Azerbaijan gets first locally made antivirus software

Apr 5, 2012

A new antivirus program called B.A.K.U has recently been recently released in Azerbaijan. It is the first software of its kind to be created in the country, according to

The website offers a selection of three  programs: Internet Security 2012, Antivirus Plus 2012, and Total Security 2012. The programs were developed by a local company based on the Bitdefender program, which is used by 400M global users.

B.A.K.U offers parental control, anti-phishing, security in social networks, etc. Prices for the software vary depending on what a user chooses. For example, buying a CD for Total Security 2012, which could be used for three computers, will cost around $50. I called the company and asked if this applies to all users. The sales department explained that prices presented on the website are for ordinary users. If companies are interested in the antivirus software, they can buy it for a lower price.

The launch of the program for general audience was held in an expensive hotel. People were invited, but the invitations sent to them had so many grammar mistakes in Azerbaijani that some of invited people shared their invitation letters online via social networks. Some users commented that it seemed from the mistakes that a machine translation was used and nobody checked it before printing.

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Emin Huseynzade

A leading new media expert Emin Huseynzade has consulted and worked with the OSCE, OSI, Internews, EJC, Oxfam and other international organizations. He is actively involved in projects covering Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Central Asia. Follow him on Twitter: @eminhuseynzade
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