avc-community Welcome, AV-Comparatives partners and friends!

This is a place of sharing and exchanging information, the hub of the AV-Comparatives community, where we keep in touch with our partners and friends. We’d like to thank you all for your past, present and future support and for helping us emphasize the importance of independent testing of security software.

Safe online gaming

When online gaming, do not reveal your personal information.

Be wary of users offering you cheats for the game – they can be (and often are) malware in disguise. If the game requires your information to create your account, be vigilant with your credit card activity (permanently check for any unexpected changes). Some games require access to your profile (e.g. Facebook) and offer in-game benefits (for money) that can prove to be scams.

Always install updates and patches for the online game. If you are playing online games (especially the Massive Multiplayer kind), make a habit of referring to the communities surrounding them. Forums where players are sharing information and creating best practices to deal with account security are a good place to start. Often the game operator itself contributes with information regarding secure gaming by highlighting relevant forum topics, and by displaying security tips on login-screens and loading screens. Also, keep the automatic update on for third party applications used to developing online games (Java, Flash player and so on).

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Currently, AV-Comparatives' Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection. AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide innovative scientific testing methods.
If you plan to buy an Anti-Virus, please visit the vendor's site and evaluate their software by downloading a trial version, as there are also many other features and important things for an Anti-Virus that you should evaluate by yourself. Even if quite important, the data provided in the test reports on this site are just some aspects that you should consider when buying Anti-Virus software.

AVC Analyzer