Deborah Salmi

12 August 2016

Forget TV ads – clean your slow PC with a product you can trust

You’ve seen PC optimizer ads on TV; but now there is one you can really trust! Newly designed Avast Cleanup expertly cleans and optimizes your PC in minutes.

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Albert Soriano

1 August 2016

How to update Avast Antivirus

Learn how to update Avast Antivirus by following these simple steps

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Deborah Salmi

9 June 2016

Out of storage? Photo Space creates space on your iPhone

New Photo Space app fits 7GB worth of photos into 1GB of space

How many times have you seen a message like this?
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If you are like the thousands of iPhone users around the world, then you see that message all too frequently. Of course, it always pops up just as you want to take a picture. 😬

People told us that to get more space they resort to uninstalling apps and deleting photos. A few get storage from iCloud, but they complain that they have no control and it gets expensive to pay for more space.

None of those are very good solutions. So we came up with something better.

Avast Photo Space

Photo Space is a free app that takes your high-quality photos and optimizes them to reduce the amount of storage they occupy. That means that you get 7 times more space for your photos and apps. 

Download from the App Store

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Deborah Salmi

3 June 2016

Do you know the social sites your tweens and teens are using?

We help you recognize popular social sites where your pre-teens and teenagers hang out.

Facebook maybe the number one stop for your teenager, but it's not the only social media platform that's popular. Seven out of 10 teenagers report that they use more than one social site to communicate with their friends and meet strangers. Here's a rundown of the most frequently used social media platforms among teens. For now.

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Julia Szymańska

2 April 2016

How to stand up against cyberbullying on Facebook?

Remember that bullying is never your fault, and it can happen to anyone. Bullying may make you feel embarrassed and like you’re all alone. But you’re not alone and it’s important to find someone who can help you through the situation. Reaching out to someone you trust.  ~reminds Facebook

Cyberbullying on Facebook

Facebook and other social channels are space for communication, sharing, and connecting with others. Unfortunately, it is also a space where cyberbullying takes place. Research provided by different organizations in the USA and UK shows scary numbers, and we are definitely witnesses of a new form of bullying on a massive scale. The psychological consequences can be very dramatic, therefore education is crucial for prevention and fighting this new phenomenon.

Read on to learn what to do if you or a friend is the victime of a cyberbully on Facebook.

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Julia Szymańska

28 March 2016

10 tips to keep teens' Facebook profiles safe

 

Protect your privacy on Facebook

"Connect with friends and the world around you on Facebook"

says the slogan of the social giant. Millions of Facebook users of different ages, nationalities, and genders share their daily life with family members and friends, and interact with brands. Among them there is a large group of teenagers who can be especially vulnerable target for cyber criminals. In this article I will help you make sure that Facebook is a safe place.

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Deborah Salmi

24 March 2016

What is SafeZone Browser?

Avast SafeZone browser makes online shopping and banking more secure.

Avast has long provided an extra layer of defense called SafeZone Browser in our premium products. We are currently giving SafeZone to a select number of Avast Free Antivirus users so we can learn what they think of the browser.

Avast SafeZone browser makes online shopping and banking more secure

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Julia Szymańska

26 February 2016

What happens to your Facebook account when you pass away?

We leave a huge digital footprint on Facebook. Did you ever think about what will happen with your data when you pass away?

 

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The social giant Facebook has existed long enough to realize that it is part of a human’s life events. We announce the most important milestones on our timelines by sharing with our Facebook friends the joy of getting married, having babies, or moving abroad. But what will happen with all that data when we pass away? Discussing your digital legacy isn't pleasant, but it's important is our reality. Don't leave it up to your family member, friends, or even worse: Facebook itself. In this article I will guide you through all the options you have, so you can make a conscious decision about your data, using the tools that Facebook offers to its users.

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Deborah Salmi

10 February 2016

Online dating scams target divorced, middle-aged women

mature woman looking out of the window on a rainy miserable day Romance, or Sweetheart, scammers troll for lonely, vulnerable people on dating sites

 

Lonely hearts still waiting for their soulmate are easy prey for online dating scams.

Many people search for love through online dating sites, dating apps, or social media. Unfortunately, before you find your prince (or princess), you have to eliminate the frogs.

"Romance" scammers, sometimes referred to as "sweetheart" scammers take advantage of vulnerable people, especially divorced women over 40, by posing as an eligible romantic prospect.

How romance scams work

It all starts with a fake online profile. Scammers may use a fake name or steal the identity of a real person. There is often more than one person perpetuating the scam - there have been reports of a room full of people working from the same script. Often they portray their fictional selves as living overseas or on active duty in the military. This gives them a good reason for why they cannot meet their intended in person.

Romance scams are a long form of social engineering. The scammer can take weeks building an interesting backstory that draws their victim in, but they often express strong emotional feelings in a short period of time, which keeps the victim psychologically engaged. They use words filled with love, share personal information, and sometimes even send their victims small gifts.

Once trust is established, the scammer will push to take the communications to email or an instant messenger service. The new online lover will soon have a problem which requires money to fix. It could be a personal emergency like a family member who needs immediate medical attention, or some kind of financial hardship like a failed business or street mugging.

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Deborah Salmi

4 February 2016

Sharing personal information plays part in Neiman Marcus hack

Data that you share on social media could end up for sale on the Dark Web.

Adjust your privacy settings on social networks. You never know who may be watching! Adjust your privacy settings on social networks. You never know who may be watching!

The luxury retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest victim of a data breach. At the end of January, Neiman Marcus notified their online customers that unauthorized individuals attempted to access customer's online accounts by trying various login and password combinations using automated attacks. The hackers were able to accurately guess the username and password combinations and access some online accounts. Neiman Marcus reported that only a small number of these accounts were used to make unauthorized purchases.

Personal information shared on social sites combined with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and username and passwords for sale on the Dark Web, are making data breaches of this type more common. Cybercrooks, terrorists, and nation states buy information from shady sites, then use it to break into banks, launder money, or make trouble for big U.S. companies like Neiman Marcus Group.

"These bad guys are assembling portfolios of individuals," said Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner in an interview with DataBreachToday about the breach. "They've got a big database of American citizens and all the data associated with their identity, and lots of different people are buying up this data on the Dark Web. And they're using this data to get to their targets."

Unsafe practices make hacker's jobs easier

Responsibility for customer safety belongs heavily with the organization. They should encrypt any customer contact information and use stronger authentication methods than just a username and password. But, we as consumers make the hacker's job easier by using the same username and password on multiple accounts. Once one set of credentials is compromised, then hackers will test them to get access to other websites.

We can take steps that make it harder for a cybercrook to gather information on us and break into our accounts.

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