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Top 3 types of hacks against small websites

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This question, from a small-site owner with tens or hundreds of visitors per day, is an unfortunate but all too familiar one. One morning I started getting emails from my customers complaining that their antivirus reported my site as infected and won’t let them in. It must be some mistake because I don’t have an […]

How to carefully choose safe online shops

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In my previous article, I advised you on how to protect yourself against attempts to steal your money while shopping online. I promised to analyze another problem – how to find shops you can trust and recognize those you can’t. There are many e-shops and online markets on the internet. Some have a perfect reputation, […]

AVAST passes 200 million users milestone

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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 […]

How to shop safely online with the new avast! Free and Premium versions

Seasonal shopping fever starts with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a few weeks, but we’ve already seen terrific sales offered online by retailers getting an early start. Every year more people make their purchases online, with the intention of saving time and money and avoiding the crowds. There are, however, some people who love […]

First upgrade to avast! 2014, then to Windows 8.1

Are you ready to make the move to Windows 8.1? Reviews says that with Windows 8.1, Microsoft made some significant improvements, including restoring the much-missed start button. Make sure that your upgrade experience goes smoothly by installing avast! 2014 first. Avast! 2014 has Windows 8.1 certification which ensures that it meets compatibility standards and performs […]

A report from RSA Conference Europe 2013

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In today’s world where malware evolves and develops rapidly, sharing security information is the key element for success. Companies which ignore this fact  sooner of later suffer from the consequences of their bad decision. Malware researchers from all over the world regularly meet at various IT security conferences, where they learn from each other how […]

How do I access the avast! Virus Chest?

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Question of the week: What goes into the Virus Chest, and how do I remove what’s inside? Potentially harmful files are stored in a safe and completely isolated place called the avast! Virus Chest. This area keeps infected or otherwise suspicious files away from the rest of the operating system so they cannot cause damage […]

Halloween tricks move online

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Back in the good ol’ days of Halloween, you only had to worry about your house getting egged or your big brother stealing the good candy. Halloween tricks have moved online, and along with any significant event or holiday, this spooky celebration marks an increase in malware. Cyber ghouls pull out their bag of tricks […]

How many variations of “qwerty” and “1234? can you think of?

I am quite surprised at how inventive people can be when it comes to the thinking up weak passwords. The obviously weak combinations like ’1234′ or ‘qwerty’ along with names and phone numbers are quite common parts of passwords. Some background The story begins with me fighting a familiar piece of malware, Bicololo, which is […]