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Avira goes Prime time with its new all-in-one premium subscription service

Avira goes Prime time with its new all-in-one premium subscription service - Avira Prime

We have launched Avira Prime, the industry’s first all-in-one subscription service that provides you with convenient, no-obligation coverage for all of your online security, privacy, and performance needs. The Prime range of solutions cover the major operating systems for today’s growing portfolios of online devices, whether they run on Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. With […]

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Protect sensitive documents and data with AVG’s Data Safe

If you need to protect sensitive files or documents on your PC, you’re going to want an extra layer of security. AVG’s Data Safe feature can help.

Data Safe encrypts and stores your valuable documents, pictures or any other files onto a password-protected virtual disk on your PC. You can move files into your Data Safe and open them just like any other disk.

The contents of your AVG Data Safe are protected using AES 256-bit encryption. Once the Data Safe is locked it needs a password to be opened, without the password it’s not possible to access the contents—so your documents will remain protected.

AVG Data Safe is available in:

How to create a Data Safe


  • Open AVG.
  • In the AVG interface, click the Computer tab
  • On the Data Safe tab, click Create Safe.
  • Create a name for the Safe
  • Fill in the Password twice—for verification. Make it strong and memorable.
  • Fill in the Password hint. Remember: If you forget your password you will not be able to access your files!
  • Click Next.
  • Select a Location and the Size of the vault, review the other options.
  • When you’re happy with your choices, click Create Safe.

Once the Safe has been created, click the Open Now button. If the safe isn’t already unlocked, fill in your password to unlock the safe for the first time. The safe will now be accessible via the selected drive letter in Windows Explorer.

How to lock your Data Safe

  • Open AVG.
  • In the AVG interface, click the Computer tab, and then click Manage your Safes.
  • Click the Unlocked slider next to the safe you want to lock. The status will change from unlocked to locked, and the Data Safe virtual drive will be disabled.

If you want to try AVG’s Data Safe feature for yourself, download a 30-day trial of AVG Internet Security. If you have multiple PCs and devices, you can protect and mange them all with AVG Protection PRO.

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10 key facts you need to know about cyber insurance

The regular occurrence of data breaches is pushing organizations to think more seriously about updating their risk management policies. With that in mind, we look at the top ten things you need to know about cyber insurance, which is fast becoming a business necessity.

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AVG Business kicks off Cybersecurity Month with free upgrade to 2016 Business Software Suite

AMSTERDAM – September 30, 2015 – AVG® Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security company™ for more than 200 million monthly active users, today announced the release of its 2016 Business Edition software suite with new versions of its AVG AntiVirus Business Edition and AVG Internet Security Business Edition products. The 2016 suite, central to the company’s expanded security strategy for business, provides enterprise scale security to channel partners and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the frontline defense against malware and online threats.

Available worldwide, the products include a free remote management console to provide businesses easy and efficient remote access to all systems on a network. Technical support is also included at no cost.

“Today’s release of our core AntiVirus and Internet Security products for business delivers new and advanced cybersecurity protections and we are excited to get these into the hands of our channel and small to medium businesses across the globe,” said Joanna Brace, VP of Marketing and Product Marketing, AVG Business. “Online security is our core expertise and it is a fundamental requirement for business growth and success in today’s connected world. With the release of these critical security solutions, we are once again demonstrating our online security leadership and commitment to our customers.”

Today’s news is timed with two industry initiatives European Cyber Security Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, underscoring AVG’s leadership in online security and its strong commitment to protecting devices, data and people at work and at home. In support of these initiatives, channel partners will receive free upgrades to the 2016 Business Edition with renewals of existing licenses. AVG Business is also hosting security webinars for SMBs and providing comprehensive reseller kits for partners.

Features of the new 2016 Business Edition upgrade include:

  • New Scanning Engine: Scans faster and smarter with cloud-based detection technology
    The 2016 scanning engine implements AVG’s most advanced algorithms, providing better protection and shorter scanning times. It is also driven by new cloud-based detection technologies that leverage the majority of AVG’s 200 million endpoints to rapidly recognize new and emerging threats and deliver virus updates in as close to real-time as possible.
  • New Real-Time Outbreak Detection: Uses crowd intelligence technology for better protection
    Crowd intelligence technology has been added to AVG’s cloud-based outbreak detection to identify even the newest malware variants and outbreaks in software, all in real-time.
  • New Artificial Intelligence Detection: Uses advanced intelligence to identify threats
    Advanced artificial intelligence has been added to proactively identify new threats in real-time before our AVG VirusLab team has catalogued the threats.
  • Online Shield: Uses the Cloud to guard against today’s threats
    The 2016 Online Shield delivers today’s best cloud-based detection to more quickly identify dangerous downloads.
  • Data Safe: Protects your company’s most valuable data
    Data Safe lets businesses create password-protected virtual disks on their system, ensuring they can confidently encrypt and protect folders, files and data securely.
  • File Shredder: Deletes data securely
    Industry-compliant File Shredder securely deletes data to help prevent unintended recovery.

