Category Archives: Consumer Alerts

Pros and Cons of Mobile Banking

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Many major commercial banks are now offering consumers the choice to make deposits, send money, and perform other routine tasks using a mobile app. Bank customers can now use a smartphone or tablet for basic transactions like check deposits and bill payments, making it easier to keep an eye on finances without a trip to Read more…

How do I use the new Software Updater in avast 8?

Question of the week:  I just updated my avast to version 8. The new look is great! There’s a feature called Software Updater that looks interesting. How do I use it? Great question, and thanks for the compliment on avast! 8’s new look. To answer your question about the new avast! Software Updater, let me […]

Recent Breach at Evernote Offers a Lesson in Password Management

Just this weekend, some 50 million Evernote users, myself included, were asked to reset our account passwords after their security team saw signs of an attempted attack on information, including usernames, passwords, and application-linked email addresses. Luckily, there is no evidence to suggest that payment information for Evernote Business or Evernote Premium account holders has Read more…

My favorite avast! user feedback so far in 2013, from a ‘moonshiner’ in Wyoming

As most of our readers and fans know, we now protect more devices (PC, Mac, and Android) globally than any other antivirus provider. As our business model is such that our freemium software serves as our ‘advertising’ (we don’t do traditional advertising), and most of our users come to us via referrals, we receive quite […]

Sneaky little bastard

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It has been two or three months since I last blogged about Android malware. But that definitely doesn’t mean there aren’t any new threats. There are plenty! Here are two quick comparisons from the last two years: Growth of the malware problem of the platform in January 2012 compared with January 2013 is far from […]

Malware Attacks

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Make sure you friend Avast on Facebook so you won’t miss our original comic strip, MALWARE ATTACKS!!. Here’s a quick catch-up in case you missed the first installment – We meet unfortunate aliens fleeing their embattled home world in search of help against the evil Malware Empire. The fate of their planet rests on their […]

Taking Privacy to Extremes: What Consumers Need to Know

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin Personal privacy: It’s a tenant of American citizenship, but also the source of a long-held debate over the balance between an individual liberty and national security. Where should governments draw the line, and what Read more…

Apple Hit by Same Java Exploit as Facebook in Largest-Ever Cyber Attack on Corporate Mac Computers

Add Apple to the list of high-profile companies hit by hackers as of late, right on the heels of a similar attack on Facebook just last week. According to Reuters, this is the widest known cyber attack to ever target corporate Apple computers. In other words: This is a big deal. For both Facebook and Read more…

Taking Privacy to Extremes: What Consumers Need to Know

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin Personal privacy: It’s a tenant of American citizenship, but also the source of a long-held debate over the balance between an individual liberty and national security. Where should governments draw the line, and what Read more…