VPN service Hola, which has millions of users, recently came under fire for not being as up front with their users as they should have been. In the past weeks it has been revealed that Hola does the following:
- allows Hola users to use each others’ bandwidth
- sells their users’ bandwidth to their sister company Luminati (which recently helped facilitate a botnet attack)
- and, according to Vectra research, Hola can install and run code and additional software on their users’ devices without their users’ knowledge.
If you are an Hola user or if you know someone who uses Hola, please make sure you/they are aware of this.
Stay safe on public Wi-Fi while watching the game from anywhere in the world with Avast SecureLine VPN.
March Madness is in full swing — this year’s NCAA Tournament is now in its second week and we’re already down to the Sweet 16. When you think about March Madness, you probably think about your bracket, your favorite college basketball teams, and the bets you’ll place on those who you think will win the tournament. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of March Madness, it’s the betting process that you should really be paying attention to: this popular activity serves as the perfect opportunity for hackers to access your personal information.
Since most people watch the NCAA games in bars or cafes with friends, they make the majority of their bets using their mobile devices while connected to public and often unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but they‘re not safe. Cybercrooks can easily access and steal personal data when you‘re connected to these unprotected networks. Even if you’re transmitting data from one HTTPS site to another, it’s the connection in-between the two sites that really puts your data at risk. Additionally, developments such as real-time betting make the odds for getting hacked even greater.
During March Madness, a time of year when so many financial transactions are being made, cybercrooks are especially likely to steal your banking info (e.g. your credit card and/or account numbers) and personal info (e.g. your social security number, social media accounts, etc.). Avast SecureLine VPN for Android and updated for iOS devices keeps these cybercrooks at bay and securely allows you to use your PCs, smartphones, and tablets on unsecure Wi-Fi networks while participating in March Madness at your favorite bar or cafe.
“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, COO at AVAST. “We created Avast SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open Wi-Fi.”
Watch content from all over the world
You don’t have to miss a single game or your favorite program while you are traveling. SecureLine VPN makes it look like you’re connected from a different location, allowing you to view ‘local’ content anywhere because your shown geo-IP address will be different from your real one.
Keep your data and identity safe using Avast SecureLine
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Avast SecureLine VPN creates a private ‘tunnel’ through the internet for your data to travel through, and everything – your web browsing history, your email, your IMs, your VOIP, everything – inbound and outbound through the tunnel is encrypted. Even if your data is intercepted, your identity is protected, since Avast SecureLine masks your IP address.
For those of you interested in technical specs, here are the highlights:
- Avast Secureline VPN uses OpenVPN protocol.
- The encryption used is 256bit AES.
- Communication on all ports is encrypted.
How to get Avast SecureLine
Between February 24th-27th, visitors to AVAST booth – 5K29 in Hall 5 will learn how to stay safe from spying eyes and rampant security flaws including Apple’s recent exploit. We have prepared an interesting program, including live previews of all avast! SecureLine VPN and avast! Mobile Security features.
At the booth, the multi-lingual team will educate visitors about how AVAST’s various security products (for PC, Android, and iOS) can protect you from malicious programs regardless of origin or type, including malware from governments and official institutions. Products on display are:
avast! Secureline VPN
Visitors will learn how to use avast! Secureline VPN to anonymize public WiFi browsing. SecureLine is effective protection against hackers and spies accessing personal data and browsing activities as well as the threat of “man-in-the-middle-attacks” from the recent Apple SSL encryption bug.
avast! Mobile Security
The AVAST team will teach you how to use avast! Mobile Security to protect your Android devices from spies and hackers, avoid data loss, as well as defend against device theft, and malicious programs – including spy-agency malware that is whitelisted by others.
The team will also explain how avast! Anti-Theft works. You will learn how to view the location of a lost or stolen phone, activate an alarm, delete personal data to prevent unauthorized access, and even take photos of any thief and record their voice in order to recover a stolen device.
For the press
Journalists interested in speaking to an AVAST expert at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can meet up with our Security Experts. To arrange a meeting, contact our PR manager Marina Ziegler via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet her at @Marina_Z.
A major Apple security flaw allows cybercrooks and spies to grab personal information like email, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data. Apple confirmed researchers’ findings that the same SSL/TSL security flaw fixed with the latest iOS 7.0.2 update is also present in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.
Please apply the patches as advised in this post.
It is clear that we need constant protection to cover flaws that will always exist; flaws that we are not even aware of. Reuter‘s reported that
The bug has been present for months, according to researchers who tested earlier versions of Apple’s software. No one had publicly reported it before, which means that any knowledge of it was tightly held and that there is a chance it hadn’t been used.
But documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden showed agents boasting that they could break into any iPhone, and that hadn’t been public knowledge either.
It’s very public now, and that means the race is on between cybercrooks to exploit the flaw and Apple to fix it. You are exposed until the bugs are identified by the vendor, a patch is created, and it’s pushed out or you install it. Your vulnerability increases when you use public WiFi Hotspots.
