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— Customers buying and surfing internet on Airtel 3G dongles can now use F-Secure powered security software , Airtel PC Secure to protect their computers from viruses, malware etc with a Free 30-day trial offer.

— Following the 30-day trial period, customers may subscribe to an Airtel PC Secure pack to suit their online security needs

F Secure, a leading provider of Internet Security and Backup solutions for Home and Corporate customers, today announced that customers buying Airtel 3G dongles will now get 30 days of free access to its computer Antivirus solution, Airtel PC Secure.

This will help Airtel 3G dongle users leverage a world class data experience on their PCs while using Airtel PC Secure to ensure maximum security from viruses and other online threats.

Following the 30-days trial period, customers will be able to choose from a range of packs (see table given below) and opt for a subscription model to Airtel PC Secure to suit their needs.

To get airtel pc secure for your Airtel 3G Dongle, logon to http://www.airtel.in/3g/pcsecure .

Airtel PC Secure packs for Airtel 3G dongle customers 

Powered by F-Secure, PC Secure on Airtel is a robust and reliable software designed to protect the computer from all kinds of malicious software (including spyware, worms, trojans, rootkits and zero-hour attacks) and ensure 100% safety of customers’ personal information (such as bank details, passwords etc.) in the online domain.

Mr.Venu Palakirti, Country Manager, India & SAARC at F-Secure says: “We are very pleased to extend our security services from wire line customers to 3G Dongle customers on Airtel. The service will ensure fully protected PC experience for internet users. With this, we reinforce our leadership as a provider of security and content-related services through operator partners around the world.”

A recent F Secure survey concluded that more than 90% of households are estimated to have PCs infected with spyware/adware, 87% of which lack access to current antivirus software. It was also found that 700 new viruses are added to the count of a whopping 500000 viruses that exist to date.

F-Secure today delivers a full portfolio of security and content-related services to more than 200 operator partners in more than 40 countries worldwide. This growing network spans over 250 million mobile and broadband users and includes major carriers in the major markets from India and Brazil through to Germany and the U.S.

About F Secure Corporation

While you concentrate on what is important to you, we make sure you are protected and safe online whether you are using a computer or a smartphone. We also backup and enable you to share your important files. Our services are available through over 200 operators around the world and trusted in millions of homes and businesses. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

Reference : http://www.moneylife.in/business-wire-news/f-secure-powers-airtel-pc-secure-for-airtel-3g-dongle-customers/32838.html

 

AMSTERDAM & SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — AVG Technologies AVG -4.69% , provider of Internet and mobile security to 114 million users, today announced its commitment to offering free 24/7 phone, 365 days per year support to AVG AntiVirus Free users globally. The free support service, which offers over the phone diagnosis of system issues by AVG experts who identify the necessary fix, is available in English via toll free local phone numbers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and via international access numbers for other markets.

AVG AntiVirus Free is one of the world’s most popular free antivirus software as it was the Most Downloaded Product 2011 on CNET’s Download.com website. It was also awarded Editors’ Choice by PC Mag and selected as the ‘top pick’ in PC World’s round up of free anti-virus solutions.

To sustain this high level of customer satisfaction, AVG engages directly with its global community of 114 million users to gather real-time feedback. In March 2012, AVG added an active “Do Not Track” feature to its free antivirus software and became the first antivirus provider to put the control of online privacy directly in the consumer’s hands. AVG is committed to overachieving on industry standard support performance metrics to deliver the highest level of support for users.

Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist at AVG, said: “Access to AVG expert support staff is a key differentiator for AVG free products. The free service is available 365 days a year and supports our free customers by ensuring the AVG software is configured to deliver maximum peace of mind and safety online.”

AVG’s free phone support service focuses on assistance with installing AVG’s products and advice on configuring the user’s computer as appropriate to optimize their experience and product benefits. Additional, AVG TechBuddy premium remote support services are available for all digital home devices, per-incident or through a subscription.

An AVG customer commented: “The service person who dealt with my issue was both polite and helpful in talking me through the process of activating my account which I had difficulty with. I told him that I was a silver surfer with limited computer knowledge, and he took me through the process at my speed with patience, and understanding.”

About AVG Technologies

AVG’s mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG’s powerful yet easy-to-use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG’s software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 114 million active users as of March 31, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software.

HR Challenge: Software Testing as a secondary option

Any fool can find faults a.k.a defects’: Software Testing over a period of decade has become both easier and more difficult than ever.

