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Can your bad passwords cost you money and cause trouble?

From football stars to cheating spouses, using easy-to-crack passwords puts everything from your livelihood to your relationships at risk.

passwords should be long and strongChange your passwords regularly and don’t share them with others

A tweet showing top NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil taking a hit off a bong through a gas mask cost him upwards of $13 million. Tunsil’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked at the worst time – just minutes before the draft began – making his fall from the first round to thirteenth swift, decisive, and oh, so costly. Minutes after that, his Instagram account was hacked to show screenshots of a text conversation implicating Ole Miss in NCAA rule-breaking that will likely end up in an investigation.

This mind-boggling turn of events in what should have been a night of triumph for Tunsil and his university has a lesson for the rest of us.

Avast security news wrap-up

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Get your Avast update on hot topics like WhatsApp privacy, hacks on WordPress and Joomla, Android exploits, and more.

Woman using WhatsAppWhat WhatsApp’s new end-to-end encryption means for you

The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has improved its privacy by encrypting all the messages that are sent with their service. We explain what this means to you and how to make sure you and your friends benefit from the higher security standards.

How to stand up against cyberbullying on Facebook?

Remember that bullying is never your fault, and it can happen to anyone. Bullying may make you feel embarrassed and like you’re all alone. But you’re not alone and it’s important to find someone who can help you through the situation. Reaching out to someone you trust.  
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Cyberbullying on Facebook

Facebook and other social channels are space for communication, sharing, and connecting with others. Unfortunately, it is also a space where cyberbullying takes place. Research provided by different organizations in the USA and UK shows scary numbers, and we are definitely witnesses of a new form of bullying on a massive scale. The psychological consequences can be very dramatic, therefore education is crucial for prevention and fighting this new phenomenon.

Read on to learn what to do if you or a friend is the victime of a cyberbully on Facebook.

Safeguarding Business at CeBIT 2016

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Last week was an exciting week for professionals in the security industry. CeBIT 2016, an annual global conference with an emphasis on digital business and transformation, brought in security experts from across the globe to Hanover, Germany.

During the third day of CeBIT, Avast CEO Vince Steckler spoke on a panel titled “Safeguarding Business”.

TGIF: Avast security news wrap-up for March 2016

Get your Avast update on ransomware, mobile security, social media, and enterprise security.

Mac ransomware demands paymentMac users get first taste of ransomware

Mac users got attacked by ransomware in the first fully functional attack on OS X. Now that hackers have proven that Mac users are a viable target, it’s time to move on from the myth that Macs are impervious to attack and get protection. 

Locky_campaign_flow-132996-edited.pngA closer look at the Locky ransomware

Ransomware attacks targeting PC users are quite successful. New variants are introduced, but they have the same format- encrypt your files and demand payment for the key to unlock them. The Avast Virus Lab did a deep analysis of ransomware dubbed Locky. This is deep look was followed by Locky’s JavaScript downloader, which describes the phishing campaign that has emerged as the main infection vector.

Making security a priority in mobile enterprise environments


Today at CeBIT 2016, Avast CEO Vince Steckler delivered a keynote speech focusing on the security risks in mobile enterprise environments. In his presentation, he discussed how mobile activity influences both employees and employers alike. Let’s take a closer look into the speech: