Category Archives: Consumer Alerts

EncryptFree and Other Tools to Help Consumers Dodge Web Snooping

Just like in the offline world, you leave a virtual paper trail behind you on the web. Information about the websites you’ve visited and information you’ve entered on those sites is captured and used by many parties – from web advertisers to social media platforms (for instance, when Facebook recommends people you may know) to Read more…

Go AVAST go!

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Football is fun! It’s exciting, it brings us together… to share, to enjoy, to be proud (or ashamed?) of our favorite teams. Simply put, it creates a spirit of community. And we at AVAST Software realize how important community is. We also know that AVAST has a community of 22,000,000 users in Brazil. Given the […]

McAfee Hidden Device Admin Detector – Free Protection from Android Malware

A few weeks ago, we told you about Obad, a backdoor Trojan that targets the Android operating system (OS). What differentiates a Trojan from a traditional virus is that this type of software attempts to masquerade as something useful in order to trick users into opening the file and then leaves a backdoor open so Read more…

McAfee Hidden Device Admin Detector – Free Protection from Android Malware

A few weeks ago, we told you about Obad, a backdoor Trojan that targets the Android operating system. This Trojan affects all Android OS users, and it is strongly recommended that you address this flaw immediately! What does Obad do? Essentially, Obad enables the downloading of malicious apps onto your Android device right under your Read more…

What wouldn’t you do #withoutProtection?

Success of the last Hashtag challenge, available across the social media platforms, convinced us to continue with this idea. This weekend, we want to introduce you to a new one. Utilize the following Hashtag: “#withoutProtection” to let everybody know what would you never do #withoutProtection.  Would that be: sunbathing, travelling, leaving your kids, or maybe risking to leave […]

Sharing AVAST on Throwback Thursday

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Thursday is a fun day because we get to look back in time at how things were in the good ol’ days. It’s Throwback Thursday! AVAST is the world’s most popular antivirus software because our happy users recommend avast! Antivirus to their friends. Some think of creative ways to share. Here are a few examples: […]

Download with Caution! McAfee Identifies Risky Mobile App Sources

As more people use mobile devices in their daily lives, those devices are rendering them increasingly vulnerable to infection through the very apps we rely on to make our lives easier. According to McAfee’s recent report, “Mobile Security: McAfee Consumer Trends Report – June 2013”, malware threats have not only increased for mobile devices, but Read more…

Are You Stressed Out About Passwords? Consider a Simple Option

Used correctly, passwords help keep your personal information safe, and if you’re like me, you probably have dozens (or in my case hundreds) of online accounts and mobile apps that require one. So it’s no surprise that people have adapted some coping strategies to make passwords memorable yet distinctive. The most common mistake consumers made, Read more…

An unusual AVAST spotting

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When AVAST CTO, Ondrej Vlcek, was in Munich recently, he took an after-dinner stroll to see the Frauenkirche cathedral. Right next door to the cathedral is the Ferrari store, so he paused to do some window shopping. “Pretty standard stuff inside – lots of red t-shirts, red baseball hats and bunch of other clothing, plus […]

Cybercrooks use vacation posts to scam family members

Summertime means vacation time, and many of us brag share our plans on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. A recent survey by MoneyGram found that nearly one-third of consumers aged 18-49 post details about their vacations on social media before or during their trip, essentially broadcasting to the world when they will be […]