Contemporary test outsourcing is an independent IT field, the so called Software Testing & Quality Assurance.In 1947 the story of software testing began. The first software error was discovered in a HarvardUniversity computer. It was a real moth in a Mark II relay that was causing the dysfunction and is where the term ‘bug’ in IT vocabulary came from. Since the use of computer programs began to increase, so did the number of errors. This was due to the absence of any quality control. In 1970, people began to lose trust in the computer industry as the writing of code, held no clear standards.

During the time in 1970’s, there were fewer people who used computers as compared to the generation of today where everyone is using computers to complete their daily tasks. Lately, it has become all the more difficult as with advent of new technology, there is a vast pool of programming languages, various operating systems and hardware platforms that have evolved. The software that we work on today touches a million of lives – by making our work more easier or on the other hand leading us to the level of frustration and the cost of lost of business or work associated with the same. A quote by Glenford J. Myers fits perfectly here: “Computers – and the software that drives them-certainly affect more people and more business today” compared to any age.

Software Testing was and is seen as a secondary option to development. Majority of the students that I have come across want to become high end programmers, but very few know or have knowledge about the testing domain and its importance. Today, a quarter of a century later when we have new development systems, languages with built in tools and programmers who are prone to developing on the fly, testing still plays an important part in any Software Development Life Cycle.

Testing is more than just debugging. The purpose of testing can be quality assurance, verification and validation, or reliability estimation. Software testing is a trade-off between budget, time and quality. A decade ago, testing was not recognized at the same level as that of development. Today, the scenario has taken another turn where both billing rates and salary levels are comparable, and at times better than that of the programming professionals.Software testing is any activity that is aimed at evaluating an attribute or capability of a program or a system and determining that it meets its required results.

In my experience as part of the recruitment team that visits campus on a regular basis for hiring, I have come across future employee(s) who can feel in them the rush and passion for programming and those who think they can do programming and become ace developers.

The former are the ones that scare me as they feel that testing can be done by the so called ‘lower’ few amongst them. They feel that they should in a way never have to do testing. Many a times, if and when they are able to make for the final round, they are surprised to realize and know about a company that is only involved in testing and it does exist !! Just to be precise they say, “ … we are sitting here today as its only today we came to know about an organization that is primarily involved in testing and would love to explore that as an option..”

In today’s niche market of testing, to find testing engineers has become a task similar to finding a needle a in hay stack. To find those who think testing is a primary profession and not a secondary option is not easy.

When I come back from a recruitment drive and tell my colleagues at workplace that we recruited 6 out of 750, it’s always a pleasure to see the shock that flashes across their face. The answer to that shock is – At QA InfoTech we intend to build a team of testers that are better than our developers and those 6 selected are the ones worthy of being included into the QA InfoTech family.

Quality Assurance Testing has always been an out-of-vogue subject. Today we find that there are more books and articles, training centers available imparting sufficient knowledge about software testing, implying that the subject has now garnered more visibility that the earlier times. The Global Software Testing market is estimated to be $17 billion dollars which is growing and would require more than 30,000 professionals in the next one year as per the IDC report.However, in order to be true to my profession, in my pursuit of recruiting, my thirst would only be quenched when I am able to find those candidates who feel the passion for Software Testing as their foremost option!

In today’s industry, – we do not have to justify the need for Software Testers, companies are already convinced. Better awareness amongst universities and colleges is needed, to inculcate Software Testing as a career option amongst today’s students’; tomorrow’s prospective employees. As part of our campus drives, we will continue to take on this mission and I think it should be the mission of every Software Testing company/group to ensure we pick, groom and nurture excellent test professionals, to give back to the IT industry as customers are more exposed to technology and nothing less than perfect is acceptable.

From an HR angle, I would want to misquote Myers; “Testing would no longer remain among the “dark arts” of software development. “

However we all as members of the testing fraternity have an important responsibility in giving this discipline a face lift especially amongst the fresher community, to ensure we create a pool of passionate testers for the future.

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Summary:

Quality Assurance Testing has always been an out-of-vogue subject. Today we find that there are more books and articles, training centers available imparting sufficient knowledge about software testing, implying that the subject has now garnered more visibility that the earlier times.

Author:  Knowledge Sharing Team at QA InfoTech is responsible for research on new tools & technologies for effective Software Testing and quality assurance services across all industry verticals. QA InfoTech (an ISO 9001:2008 & CMMI III certified) is one of the leading Software Testing Companies with five testing “Centers of Excellence” in the United States and India. It offers end to end Manual Testing and Automated testing services.

LONDON –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Globally small and medium business Security Market (on-premise and cloud) spend is expected to experience an overall compounded annual growth rate of over 10% for the period of 2011 through 2016. Cloud security services currently accounts for nearly 17% of this total spending and is projected to increase to 24% by 2016. These findings emerge from the latest study by New York-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc. The soon to be published 2012 Global SMB Security Market Assessment explores the market opportunities that are and will be available to security vendors worldwide.

