|By Business Wire
|September 4, 2014 08:08 AM EDT
Software, the world's most-trusted security company, today announced
Mobile Security has surpassed 100 million downloads. This milestone
was achieved in less than 2.5 years, faster than any other security
application in the history of Google Play. With its app, AVAST protects
users from mobile vulnerabilities that make them prone to device theft,
data loss and privacy threats, which have recently made headlines as an
increasing number of celebrities have had their private content leaked
without their knowledge--or consent.
“We are pleased that we achieved this milestone so quickly,” said Vince
Steckler, CEO of AVAST. “People have chosen AVAST because we provide
real value and protection, great products, and have a powerful global
AVAST has helped millions of people -- not just celebrities -- keep
their phone safe
“News of recent celebrity phone hackings demonstrates that there is a
very real need for strong protection. We developed mobile security to
protect millions of users from both physical theft, to cyber crime and
hackers, who steal your digital content,” said Jude McColgan, President
of Mobile at AVAST.
AVAST has helped tens of millions of users to backup their data, protect
their information, and find their lost phones. The anti-theft technology
that AVAST pioneered two years ago will soon become a legal requirement,
as California passed a state bill that requires all phones sold in the
state have a “kill switch” to make stolen phones inoperable.
“The kill switch bill confirms that we truly understand our users’ needs
and innovate quickly to protect their security and privacy,” McColgan
said. “It is vital to use third party tools, like AVAST, to fully secure
More specifically, AVAST has tracked and found more than 2.2 million
lost or misplaced smartphones, and users took more than 54,000
“thefties” of thieves trying to unlock their phones to aid with
recovery. AVAST users have also remotely locked their lost phones more
than 600,000 times and remotely wiped data from their phones to protect
their valuable data and privacy.
Top-rated protection against increasing mobile threats
AVAST has built a database of more than one million malware samples, and
currently detects 2,500 new threats each day. avast! Mobile Security is
top-rated by users on the Google Play Store and by independent testing
organizations including AV-Test and AV-Comparatives.
AV-Comparatives, one of the leading testing labs in the world, published
a global survey earlier this year that ranks AVAST as the most-trusted
mobile security provider in North America, South America, and Europe. In
Asia, a new market for AVAST, the company ranked third behind two
AVAST’s mobile solutions are available on Google
Play and in the Apple
AVAST Software (www.avast.com),
maker of the most trusted mobile and PC security in the world, protects
more than 200 million people and businesses with its security
applications. In business for over 25 years, AVAST is one of the
pioneers in the computer security business, with a portfolio that
includes free antivirus for PC, Mac, and Android, to premium suites and
services for both consumers and business. In addition to being
top-ranked by consumers on popular download portals worldwide, AVAST is
certified by, among others, VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT,
ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.
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