The AVG AntiVirus Business Edition and AVG Internet Security Business Edition are available now.

Channel partners can work directly with their account managers and also download our comprehensive reseller kits at our Reseller Center: https://secure.avg.com/rc-login. SMBs can purchase from the AVG.com web site: http://www.avg.com/business-security.

The AVG Business Portfolio

The AVG Business portfolio includes AVG Business CloudCare™, a free cloud-based administration platform offering channel partners a simple way to implement and manage services such as antivirus, content filtering, online backup and email security services for their customers, using centralized and highly customizable policies; the 2016 AVG Business Edition, a suite of software solutions that includes AVG AntiVirus Business Edition and AVG Internet Security Business Edition and offers comprehensive security protection for channel partners and SMBs;  AVG Business Managed Workplace, a comprehensive remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform with integrated premium remote control for channel partners and their clients; and AVG Business Secure Sign-On, a next-generation mobile device management service.

Supported by a worldwide network of more than 10,000 partners, AVG’s strong IT security heritage complements its proven strength as an RMM provider and partner to help smaller IT companies and MSPs transition and flourish as fully-fledged managed services businesses.

To view our Press Kit, which includes product screenshots, video and other elements of this news, please visit http://now.avg.com/avg-2016-business-edition-press-kit.

About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)

AVG is the online security company providing leading software and services to secure devices, data and people. AVG’s award-winning technology is delivered to over 200 million monthly active users worldwide. AVG’s Consumer portfolio includes internet security, performance optimization, and personal privacy and identity protection for mobile devices and desktops. The AVG Business portfolio – delivered by managed service providers, VARs and resellers – offers IT administration, control and reporting, integrated security, and mobile device management that simplify and protect businesses.

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Avira Threats Landscape: Visualizing threats for you

Every day, thousands of different malicious programs are trying to infect as many devices as possible. The goal is the same for all of them: Get your data and if possible your money as well.

We have always been the firsts to learn about the threats that loom over every owner of a PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone, but us having all the insights is not enough. While studying threats, keeping an eye on where they appear, and adapting our programs accordingly makes sure we keep our users as safe as possible, it’s still complicated to explain to the rest of the world why being protected is that important.

Sure, one reads about the newest threats, but only other people are affected by them, right? Especially big companies or governmental institutions seem to be the targets, so why bother at all. And that is where people are wrong. While the media most often talks about high profile cases, everyone else is at risk just as well! Every day there are millions of threats which have only one goal, namely to infect your devices. Be it your smartphone, laptop, Mac or PC – each and every one of them is at risk. Just think about the latest iOS and OS X exploits or the different ways cybercriminals try to gain control over what’s on your computer.

Check out the Avira Threats Landscape to find out where danger is lurking. #cybersecurity

In order to make our point we decided to share our insights with you in form of an interactive map. Our Avira Threats Landscape allows you to not only see which countries are the top targeted ones but also which threats are popping up the most and how many threats were detected in your country. Take a look at it, you won’t regret it. And when you see just how far reaching and widespread those threats are, make sure to warn your family and friends as well.  The most important thing though: Stay protected!

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AVG offers free updates ahead of Windows 10 release

While users will benefit from many of the great new features in Windows 10, it’s equally important that they continue to protect their device and their data.

Which is why AVG will begin rolling out free product updates for our PC security products to ensure that our users are Windows 10 ready.

The rollout of AVG updates will happen automatically in the next few weeks, so there is no need for you to take action.

Once you’ve updated, you’ll be greeted by the latest AVG dashboard. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the features to make sure you’re fully protected.

If, for whatever reason, you find that you’re still running an old version, you can manually update to the latest version by downloading and running the installer that applies to your AVG product..

