Friday, September 7, 2012

Avira and Labwise Partner to Protect Smart TVs and Set Top Boxes from Malware

Tettnang, Germany & Tampere, Finland --- September 7, 2012 – Security expert Avira and digital television specialist Labwise announced today an agreement in which Labwise will implement Avira’s Protection Suite software into third-party smart TVs and set top boxes in order to protect these devices and digital IP (Internet Protocol) networks from malware and virus attacks.

“As televisions and set-top boxes are becoming more interactive -- using IP networks and IP technologies with open software and application platforms -- we expect that these smart TV devices will quickly become vulnerable to virus attacks in a similar fashion as what has happened in the computer and smart phone industries,” said Pasi Toiva, Managing Director of Labwise Ltd. “So we are working with Avira to integrate their state of the art virus protection to prevent these attacks from happening in the TV device industry.”

Labwise is an independent digital TV testing and verification company that works with the world’s leading manufacturers of televisions and electronics devices. Avira is an award-winning maker of security software that detects and blocks viruses, Trojans, keyloggers, spyware, worms and other digital threats.

“Avira takes its role seriously to protect not only devices, but also the networks and people who use them,” said Travis Witteveen, COO of Avira. “We already protect over 100 million users using Microsoft, Mac OS, Android or Linux devices in the world, and we are honored to be working now with Labwise to secure TV devices and entertainment networks as well.”

About Labwise Ltd

Labwise Ltd is a professional digital television specialist offering services and support in the fields of device testing, device specifications and standards, product implementation, product management and product sourcing for TV device manufacturers, system providers, operators and distributors. Labwise is headquartered in the city of Tampere, Finland. Visit for more information

Media Contacts:


Rocket Science PR, for Avira
Rich Mullikin, APR
Tel: +1 415 464 8110 x216
Mobile: +1 925 354 7444

Flutlicht GmbH, for Avira
Veit Kollera
Tel: +49-911-47495-17
Fax: +49-911-47495-55
Mobile: +49-170-2252603

Labwise Ltd.
Pasi Toiva, Managing Director
Tel: +358 (0)3 214 0010

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world - enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company with headquarters near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need.

Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit