jeudi 29 mars 2012

Avira Acquires SocialShield

Top-Rated Social Monitoring Service to Be Incorporated into Avira’s Free Security Products

San Bruno, California and Tettnang, Germany --- March 29, 2012 – Security expert Avira announced today that it has acquired SocialShield®, the top-rated parental monitoring service for keeping children and teens safe while using social networks.

Avira will incorporate SocialShield’s social network monitoring technology into Avira’s free security product portfolio.

“It is Avira’s mission that our users feel free to make new friends, share pictures, and conduct business on the Web without worries or concerns about their safety,” said Travis Witteveen, COO Markets & Operations of Avira. “Avira is broadening our security focus from safe-guarding computers to now protecting the people who use them, and that requires us to look beyond viruses and worms and Trojans. The acquisition of SocialShield not only brings child safety technology into Avira’s portfolio, but it also enhances our knowledge of social networking security and our awareness of the risks within the ‘cloud’,” said Sascha Beyer, COO Products & Technology of Avira.

SocialShield scans, analyzes and alerts parents to suspicious activity on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Formspring, MySpace, Google+ and others. The service has won numerous technology industry endorsements as well as two Congressional Recognition awards for its role in online child safety.

“We are thrilled to become a part of Avira,” said George Garrick, President and CEO of SocialShield. “Avira has an exciting and highly complementary existing product line and future roadmap that merges well with ours, and there is also a great fit of corporate culture and vision. With Avira’s existing user footprint, this merger will rapidly accelerate SocialShield’s product leadership as well as give us an entre into many new countries”.

Boilerplate:


SocialShield® is the leading Social Network monitoring service, helping parents to keep their kids safe on social networks. SocialShield has won numerous industry awards for its best of breed product which is comprehensive yet easy-to-use; its patent-pending technology alerts parents of questionable activity on their child's social networks so they can feel comfortable about who their children interact with online, what photos and conversations are being posted by their friends, and what content they are being exposed to. SocialShield empowers parents with the information they need to extend their parenting practices from the physical to the Social Network world.

Media Contacts

Avira

USA:

Rocket Science PR, for Avira
Rich Mullikin, APR
Tel: +1 415 464 8110 x216
Mobile: +1 925 354 7444
E-mail: rich@rocketscience.com


Europe:

Flutlicht GmbH, for Avira
Veit Kollera
Fon +49-911-47495-17
Fax +49-911-47495-55
Mobil +49-170-2252603
E-Mail: v.kollera@flutlicht.biz

SOCIAL SHIELD

George Garrick, CEO
Mobile: +1-650-804-4188

Noah Kindler, COO
Mobile: +1-617-935-5900
noah@socialshield.com

A propos d’Avira

Avira protège les individus dans un monde connecté, en permettant à tout un chacun de gérer, de sécuriser et d'améliorer sa vie numérique. Avira regroupe ainsi sous son parapluie toute une gamme d'applications de sécurité et de performance pour Windows, Android, Mac, et iOS. À ceci s'ajoutent des partenariats OEM qui élargissent la portée de ses technologies de protection. Les solutions de sécurité Avira se retrouvent systématiquement en tête des tests indépendants en matière de détection, performance et convivialité. Aux mains de la même famille depuis des générations et employant 500 personnes, le siège d'Avira est situé en bordure du lac de Constance à Tettnang en Allemagne, et l'entreprise est représentée par son réseau de filiales à Munich, Bucarest, Pékin et dans la Silicon Valley. Une partie des ventes des produits Avira est reversée à la Fondation Auerbach qui finance des projets éducatifs et aide les enfants et familles dans le besoin. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur www.avira.com.