AVG Premium Security Protects You against Identity Theft

AVG has launched a new product called AVG Premium Security, which boasts of an unique Identity Alert component. Over the past few months we have witnessed numerous large scale data thefts of varying severity. Although the Sony PSN hacking incident grabbed the limelight, there were numerous other small, but perhaps more damaging, incidents. A helpful netizen even created a service that can automatically alert you if your online identity is compromised.

AVG’s Identity Alert component also performs a similar function, but probably more thoroughly. AVG claims that it scours the web, including chatrooms, forums, and criminal webpages to check if your identity has been compromised by monitoring your e-mail address and debit and credit card numbers.

When you combine the shocking security lapses we have seen out of very high profile and respected brands such as Sony, Epsilon and Citigroup in the past few months with the liability shift toward consumers, it is clear that identity theft protection tools are no longer a nice to have,said J.R Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies. Banks and corporations are at an important tipping point, showing strong indications that they will no longer simply cover losses,- expecting the online users to share equal responsibility in taking appropriate security measures that ultimately protect each other from malicious attacks.

Besides the Identity Alert component, AVG Premium Security includes AVG Internet Security and AVG Quick Tune. Internet Security features anti-virus, anti-spyware, AVG Protective Cloud Technology, and the AVG Community Protection Network. Quick Tune is basically a stripped down version of AVG PC Tuneup. It offers disk defragmenter, junk file removal, registry cleaner, and broken shortcut remover.

With its new offering, AVG is hoping to compete with Kaspersky Pure, Norton 360 and other similar products. The Identity Alert module helps AVG differentiate itself from its competitors, and the suite itself is competitively priced at $69.99. However, it might also be an overkill for most users. In my humble opinion, as long as you take the basic precautions like not reusing passwords, a simple firewall and antivirus is likely to suffice.

AVG Announces LiveKive, Offers 5 GB of Free and Secure Cloud Storage

AVG-LiveKive-Cloud-Storage In a surprising move, AVG, the software firm behind one of the most popular free antivirus solutions in the market, has announced the launch of a new cloud based storage solution called LiveKive. While cloud-storage options are a dime a dozen these days, AVG plans on utilizing its expertise to give an edge to its offering.

With AVG LiveKive, AVG is taking its passion and expertise in free security technology to the cloud-based storage market,said J.R. Smith, chief executive officer of AVG Technologies. By storing information on our safe and secure servers, customers significantly reduce the temptation for thieves and hackers to attempt accessing files stored on an individual PC or mobile device.

During the beta testing phase, AVG will be offering 5 GB of free storage to all users. AVG is promising quick and easy access to stored content from any synced device. Although, the sparsely worded official announcement doesn’t specify which devices will be supported, given AVG’s presence in the Android Market, as well as its availability for Windows and Linux, we are anticipating these platforms will be supported (at the very least).

The beta testing phase was expected to have started from this week. However, it seems to have been delayed. I have reached out to AVG, and will update this post when I hear back from them.

Get AVG Internet Security 2011 Free One Year License

Quite recently, we told you about the new AVG 2011 Antivirus which is of course free to use. However, AVG also provides users with a more comprehensive security suite in the form of AVG Internet Security 2011.

AVG Internet Security 2011 Free

However, that product is not for free and requires users to pay. If you are sad about that, here is something that will make you glad you read us. AVG is giving out a Free one year license of the AVG Internet Security 2011 suite to users. The one year subscription for this suite is priced at $54.99 so you are saving quite a bundle there.

To get a free license of the AVG Internet Security 2011 suite, visit this link and fill out the form. You can then download the product and start using it. AVG will send you a license code that is good for one year which you can then use to register the software.

If you might want to try out other Antivirus, take a look at some of the Free Antivirus we have covered in the past. Many of those provide users with comprehensive online security software which are definitely worth using.

(h/t Jatin Sapra on )

Top Countries Where Internet Is a Risky Business

Internet came as boon for making communicating with people easier. Communication took a new dimension with emails and instant messaging. However, Internet also has its own perils with Viruses, Spyware and Malware being a regular threat for PCs.

Online PC Security

Some of these threats are pretty serious considering that they can snoop in on your personal information including your financial accounts. According to a recent study by AVG, which looked at data from 100+ millions PCs in 144 countries, it found that several countries had a high chance of being affected by Internet threats.

Also See: Online Security Tips | Free Antivirus | Free Anti Malware | Free Anti Spyware | Online Security

According to the reports, Turkey is the most riskiest country to surf the web with 1 in 10 Internet users being affected. After Turkey, web users in Russia (1 in 15), Armenia (1 in 24) and Azerbaijan (1 in 39) suffered high rates of attacks. Surprisingly United States is part of the top 10 riskiest countries with a 1 in 48 chance of getting hit by Viruses.

Sierra Leone was one of the safest countries for using Internet with 1 in 696 chances of getting affected, followed by Niger with 1 in 442 and Japan with 1 in 403. The Global average of getting attacked was 1 in 73, with North America being more susceptible with a 1 in 51 chance and Europe being much better with 1 in 72 chances.

Surprisingly Asia (including Asia Pacific) had a rate of 1 in 102 with India having a rate of 1 in 56.9 computers being affected. Pakistan and Bangladesh had a chance of 1 in 47.6 and 1 in 41.2 respectively.

According to AVG spokesperson, Roger Thomson:

First of all, it is safe to say that in every country we surveyed, a minority of users account for a large proportion of attacks. However, there are a number of reasons why our statistics might show Web surfers in the region as disproportionately risky.

Some of it may be down to a tendency to access semi-legal or illegal download sites, while some of it probably is down to being less cautious when it comes to sharing links and files online.