Your best protection is constant protection
It’s precisely because we put ourselves at risk by using free WiFi, and we don’t know when the next security crisis is coming that we need constant protection. SecureLine VPN is that protection. Read more…
Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod users: Update your mobile operating system iOS now to patch a serious SSL encryption bug that opens you wide to a “man-in-the-middle-attack,” (MITM) especially when you use unsecured WiFi, for example at a cafe, hotel, or airport, even at your home. The flaw is “as bad as you could imagine” says one cryptography expert.
What is protected and what’s not
The 7.0.6 update is for all devices that can run iOS 7; iPhone (4 and later), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad (2nd generation).
The iOS 6.1.6 update is for the iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch.
ATTENTION: The bug still exists in Apple’s Mac OS X 10.9.1 desktop operating system and there is no patch for it at this time.
- 1. Plug the device into your computer
- 2. Open iTunes
- 3. Click the device name
- 4. Click the button that says, “Check for update”
The best protection is VPN
This security flaw allows a cybercrook to use an insecure WiFi connection to put a man electronically “in the middle” of the transactions you make on your iPhone or iPad to intercept data.
“The flaw is in SSL, and the easiest way to exploit that is via unsecure/public WiFi,” said Ondřej Vlček, AVAST’s COO told Apple users in San Francisco before the annual RSA conference begins. “avast! SecureLine VPN for iOS can protect against the Apple security bug.”
The MITM attack gives them access to the information you thought was secure like credit card numbers. The best protection is to plug that hole with a VPN product.
How to get avast! SecureLine
avast! SecureLine VPN is available as a monthly or yearly subscription for iOS in the Apple App Store.
Watch this video for more information on avast! SecureLine VPN
Text written in cooperation with Magdalena Kuberacka
AVAST Software is a well known brand thanks to its multi awarded avast! Free Antivirus. However, AVAST is much more than just a great free antivirus solution you probably use on your home computer. Our avast! Business Solutions present portfolio of products designed especially for the Small and Medium Business and offered both online and through our advanced network of business partners representing our brand locally.
AVAST expanded its SMB portfolio and products compatibility.
Starting from January, avast! Endpoint Protection compatibility now includes full support for all Microsoft Windows versions from Windows XP through Windows 8.1. This means that small and mid-sized businesses don’t have to compromise on security, while using a mix of older PCs with the latest Windows tablets, touchscreens and convertible Windows 8.1 devices.
The avast! Business Solutions portfolio has recently expanded to include avast! SecureLine VPN, providing safe public hot-spot connection. This solution is both conveniently packaged and favorably priced, from 5 PCs and up, to fit the needs of small and medium businesses. This solution is offered exclusively via AVAST Business partners. Read more…
We’ve got the tool you need when you’re on the road this holiday season and all year long! Stay safe when using public WiFi ‘hotspot’ networks and access your favorite content from your PC with no regional restrictions when you use avast! SecureLine VPN.
avast! SecureLine secures your data and computer from intrusive hackers when using public WiFi hotspots at airports, cafes, libraries and hotels.
Your public WiFi communications are encrypted, which means that someone snooping on you will see a bunch of gibberish instead of your email, files, passwords, etc.
Your browsing is anonymous because avast! SecureLine VPN cloaks your IP address to keep your private searches private.
When you travel and need web access from different locations, you may find some sites blocked. Now you can use servers located in multiple countries (e.g. UK, USA, etc.) to access Geo-blocked websites like Netflix or Pandora.
You have until the end of the year to take advantage of 33% off a 1 year license for avast! SecureLine. Get it now!
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With avast! SecureLine for Android, you can securely use your smartphones and tablets on unsecure WiFi networks while traveling or in your favorite cafe. Those of you who live in parts of world without access to foreign services and restricted content (Netflix, Pandora, etc.) will now have a solution to their problem with avast! SecureLine. Best of all, beta testers will exclusively get a one month subscription for FREE!
Try it out and give us your feedback! We’ll be working hard to bring you the best possible product.
Please note this important open beta information:
- Only 2 servers, New York and London, will be available during the beta. The full release will include more around the world.
- Exclusive 1-month free subscription for beta testers. The standard free trial will be 7 days after the beta closure.
- avast! SecureLine runs on Android 4.0 and higher
How to install:
1. Join our beta Google+ group at http://plus.google.com/communities/112394513906169233317
2. Click on the avast! SecureLine (beta) link on this page http://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.avast.android.vpn. Once you (the user) join, the link will become active and you can opt-in.
3. Click on “Become a tester”.
4. Download through Google Play on your device OR install directly from Google Play website.avast! SecureLine for Android has an open beta, and you are invited to join!
This summer, lots of us will be chilling out by the pool at hotels around the world, surfing the Internet and checking email. Along with a burger and fries, 11,500 McDonalds are now serving up free WiFi so customers can access the Internet using their laptops, smartphones, or tablets at no charge. You can sip a refreshing iced mocha at Starbucks and access free WiFi with no subscription required, no password, and no time limit.
This trend is expanding to more restaurants, cafes and hotels globally, and people are using it. AVAST conducted a survey of our global users and more than 340,000 people responded. Half of PC users in the US (50%) connect via public WiFi, and worldwide, 46% use unsecured open WiFi. Read more…