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February 1st, 2016

The cat and mouse game of internet security

Virus Lab analysts can see real-time threats on the monitoring wall

Virus Lab analysts can see real-time threats on the monitoring wall

Security is an evolutionary business rather than a revolutionary one.

“Computer security has been around for 25 or 30 years and the threats keep evolving,” Avast CEO Vince Steckler in a video interview with ValueTech.

The solutions keep evolving too. “If you go back 20 years ago, the big issue was script kiddies and big public splashes of viruses that frankly didn’t cause any harm. These days, things are much more complicated. You don’t have big flaws, big loopholes for bad guys to take advantage of. What this turned into is a cat and mouse game.

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November 6th, 2013

AVAST passes 200 million users milestone


CEO Vince Steckler announced today that AVAST Software’s antivirus products are now protecting more than 200 million PCs, smartphones and devices worldwide.

“We are now securing over 200 million computers, and phones around the world,” said Mr. Steckler in a video address to avast! Antivirus users. “This is a milestone that no other software security company has ever come close to.”

AVAST is used by more people than the combined users of competitors AVG Technologies, Symantec, and McAfee. The software is available in 43 languages, many of them localized by volunteers, and has over 1 million users in 38 different countries. The largest markets for AVAST are Brazil with 28 million customers, France with 15 million, and the U.S. and Russia with over 13 million each.  Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus applications.

AVAST Software co-founder, Eduard Kučera, introduced free antivirus protection years ago because he believed that all computer users deserve protection from harmful threats, and that computer safety should not be a luxury only a few can afford.

“Our philosophy is we should not be a good product, but a perfect product,” Kučera said. “We provide the community with a perfect product.”

So perfect, that 72% of AVAST users have recommended it to someone else, which is the primary way AVAST spreads it message since virtually no money is spent on advertising. AVAST has never strayed from the vision of offering a high-end antivirus product for free while building a wide user base.

“And it’s all due to you, our loyal users who recommend and distribute our product to their family and friends,” said Steckler, “I can’t think of a better way of celebrating our 25th year in business. Thank you for your loyalty!”

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