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Avast acquires social networking security specialist Secure.me

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Avast has announced it has purchased privacy protection company Secure.me.

Incorporating Secure.me's Facebook-connected cloud service that aims to offer social media privacy, advanced content inspection and mobile device application security, the acquisition will see Avast add sophisticated algorithms to help analyse social networking threats that could damage a user's privacy, security and reputation.

Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of Avast, said: “We were always fans of the solutions and underlying technologies that Secure.me has developed and brought to market, and now we're working at light-speed to fully integrate them into both our free and premium offerings, so our couple hundred million users can get all of the great benefits these capabilities deliver.”

Avast CEO Vincent Steckler said: “By including Secure.me's cutting-edge social-privacy and security technologies in our own security offerings, we will be giving customers even greater confidence in their online experience, whether they are on a PC, tablet, or a mobile device.”

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