  • If you’re on AVG Internet Security, AVG AntiVirus, or AVG AntiVirus Free, run this installer.
  • If you’ve got an AVG security product as part of our Protection or Ultimate bundle, run this installer.

These installers will replace your older version of AVG with an up to date one. No need to re-enter your license keys.

‘Future Crimes’ – A New Book That Takes on the Future of Cybercrime

“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”
– Marc Goodman

As anyone who reads this space knows, I’m a big fan of the Internet of Things, and yet equally worried about security in this brave new world.

A new book “Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It” emphasises these points and makes some suggestions.

What struck me is that many of what crimes Goodman labels as “future crimes” are already happening all around us. From the recent ISIS hack of French TV station to the epic hacks of the past year on major brands from Sony to Target, Home Depot and Chase. We’re definitely already at the intersection of connected technology and cybercrime.

“We’ve gone ahead and wired this world but failed to secure it,” Goodman said in a tweet. “We can but it’s going to be hard.”

Goodman writes about identity theft, stolen data, smartphone hacks, and speculates worryingly about the future. He sees this getting worse, of course, with the advent of smart houses, smart cars, and an increasingly wired world.

The recent wave of cybercrimes illustrates his warnings, and is one of the reasons it’s become a hit. The book was rated as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month in March and is a bestseller on the New York Times “Crime and Punishment” list.

When he writes about the future of technology, from smart pacemakers to 3-D technology, and the shadowy figures out to exploit the weaknesses of these devices, it can read like science fiction. But, as we’re fully aware at AVG, a connected future is rapidly approaching and it’s reality, not fiction.

Goodman does offer some positives, which is what made the book interesting to me: Without action this would be a litany of gloom and doom. He suggests the sharing of information between public and private sectors, something President Obama has been strongly advocating. Goodman also envisions  a “Manhattan Project” type organization combining the best and brightest from the private and governmental sector.

Goodman also says it is crucial to increase the technical knowledge of ordinary people, who use technology on an everyday basis. I think this is a very good idea. From our Clinton Global Initiative Smart User Mission to our Magda and Mo ebook series for children, at AVG we view it as part of our mission to we teach internet safety to the new generation of users coming online.  As Goodman points out, being tech savvy is only going to increase in importance.

Banking Trojan Vawtrak: Harvesting Passwords Worldwide

Over the last few months, AVG has tracked the rapid spread of a banking Trojan known as Vawtrak (aka Neverquest or Snifula).

Once it has infected a system, Vawtrak gains access to bank accounts visited by the victim. Furthermore, Vawtrak uses the infamous Pony module for stealing a wide range of login credentials.

While Vawtrak Trojans are not new, this particular sample is of great interest.


How and where is it spreading?

The Vawtrak Trojkan spreads in three main ways:

  • Drive-by download – in the form of spam email attachments or links to compromised sites
  • Malware downloader – such as Zemot or Chaintor
  • Exploit kit – such as Angler

Based on our statistics, the Czech Republic, USA, UK, and Germany are the most affected countries by the Vawtrak campaigns this year.

Countries most affected by the spreading of Vawtrak in Q1 2015.


What are the features of this Vawtrak?

This Vawtrak sample is remarkable for the high number of functions that it can execute on a victim’s machine. These include:

  • Theft of multiple types of passwords used by user online or stored on a local machine;
  • Injection of custom code in a user-displayed web pages (this is mostly related to online banking);
  • Surveillance of the user (key logging, taking screenshots, capturing video);
  • Creating a remote access to a user’s machine (VNC, SOCKS);
  • Automatic updating.

Of particular interest from a security standpoint is that by using Tor2web proxy, it can access update servers that are hosted on the Tor hidden web services without installing specialist software such as Torbrowser.

Moreover, the communication with the remote server is done over SSL, which adds further encryption.

This Vawtrak sample also uses steganography to hide update files inside of favicons so that downloading them does not seem suspicious. Each favicon is only few kilobytes in size, but it is enough to carry a digitally signed update file hidden inside.


Detailed analysis

Our complete analysis of this malware is too long to publish in full on this blog so we have prepared a detailed white paper that describes this infection, its internals and functions in detail.


You can also download the report here


Stay Safe

While this Vawtrak Trojan is very flexible in functionality, it’s coding is mostly basic and can be defended against. At AVG, we protect our users from Vawtrak in several ways:

  • AVG LinkScanner and Online Shield provide real-time scanning of clicked links and web pages containing malicious code.
  • AVG Antivirus for generic detection of malicious files and regular scans.
  • AVG Identity Protection, that uses a behavioral-based detection, will detect even the latest versions of such infections.
  • AVG Firewall prevents any unsolicited network traffic, such as communication with a C&C server.

