mobile security in 2013 and what we can expect in 2014, he answered, “Mobile threats will certainly continue to be on the rise. We see nearly 2,000 new malware samples on Android every day, and this is up from maybe 50 a year ago. It’s quite likely that the trend will continue. Especially if you are running an Android device, you absolutely need to install a security product.”

Online fraud goes viral on mobile

Paving the way for a mobile-payment driven future like Japan and Singapore have developed, mobile phones morphed into wallets during 2013, including SMS, WAP and near-field communications (NFC) payment. Data privacy and security have emerged as critical issues over the past few years, and will continue to be important as these new mobile payment options introduce new threats of data hacking and fraud.

AVAST detected an average of 1,839 new mobile malware samples a day, about 60 to 70% of which were designed to send and charge mobile users for premium SMS.

Speaking to SC Magazine about mobile malware, Vlček said, “Especially on Android, the KPIs are exploding, because its openness and design make it a logical choice for the attacker, and it has reached a critical mass in terms of penetration and market share.”  And, he adds, with the smartphone’s ability to send premium SMS and spam SMS messages offering new channels for malware writers to make money, it’s only going to get worse.

AVAST this year has also seen more targeted attacks where the goal is to steal users‘ financial transaction data and ultimately their money. This includes hacking specific banks by manipulating their Internet banking interfaces to steal the customer’s personal data.

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It’s a good idea to follow Ondrej’s advice and get a mobile security product for your Android smartphone or tablet. We suggest PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice award winner, avast! Free Mobile Security.

Upgrade from avast! Free Mobile Security to avast! Mobile Premium for your device and get a second license free of charge for a friend!

To get this offer, install our top-rated avast! Mobile Security app, then click on the Go Premium! button and follow the instructions. This offer is valid from now until the end of December.

Buy One, Get One: avast! Mobile Premium.

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December 19th, 2013

The No. 1 app you need for your Android phone now

avast! Mobile Security is the number 1 app you need on your Android phone. Not convinced? If you already have an Android phone in your pocket, or if a new mobile phone or tablet is on your Christmas wish list, read this story shared with us by Jennifer:

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The number 1 reason Jennifer got her phone back was that she had avast! Mobile Security installed. You need this too, because loss and theft happens all the time. Jennifer ended her story saying that she may install our pro version – if the price was right. Well, Jennifer, from now until the end of December, we are offering you and all other Android owners:

Buy avast! Mobile Premium for your device and get a second license free of charge for a friend!

To get this offer, install our top-rated avast! Mobile Security app, then click on the Go Premium! button and follow the instructions.  Read more about avast! Mobile Security’s features in avast! Mobile Premium: The Ultimate in Mobile Security.

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November 18th, 2013

On the road with avast! Mobile Security

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, the highways are already busy with tractor trailers delivering merchandise to retailers, shoppers making gift runs, and families hitting the road or airports to travel “Over the River and Through the Woods” to Grandmother’s house. With all that moving around, it’s a given that someone will lose their smartphone or tablet.

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In fact, “One hundred thirteen smartphones are lost or stolen every minute in the US,” said Stephen Ebbett, president of lifestyle insurance company, Protect Your Bubble, in an interview on Fox Techtake. In a survey conducted by the company earlier this year, they discovered that people are most likely to lose their phones when traveling. Twenty-three percent of cell phones are left at the airport, 21.7% are left at hotels, 18% are lost or stolen on public transportation,  or forgotten in a rental car (11.5%).

The need to protect truck drivers smartphones

Truck drivers are among those professional travelers whose devices have been lost or stolen. It’s an important subject for drivers because bring-your-own-device is being adopted by many trucking companies. Stephen Bennett of Transport Topics, The Newspaper of Trucking and Freight Transportation, wrote about it in the Oct-Nov issue,

…security features…available from companies that cater to consumers are becoming increasingly important to over-the-road truck drivers because of a trend that has been described as the “consumerization” of business technology or “BYOD” — tech-talk for “bring your own device.”

Bennett spoke to Juraj Chrappa, senior product manager of avast! Mobile Security. Chrappa said that an AVAST survey conducted in June indicated that 25% of AVAST users, or more than 6 million people with mobile devices, had lost their devices or they had been stolen with U.S. consumers among those most likely to lose or have their phone stolen.The average cost of a smart phone is $372, he added. Read more…

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September 30th, 2013

Tell us your AVAST story

AVAST Community: Without YOU, we would be nothing

There is no exaggeration in this statement. The AVAST Community keeps helping us by sharing security Tips, supporting each other on the AVAST forum,  helping to translate our product, most importantly, by recommending our products.

