Avast anti-virus sells 435m customer data, including porn search history

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    • #37492
      Anonymous
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      >You DO have antivirus, right anon? Common sense [current year] just isn’t enough.

      Leaked documents, data, contracts show how hugely popular antivirus Avast now harvests internet browsing data and sells it for millions of dollars. Clients included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft. Documents show a product called “All Clicks Feed”

      https://www.extremetech.com/internet/305344-avasts-free-antivirus-harvests-all-your-clicks-sells-them-to-third-parties

      >As we’ve learned time and time again, “free” things on the internet are almost never truly free. If you’re not paying with money, you’re probably paying with your data. That’s the case with the free antivirus products from Avast, which harvest browsing history for sale to major corporations. Despite claims that its data is fully anonymized, an investigation by our sister site PCMag and Motherboard shows how easy it is to unmask individual users.

      >Avast, which offers antivirus products under its own brand as well as AVG, has traditionally gotten high marks for its malware blocking prowess. When setting up the company’s free AV suite, users are asked to opt into data collection. Many do so after being assured all the data is anonymized and aggregated to protect their identities. However, Avast is collecting much more granular data than anyone expected, and that puts your privacy at risk.

      >Avast markets user data through its Jumpshot subsidiary, which has relationships with firms like Google, Pepsi, Microsoft, and Home Depot. PCMag and Motherboard managed to gain access to internal documents and a sample of data from Jumpshot, and they found Avast is tracking user clicks down to the second.

      >That doesn’t tell you anything about the person behind the clicks — unless you’re Amazon. With access to Amazon data, you could simply look for users who executed the same click or series of clicks, and now you have a name associated with the device ID. Suddenly, Avast’s data contains a full record of that user’s internet usage. Other companies can do the same by matching anonymized clicks in Avast data with their own records.

      >Avast recently removed the user tracking features from its Chrome extensions, but the standalone desktop programs continue to collect every click. For this reason, PCMag no longer recommends Avast Antivirus.

      Additional sources:
      https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-avast-is-reportedly-selling-users-web-browsing-data/
      https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/27/avast-jumpshot-selling-user-data/
      https://archive.fo/o2fJL (VICE, archived cuz they’re cancer)

    • #37495
      Anonymous
      Guest

      it’s written in the TOS, how can people be surprised with this?

      • #37538
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Why is this kind of data worth anything?
        Looks like mobile users data, still should be worth nothing.

        Most users shouldn’t care if it not personalized

        • #37540
          Anonymous
          Guest

          >Looks like mobile users data, still should be worth nothing.
          Just because you lack the knowledge to use it doesn’t mean it won’t make millions for those who have the knowledge.

    • #37496
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >install plugin which decrypt network traffic and sends it to somewehere
      stupidity has no limits

    • #37497
      Anonymous
      Guest

      if anyone has any data on a bunch of people, they are selling it
      it’s over

    • #37498
      Anonymous
      Guest

      What is a good alternative and what does g do for security?
      Paid and free

      • #37503
        Anonymous
        Guest

        don’t download and run garbage off of dodgy websites. don’t open file attachments sent via e-mail from strangers,keep browser & os up to date..etc.etc.. common sense stuff that costs $0.

        Also F-Secure Safe along with browser extensions for Firefox such as uBlock origin and Disconnect.

        I also use Never remember history setting on it to nuke whatever cookies there might be every time I close the browser, but that’s more for the increased productivity for there being an extra step to log in to whatever social media or site I might use.

        Using “free” virus protection sounds really risky considering the root access these applications have on whatever system they’re installed on. I personally trust F-Secure due to it being Finnish and they’ve actively fought for privacy during the past few years. Mikko Hyppönen has a lot of great talks about privacy and malware on the web.

        • #37504
          Anonymous
          Guest

          I do not open random binaries. People who say they use linux so they do not need antivirus usually do. Using linux doesn’t make you invincible. It doesn’t matter at all which OS you use from AV perspective if you open random binaries.

          • #37506
            Anonymous
            Guest

            you hardly can do any harm to the system without root privileges and unlike on windows we don’t just have a popup saying that you need admin rights that everyone just ignores and clicks yes, it asks you for the root password. That alone makes some people think twice before continuing. Second, what kind of viruses are you talking about ? I’m sure you can download some epic troll script that will delete some files or whatever, but the more (if not the only) available viruses for windows that spy on you or run some Bitcoin miner will not work on linux, nobody makes them

    • #37500
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Some of us have families and as we all know kids and women are retarded.

      What are some wholesome security solutions that don’t rely on “common sense”

      • #37539
        Anonymous
        Guest

        You can’t protect retards from themselves. They’ll figure out some way to gently caress shit up, even if you come up with some “fool proof” solution and tell them to upload even remotely sketchy programs to virustotal before running. Just put MSE (because it’s free and they’re already using MS spyware anyway) on their shit and get ready for them to call you to fix their gently caressups later. If you really insist on having some software running in the background, get malwarebytes.

        • #37567
          Anonymous
          Guest

          Use something like VirtualBox, make an image of VM with fresh install of windows. Then clone that VM image into a new VM and have them use that, tell them to save any documents to a cloud drive like dropbox. Every week you delete that VM and clone a new one from that image. So basically you wipe their shit each week. If they have to keep installing certain software they need after each wipe (like Word or something), add that software yourself to that fresh install image, so they don;’t have to do that after each wipe.

    • #37505
      Anonymous
      Guest

      My options to opt out where never on and I have never used their extensions but I have used the AV for a decade or more. Cucked again.

    • #37507
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Their privacy policy makes it quite obvious that they spy on you but retards still continue to use it

      • #37544
        Anonymous
        Guest

        so which anti-virus can you use in 2020?