“Security is a complex issue with rapidly changing permutations. Widespread lack of technical resources and expertise is leading to an increasing desire to outsource the problem amongst small and medium businesses,” comments Hugh Gibbs, VP Research for EMEA and report author. “This is presenting major opportunities for managed service solutions – particularly for skilled, local channel partners and managed security service providers (MSSPs).”

To take advantage of the myriad of opportunities in the dynamic SMB market security vendors will need to deploy viable solutions and will require vendor recognition of the following critical success factors:

Easy to deploy Cloud service offerings within attractively-priced service bundles. Bundling increases potential service uptake by a factor of 4 or 5 AMI research shows.
Availability through different channels including cloud-enabled local channel partners, service providers and retail/e-tail stores.
Promotion through multiple information sources and communication channels both traditional and web based social media.

About Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc.

AMI-Partners specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence – with a strong focus on global small and medium businesses (SMBs), and extending into large enterprises and home-based businesses.

The firm invests significantly in collecting survey based information from several thousand SMBs annually, and is considered the premier source for global SMB trends and analysis.

ATLANTA and SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — eSecuritel, a Brightstar company, and NQ Mobile NQ -11.78% , a leading global provider of mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity, announced today that eSecuritel will extend its device protection offering to include data protection and privacy solutions from NQ Mobile. The arrangement follows a global distribution agreement reached last year between Brightstar and NQ Mobile.

 

Over 100 million mobile customers globally are protected through NQ Mobile today. This is important because the threat of Internet assault, particularly on smartphones, is acute. NQ Mobile estimates that over 50 million cell phones will be attacked with spyware, malware, and other viruses this year. Through the agreement, NQ Mobile’s security will be added to the suite of protection services already offered by eSecuritel to operators and retailers worldwide.

“As the world’s largest provider of mobile security and privacy software, NQ Mobile is pleased to work with a premier company like eSecuritel, ” said NQ Mobile Co-Chief Executive, Omar Khan. “Together we can provide phone owners with the complete peace of mind that comes from having both replacement protection as well as on-device security from threats and data loss.”

NQ Mobile’s security solutions allow eSecuritel program users to:

Combat malware, spyware, viruses and phishing efforts targeted at wireless devices

Protect personal and financial data with anti-hacking and anti-eavesdropping features

Remotely locate, lock, or delete information from a lost or stolen device

Safely and seamlessly store contact details for remote access

Provide control over running apps and power consumption

Enable real-time updates on data usage and caps on maximum data usage

Additionally, NQ Mobile’s security solution outperformed all competitive mobile security platforms in a West Coast Labs comparative product test.

eSecuritel provides phone protection for new, used, or prepaid wireless devices against loss, theft and accidental damage as well as mechanical/electronic failure and malfunction. The company offers a comprehensive, turnkey service for carriers and retailers both in the US, Canada and internationally. All aspects of the mobile phone protection program are managed by its proprietary HITSTM software, which easily integrates with carrier or retailer POS systems.

“Our comprehensive device protection program offers consumers peace of mind by ensuring their smartphones, tablets and other wireless equipment will be replaced if they malfunction or are lost, stolen, or damaged,” said David Leach, CEO, eSecuritel. “With NQ Mobile, we now give those same wireless users a world class, high-value offering that brings an additional level of security and privacy protection on their devices.”

About eSecuritel

Since 2001, eSecuritel has provided wireless carriers, dealers and resellers with highly customizable cell phone protection and replacement programs that deliver an unparalleled customer experience to program subscribers. eSecuritel offers phone protection for new, used, or prepaid wireless devices against loss, theft and accidental damage as well as mechanical/electronic failure and malfunction. It also has replacement programs to cover every stage of the handset life cycle, including buyer’s remorse, manufacturer’s warranty, handset protection programs, out-of-warranty and retention programs. eSecuritel is a Brightstar company. For more information, please visit http://www.esecuritel.com/ .

About NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile is the international brand of NetQin Mobile Inc. NQ -11.78% , a leading global provider of consumer-centric mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity. The company was one of the first to recognize the growing security threats targeting smartphone users and is now a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider with over 120 million registered user accounts worldwide. As a market leader in mobile security, NQ Mobile’s innovation and global significance have been widely recognized through distinctions such as the 2011 Technology Pioneer Award bestowed by the World Economic Forum. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit http://www.nq.com .

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar is the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, government and value-added resellers (VARs), and consumer services. Brightstar’s services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value.

SOURCE NetQin Mobile Inc.