Avast Introduces Free Android Security Solution, Announces Giveaway
Article by George Norman
On 08 Dec 2011
With Christmas just around the corner, Avast Software, the Prague-based company that specializes in the development of security software solutions for Windows, Mac and Linux, thought it a good idea to expand its reach and tackle Android security as well. The reasoning behind this idea is simple: a lot of people purchase smartphones during the holidays and those smartphones need to be protected.

“The fourth quarter of the year is the season to be merry as sales of new devices skyrocket and reach record highs. Economic crises or not… this year will be no exception. It is therefore a good time to introduce a security solution that will ensure your new shiny phone is protected,” said Marketing Director with Avast, Milos Korenko.


The security product that Avast prepped for all the people who will get an Android-powered device is called avast! Free Mobile Security. Released as a Beta at the start of the month, the security solution has the following to offer: real-time protection against threats, scans apps before they are installed, web shield, remotely lock your device and remotely wipe your device, remotely locate a stolen or misplaced device, get notifications when the SIM card is chanced, remotely take pictures if your device was stolen, and much more. You can check out the complete list of features on the Android Market where avast! Free Mobile Security Beta is available for download for free.

The thing is that Betas can be fidgety and can cause problems. If you don’t want to put up with any potential problems that may arise from using a Beta product, it would be better to wait until the final version of that product is released. When will the final version of avast! Free Mobile Security be released? Milos Korenko said that “soon. Very soon”. If all goes to plan, the app will graduate out of Beta in time for Christmas.

Speaking of things that will be coming soon, Avast announced that it will hold a giveaway this year to celebrate the launch of avast! Free Mobile Security and to say thanks to the community for its support. As a little side note, the community great from 40,000 Facebook fans up to 420,000 fans – in just one year.

The only details Avast provided on the giveaway are these:
- It will be similar to the 2010 Winter Quiz which was held on Facebook.
- The grand prize, which will be awarded to 20 people, will be an Android phone, a free avast! Internet Security license, and a t-shirt. The second prize, which will be awarded to 300 winners, will be a free avast! Internet Security license.
- The giveaway will begin one day afer the official launch of avast! Free Mobile Security.

Keep an eye on Avast’s Facebook page to find out when avast! Free Mobile Security will be released and when the giveaway will commence.

Tags: Avast Software, Security, Google, Android, Facebook
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