        • #37552
          Anonymous
          Guest

          ublock origin and not running unknown apps or links, I have only simplewall + UAC on password

        • #37557
          Anonymous
          Guest

          Gentoo

          • #37574
            Anonymous
            Guest

            You can get infected just as easily (if not easier) on linux than on windows. There’s a reason software like ClamAV exists. Enjoy your custom compiled kernel until someone sends you a nice binary with trojan and you open it like a moron.

    • #37508
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >Avast
      lol why do people keep using that crappy anti-virus software

      • #37509
        Anonymous
        Guest

        It’s better than AVG, supports Windows XP, and is free.

        • #37515
          Anonymous
          Guest
          • #37519
            Anonymous
            Guest

            Whilst I don’t know the intent of the poster you replied to, he is factually correct, and I’ll still be using avast on windows systems. Everyone sells data, and there are currently no better alternatives.

            • #37558
              Anonymous
              Guest

              Windows defender

      • #37510
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Because they think they are smarter than other people who don’t use antivirus whatsoever.

      • #37511
        Anonymous
        Guest

        >It’s better than AVG
        Who do you think owns AVG?

    • #37512
      Anonymous
      Guest

      What will Pepsi and Home Depot use my porn history for? It’s not like google ads or television or radio can use my fetish interests without getting censored all to hell.

    • #37514
      Anonymous
      Guest

      It was in the gently caressing EULA. In a free antivirus. Of course you entitled cucks.

    • #37518
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Glad I switched from Avast to Avira back in 2012.

      Also:
      All of the stories keep talking about people who opt in getting reamed. I mean I get it if someone doesn’t read the fine print and ignorantly agrees to having their porn library sold to Home Depot. But what about those who opt out? I’m more worried about if this is similar to a Windows 10 situation where selecting to “opt out” is just a placebo.

    • #37525
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Looks like the chads that don’t use any antivirus win yet again.

    • #37527
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Serious question:
      What are the alternatives if you don’t trust Avast anymore? Kapersky? Bitdefender?

      • #37529
        Anonymous
        Guest
        • #37533
          Anonymous
          Guest

          I still trust Russians more than the globohomo.

          • #37535
            Anonymous
            Guest

            Same but it’s still not a great alternative

            Just use ClamAV for Winblows if you have to

        • #37543
          Anonymous
          Guest

          So in short the vatniks know my porn searches, what now?

    • #37528
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I only view porn on Google Chrome signed into my Google account.
      >using an antivirus

    • #37530
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Is anyone actually surprised?

    • #37531
      Anonymous
      Guest

      gently caress Avast. The worst antivirus company out there.

    • #37534
      Anonymous
      Guest

      AV companies spy on users, what else is new?

    • #37537
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Holy shit just use windows defender, ublock origin with malware/malvertising lists(using a pi-hole is optional, but recommend) and occasionally do a scan with malwarebytes and you wont ever get a virus.

      Using these resource hogging anti-virus suites only serves to slow down your computer.

      • #37550
        Anonymous
        Guest

        >Windows 10 doesnt spy on you
        Literally are you six

        • #37553
          Anonymous
          Guest

          I didn’t say it doesn’t spy on you, all i’m saying is that’s the only AV you need if you’re on windows.

          Of course, if you actually cared about being spied upon. You wouldn’t be using wangblows at all.

    • #37541
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Doesn’t this violate the GDPR in YUROPOOR? Just complain to EU and see them gently caress up this garbage company

    • #37547
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >Google was the good guys all along
      >Home Depot is plotting to monopolize the internet, tech, medicine, eventually government.
      We were too late bros.

      • #37551
        Anonymous
        Guest

        says the zombie that got brainwashed by google. like you would get the truth from a platform that is literally owned and controlled by google.

    • #37554
      Anonymous
      Guest

      How do we warn normalfags about """free software and services""" without looking like a paranoid schizophrenic?

    • #37560
      Anonymous
      Guest

      This is partly thanks to them installing a modified chromium that just has a modified https everywhere and modified ublock origin preinstalled.

      And every company WILL sell your data. They have given up on every last ethical practice since they figured out all they have to do is donate to Dems and put up rainbow flags every year for globohomo.

    • #37564
      Anonymous
      Guest

      YES, this is PROPRIETARY software, YES, it runs on ring 0 ehehehehe, BUT YOU CAN TRUST US.

      We only want the BEST for a go-I mean GUY like you, yes, mhmm yes, heuehuehuehe.

    • #37565
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >y-you can still opt out! We swear! DON’T LEAVE!

      So is this an actual opt out or a Windows 10 "opt out lol-not-really"

    • #37569
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >free AV makes money selling user data
      What! No way!

      • #37575
        Polly Walker
        Guest

        Pretty sure the free one was constantly upselling you for a paid version. But whatever.

        I used Avast years ago, I guess all the corporations know I like cougars now.

    • #37570
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >Microsoft is already spying there users through there OS.
      >Microsoft got to buy those private stuffs from another company which software runs already on Microsoft’s OS.

      Wut ?
      Is Microsoft really that stupid or is there some big communication’s problem between there offices ???

      • #37571
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Avast is even more invasive than Windows 10 in many areas

    • #38204
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hey gently caresstards,
      Avast Anti virus downloaded itself after
      not even checking it probably downloading other software,
      Bitdefender requires email login (so they know you anyway)
      besides all this these citizen’s privacy (no-)rights respecting
      companies know your IP even when using VPN since it takes time
      to load, & not one can say they are guaranteed private.
      Internet can be easily accessible for many, but really
      for alot of the sheeple commentary & other more broader nonsense it carries & disseminates it just sucks.
      You Welcome

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