Avast Security Launches in U.S. With Free PC, Mac Versions
Avast is Europe's top-selling personal security software, and it is now making its formal debut in the United States.Let's face it: When it comes to personal device and network security, most people are simply lazy. Even though they regularly see news about security breaches compromising major retailers and corporations, they often figure that a hacker won't bother with them and that using simple--or even no--passwords on their phones and networks is "good enough." Well, when a breach does hit them, their minds get changed pretty quickly. There are plenty of well-known companies with familiar names such as Symantec Norton, McAfee, AVG and Kaspersky--to name four of the market leaders--that want to sell you security products that are both secure and easy to use. We may now add a relatively new one to that list: Avast Internet Security. Avast is Europe's top-selling brand, and it made its formal debut in the United States on Oct. 22. Avast Internet Security is the Prague-based company's next-generation security suite, and includes all the things it should include: an antivirus engine, firewall, browsing protection, a software updater, browser cleanup tool and others.
Here's the kicker: It's free for home use. Yes, free.
--23 percent use the default password on their router and another 11 percent aren't sure if they use the default password; and
--20 percent of all respondents use some of the most basic passwords, including their address, name, phone number, a significant other's birthday, child's name, pet's name or their street name as part of their password. These facts are already well known within the security software and services sector, and it's a major reason why users need to spend more time on their security. Avast 2015 package for PCs is available in four consumer variations: Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier—and in 45 languages. Avast Mac Security is also free and will include the Home Network Security scan and SecureDNS features as of the first quarter of 2015. Twenty-five-year-old Avast also provides world-class protection for businesses and mobile devices, Steckler said. Go here to download the software.