Category Archives: Consumer Alerts

How to keep your Windows system running like new

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The top active members in one of our largest and most active communities, the AVAST forum, are called evangelists. These evangelists are technically skilled people who love to help and guide our users, free or paid, through the technology and security jungle. They try to keep things simple for all levels and in this blog, […]

Update Your Android OS! It Could Save You from Cyber Attacks

Although some change can be great, we’re not always thrilled when modifications are made to things we’ve become accustomed to expecting. It’s easy to get thrown off when your local supermarket relocates the produce section across the store, or when a go-to dish is removed from the menu at your favorite restaurant. And many of Read more…

Update Your Android OS! It Could Save You from Cyber Attacks

Although some change can be great, we’re not always thrilled when modifications are made to things we’ve become accustomed to expecting. It’s easy to get thrown off when your local supermarket relocates the produce section across the store, or when a go-to dish is removed from the menu at your favorite restaurant. And many of Read more…

How schools can save big with AVAST Free for Education

Keeping kids safe while they are online is a major concern for educational institutions from schools to libraries to museums. Schools in the United States spend a lot of money on education technology—it was estimated at $56 billion dollars in 2012. That’s about $400 per student per year. A portion of that is earmarked for […]

Why Should You be Careful When Using Hotspots or Free Wi-Fi?

These days, it’s not uncommon for us to connect to Wi-Fi wherever we go. In fact, we’ve come to expect there will be a Wi-Fi connection—at hotels, coffee shops, airports, and now even on some flights—pretty much everywhere. While the ability to connect just about anywhere is convenient, it also has opened the door for Read more…

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

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 […]

Twitter Housekeeping: Clean up Your Third-Party Access

It’s difficult sometimes to think what many of us did before Twitter. How did we find out about the latest breaking news on a storm, local crime, or the next backlash in the Perez Hilton / Lady Gaga feud? We used to have to wait hours for a story to be reported on T.V. or Read more…

How Safe is Your Android Pin Code? A New Robot Can Easily Break In

By now, many smartphone users know that a first step to securing their mobile data is to lock their phones with some sort of passcode, the most common method being the four-digit PIN. Admittedly, a PIN code seems pretty safe and practically impossible for a human to break—considering the time it would take to manually Read more…

Linux Trojan “Hand of Thief” ungloved

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A new threat for the Linux platform was first mentioned on August 7th by RSA researchers, where it was dubbed Hand of Thief.  The two main capabilities of this Trojan are form-grabbing of Linux-specific browsers and entering a victim’s computer by a back-door. Moreover, it is empowered with features like anti-virtualization and anti-monitoring. With the […]