Will 2015 be the biggest yet for Cybersecurity?

President Obama’s recently announced comprehensive new cybersecurity proposal for the U.S., highlighted in his State of the Union address (you can see a full transcript of this address here), puts the issue of cybersecurity where it should be: front and center.

The high-profile cyber-attacks and hacks of the past year have drawn a mainstream spotlight to cybersecurity. As the President emphasized in his address: “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids.”

What are my thoughts? I think this is a real, actionable step in the right direction to increase the war on cyber-attacks and protect consumers and businesses.

The new Presidential cybersecurity proposal, officially announced  on December 19 at  the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, aims to move to quicker and more active security breach and threat reporting.

Image courtesy of The Guardian

According to the White House announcement, the proposal would create a more proactive environment for companies and organizations in the private sector to share security breaches with the government. The proposal, for example, would criminalize the sale of stolen financial data, and mandate that companies notify consumers about data breaches, as well as protect companies from liability.

As stated by the White House, “Specifically, the proposal encourages the private sector to share appropriate cyber threat information with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), which will then share it in as close to real-time as practicable with relevant federal agencies and with private sector-developed and operated Information.”

Information sharing provides a way to get a real-time response to these breaches. But it’s the old left-hand, right-hand problem.  Information sharing would speed up an organized response to a data breach or cyber-threat and allow a concerted response. But there remain legitimate concerns in many camps about the information shared.

This proposal seems to be well crafted in that it recognizes a general apprehension of handing over information to the government, a genuine concern (even an obsession) for many. The plan seeks to mollify privacy concerns by requiring participating companies to comply with a set of restrictions, such as removing “unnecessary personal information” and to protect personal information that has been shared.

A national standard in the United States for reporting breaches has been a long time coming. If you’re a company that has been hacked, your obligations are different in different states. If your information has been hacked, a company’s obligation to report it to you currently depends on the regulations of the state you reside in, which simply doesn’t make sense. If you’ve been hacked by someone from Russia, for example, does it matter whether you live in Connecticut or Texas? The problem is a global one, but a national plan is a great move.

The new cybersecurity proposal has critics and supporters lining up in debate.  And the prospect is real that this cybersecurity plan like previous proposals could become stalled in Congress.

“cybersecurity needs to be proactive in preventing and detecting cyber crime”.

We all need to focus on the idea that cybersecurity is not just reactive, but needs to be proactive – in preventing and detecting cyber crime. The President’s proposal is a step along that path.

I’m looking forward to a next step and results of the newly announced Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on February 13, 2015 which will convene a wide variety of groups for industry, private and public – to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.

The good news is that momentum for cybersecurity is building. If we can get business, government, and the security industry in this country working from the same digital page, the benefits could be tremendous.

It’s a critical and very exciting time to be in digital security.

What can you do to mark Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is fast approaching on February 10. and now is a great time to think about what we can all do to help make the Internet a safer place for everyone, especially children or those just coming online.

I am pleased to announce that AVG is a registered supporter of Safer Internet Day and that this year we will be working with the Anti Bullying Alliance in the UK to create valuable resources for young people and parents.

Safer Internet Day


The Internet is an incredible tool and every one of us uses it in our own way. It is important to think about small steps that you can take to make the Internet a safer place for yourself, your friends and family.

These days, being safe online doesn’t just mean on your computer. Mobile browsing and gaming is more popular than ever and with micropayments available at the click of a button, staying safe on your mobile is a must.

Here are some great tips on how to stay safe on your Android device.


Mobile Safety Tips


Get Involved

Whether you run a business or just use Facebook, Safer Internet Day is about working together to create a more secure, harmonious web for us all to enjoy.

The Safer Internet Day website has several resources that can help you get started if you are thinking of getting involved.

Here are a few ways I plan to mark Safer Internet Day 2015:

  • Social sharing spring clean: A quick double check to make sure I’m only sharing with people that I want to.
  • Two Factor Authentication: Enabling this on my email and banking will help make sure my online accounts are as safe as they can be.
  • Set a passcode on my tablet: Protecting your online world starts with the devices and setting a passcode will help keep my devices and data safe.


At very least, I would recommend taking the Safer Internet quiz, which has loads of great tips on staying safe online.