In anticipation of Avast’s thirtieth anniversary, we sat down with our founders, Pavel Baudiš and Eduard (Eda) Kučera to talk about Avast’s history and its future. The two men met in a world marked by its profound lack of freedom, and together navigated changing political, social, and technological circumstances to build the Avast we know today — a company that makes it possible for hundreds of millions of people to enjoy true freedom online. In the course of a few hours, we heard their take on writing the precursor to the Avast antivirus, creating their own company in the wake of the Velvet Revolution, becoming a serious player in the global antivirus market, and going all-in on the freemium business model, without which there would be no free Avast security today.
When was our birthday? (Hint: Start at 2018 and count backwards)
We had a bit of an identity crisis early on. What did we call ourselves?
Every hero needs an origin story. Which virus were we created to stop?
Avast was born from broken dreams. What did our founders, Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš, want to do before going into computers?
Kids, skip this question: why is HideMyAss’ mascot a donkey?
Because it’s another word for “butt”
Because we stubbornly protect people’s privacy
Because we work “as hard as a mule”
In 1997, one of our competitors tried to buy us out: who?
There’s no excuse not to be safe online. When did we release our first free antivirus?
Whoa! We’re getting all Carl Sagan in here! What’s this a picture of?
The vast, beautiful universe
Some funky new video game
A visualization of our enormous database of files (viewable in VR!)
Who is our famous chess-playing spokesperson?
Everything needs protection, including your phone. When did we make the first android antivirus so you could do just that?
Which of the following passwords do you think is the most secure:
Neither, don’t share your passwords online!
We might not be youtube famous, but what was the first video we posted there?
“Avast Free Antivirus gets Gold”
“The Daily Buzz with Avast”
Say… what does “Avast” actually mean, anyway?
We’re all over the world but we’ve got one home: where’s our HQ?
The Czech Republic
The United States
What makes Avast so great?
Our blob logo.
Vince, our CEO
You, our users!
Ready for some fun? We hope you realize…these are our most advanced questions. Enjoy 😉
Who do you love more? Your Mom, or your antivirus?
Mom — she bakes awesome brownies
AV — it protects all my, um… “private data”
We really hope you didn’t take this question seriously. Your mom is an angel
When a pop-up asks for your credit card number, you should
Hand it over — but only if it asked nicely!
Give them your mom’s, just in case it’s a hoax.
Panic and throw your computer out the nearest open window.
Do you understand the dangers of clickbait?
Wait, it’s dangerous?
If I win a GODDAMN large sum of money, there can’t be anything wrong with that!
It’s only dangerous if you’re on the receiving end — muahahaha — CLICKNOW2win
What does VPN stand for?
Very Punctual Norwegians
Vicki Picks Noses
Vicious Police Nuggets
When the internet keeps telling you about cookies
I’m on a diet, please, stop sabotaging my road to recovery
Wait, they track me, right? Is it the Po-Po?
I make cookies in my sleep
That’s it, thank you!
Ops, you are wrong!
You are right!
It’s our 30th birthday! We’ve been taking a look back at how we got to where we are today, and we’ve collected a few interesting tidbits you may not know about us.
This Saturday, June 16, we are throwing open our doors at Avast HQ in Prague for an unforgettable all-day adventure, and you’re invited. Whether you’re a developer, engineer, security expert, amateur hacker, or just someone interested in cybersecurity and hacking, you’re more than welcome to attend.
If you’re in the area, come visit us at the Privacy & Security conference taking place this Wednesday and Thursday in The Hague. Avast is a proud sponsor of the GSMA Mobile 360 Series, showcasing relevant discussions for mobile network operators (MNOs), but actually important for any business in the wider digital ecosystem. The two-day gathering of industry leaders will focus on the latest evolving cyberthreats and their respective solutions. GSMA organizers deliberately scheduled the event to take place just as the new GDPR rules and regulations kick in and online privacy is a key concern for people around the world.
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This year’s RSA Conference drew attendees from all over the world to San Francisco’s Moscone Center last week to learn the latest on cyberthreats, vulnerabilities, and security products. The event consisted of more than 550 sessions, which covered everything from General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the Internet of Things (IoT).