Another factor is the popularity of Internet cafes and people generally sharing computers.  This in particular should serve as a wake-up call to people using a public machine or borrowing a friend or colleague’s to go online.   When accessing web-based services like email, be sure to log out and close the browser when you have finished your session.

Finally the key point is that all these web attacks were successfully caught and stopped by ourselves. Even the global average of facing a 1 in 73 attack on any given day does not present great odds if averaged out across a year. Hence the importance of making sure that your computer really does have the right anti-virus software installed.

Study Statistics

Risky Surfing – the top 10 list (the chances of getting attacked, 1 in X)

  1. Turkey   1 in 10
  2. Russia   1 in 15
  3. Armenia  1 in 24
  4. Azerbaijan   1 in 39
  5. Bangladesh   1 in 41
  6. Laos   1 in 42
  7. Vietnam   1 in 42
  8. Portugal 1 in 43
  9. USA  1 in 48
  10. Ukraine  1 in 48
  11. Pakistan 1 in 48

Safe surfing, the top ten list

  1. Sierra Leone   1 in 696
  2. Niger   1 in 442
  3. Japan  1 in 403
  4. Togo 1 in 359
  5. Namibia 1 in 353
  6. Belize 1 in 302
  7. Madagascar 1 in 283
  8. Mozambique 1 in 264
  9. Zambia 1 in 262
  10. Slovakia 1 in 254

What are the average chances of getting attacked, by continent

  • Globally – 1 in 73
  • North America – 1 in 51
  • Europe – 1 in 72
  • Asia (including Asia Pacific) – 1 in 102
  • Africa – 1 in 108
  • S America – 1 in 164

Indian sub-continent

  • Bangladesh – 1 in 41.2
  • Pakistan – 1 in 47.6
  • India – 1 in 56.9
  • Nepal – 1 in 57.5
  • Afghanistan – 1 in 105.2

You can view a downloadable image of the threats map by visiting this link and view the entire report on the threat index at the AVG blog.

Image Credit: Technollama

AVG Releases Reports of Mumba Botnet

AVG has claimed that the Mumba Botnet is out in the wild and has nearly 55,000 PCs setup under its network. This poses a serious security threat to those infected users accessing the Internet without a proper firewall or an antivirus. The Mumba Botnet has stolen up to 60 GB of data until now. This data includes credit card numbers, bank passwords and other sensitive data.

The order in which infected nations stand, is the USA alone with 33%, 17% in Germany and 7% in Spain. This clarifies that people in developed nations and people with technologically inclined brains make the country a hotspot for an attack as compared to developing countries.

The Mumba botnet is extremely dangerous because apart from the malware spreading capabilities, the botnet now also has Zeus under it. Zeus is another Trojan tool to steal bank login information. The malware attacked vulnerable and popular browsers like Firefox and IE.

Yuval Ben-Itzhak, the SVP at AVG said,

The unique infrastructure of the Mumba botnet means that going after the servers hosting the stolen data is now much more difficult than before.

AVG is moving towards security in a more serious way and the recent inclusion of AVG Link Scanner into browsers brings AVG a score on other antiviruses. Likewise, these reports give it more credibility in the field.


Automatically Update or Schedule AVG Virus Definition Updates

AVG is no doubt one of the most popular free antivirus software available today. The free version of the leaner and meaner AVG 9 is just around the corner. However, one big issue with AVG is that, it performs virus updates only once on startup.

Users have an option to keep the virus definitions up-to-date manually. However, doing this manually can become a tedious task.  New vulnerabilities keep cropping up every minute, and Antivirus companies keep updating their virus definitions to prevent attacks from them. Keeping the virus definitions updated on your PC, is very critical thing, without which you will not be protected against new virus variants.


AVUS (Anti-Virus Update Service) is a small for AVG, which runs in the background and automatically runs the virus update service in AVG 8.5. Using AVUS, you can schedule AVG software and virus definition updates to run after certain intervals.

Once you setup a schedule, AVUS will run at the scheduled interval and run the AVG update service to update the software and virus definitions. You can also use AVUS to start and stop the AVG update service.

To make sure that your Virus definitions is updated everytime, you can choose to run AVUS on system startup. This tool is definitely useful to keep AVG updated, without having to manually do it everytime.

Download AVUS


AVG 9.0 Free Coming mid-October: Faster and Meaner than Before

AVG the popular free Antivirus software has been lagging behind other popular offerings due to speed and user experience. However, starting with AVG 9.0 you will see a lot of difference in both speed and stability.


With AVG 9.0, AVG is going back to basics and focusing on performance, protection, and the user experience. For example, the installation has been shortened by 50%, the user interface has been refined, scan times have been reduced by up to 50%, and boot time and memory usage have been improved by 10% to 15%.

For AVG users in the United States, the free Identity Theft Recovery Unit will provide victims of identity theft with support from a dedicated team of identity theft recovery experts. AVG is the only security vendor to offer this type of service for free, and it shows that AVG is striving to protect their users both online and offline.

Additionally, AVG 9.0 delivers improved anti-phishing detection through enhancements to its LinkScanner offering, which can now more quickly and accurately determine whether or not a web page is hosting a phishing attack. This is accomplished by allowing the software to apply more than 100 different potential threat indicators to a page. If the result is inconclusive, LinkScanner then makes a call to the cloud to check a multitude of phishing feeds plugged into the AVG research network to make a final determination regarding threat potential.

AVG 9.0 Free should be available for downloads somewhere in Mid-October. If you have been using earlier versions of AVG, AVG 9.0 is a recommended update as definitely improves on several aspects.