You also helped us create the great communities across social media. Every day thousands of AVAST users gather on FacebookTwitter,  Google+, and  Instagram to praise the AVAST products, ask us questions, request support, or simply share your AVAST stories.  It is extremely valuable for us to receive your feedback, positive or negative. Positive comments stimulate and motivate us for further hard work; negative one helps us to improve our service and products. Following our blog from January 2013, we would like to share with you some of the messages we have received lately on social media.

Tell us your AVAST story, and we will share it with our Community. Thank you all!

Protection: AVAST helps to find lost mobile devices

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It’s free: AVAST allows you to control your expenses, without compromising quality 

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September 16th, 2013

AVAST just gave away a new tablet! You could win too!

Congratulations to Steve L. from the USA who won Round 1 of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest being played now on the AVAST Facebook page. He answered this question about helping kids stay safe when they are using their home or school computers:

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Steve’s answer covered some of the basics that every computer user should remember:

#SecurityTip 1) Never share personal information with strangers online. 2) Never share or reuse your passwords.(Ask parents for help to make a good one that you can remember) 3) Never click on links in emails from people you don’t know and try to make sure the people you do know actually sent you the links in emails from them.

The first prize for best answer was a Nexus 7 II tablet and a 1-year license for avast! Mobile Premium. Five participants also won a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security after gathering the most votes. Congratulations to:

  • Ghazala S. from Oman
  • Muhammad H. from Pakistan
  • Maira A. from Pakistan
  • Imran R. from Pakistan
  • Kamil R. from Pakistan

Check out the best of Round 1 that were highlighted on our Facebook page in this blog post.

Round 2 begins today

Round 2 has just started, and this week a new Nexus 4 smartphone is up for grabs. Head over to the Facebook app and answer this question about keeping your mobile devices safe,

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September 11th, 2013

Fake Antivirus Android application discovered

AVAST virus lab analyst Filip Chytrý has discovered a fake Android Antivirus application impersonating avast! Free Mobile Security.  The malicious application called com.avastmenow has a user interface that looks very similar to the genuine one by AVAST Software. After the installation of the fake program, an icon with the text of PornHub is displayed to users.  The Trojan displays fake alert pop ups in an attempt to convince the user he is infected even when he is not. Users who download the fake application might end up with their Smartphone device blocked and be requested to pay 100$ to unlock the phone.

Our virus lab specialists are currently working on samples, so the AVAST virus database will be updated shortly. The goal is to protect all avast! Antivirus users and prevent them from downloading the malicious application. We will update our community on the progress here and on our social media channels.

Meanwhile we recommend all users to use trusted source and download avast! free Mobile Security only from here.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun, and contest information, please follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Instagram.

August 28th, 2013

Lost or Stolen Smartphone: The Consequences are Bigger for Women Than for Men, Our Study Finds

shocked woman (1)Personal contacts, photos, videos, apps, emails, text messages — smartphones today contain a plethora of personal information, and the thought of losing or having a smartphone stolen is extremely worrisome to many people. Our security research team recently conducted a survey of 167,904 customers worldwide and found that consumers in the United States are among those most likely to lose or have their phone stolen. We then wondered, who is affected more by a stolen or lost cell phone in the US, men or women?

Men carry out more security sensitive transactions on their phones

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Men in the US use their smartphones more often to take care of online banking, download apps, and believe it or not, shop more than women do. Women, on the other hand, use their smartphones more to text and to connect with friends on Facebook and other social networking platforms. Now, the logical conclusion would be that men are more at risk if they were to lose or get their cell phone stolen. You might think that online banking and credit card information stored in browsers and apps would be more appealing to smartphone thieves than personal information, status updates, and maybe even gossip.  But that is simply not the case. Read more…

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August 22nd, 2013

avast! Mobile Premium: The Ultimate in Mobile Security

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More than 25 million Android smartphone and tablet users protect their precious devices with AVAST’s free security app. Today, we are happy to provide even more awesome features in our new premium version, avast! Mobile Premium.

The security of data on mobile devices is a growing concern. Over a quarter (26%) of mobile phone owners have lost their phone or had it stolen, and that means that photos, contacts, and personal information, and in a growing number of cases-  company data, is exposed to crooks. This data loss is exacerbated because nearly 50% of US smartphone owners do not back up their content.

avast! Mobile Premium can help you recover your lost phone and data with superior back-up and anti-theft technology.

Erect an invisible fence around your phone

Geo-Fencing is one of the clever anti-theft features of avast! Mobile Premium. You set up a perimeter, for example, around the coffee shop, and choose some actions like setting a loud alarm. If a sticky-fingered thief tries to take your phone outside of the perimeter when you are distracted by your mocha latte, the alarm goes off, or the phone is locked. Gotcha! Read more…