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Avast antivirus selling user data #5335363 01/29/20 11:04 AM
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"Avast, which makes free antivirus software that's used by millions of people around the world, is reportedly selling "highly sensitive" web browsing data via a subsidiary company called Jumpshot...."

https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-avast-is-reportedly-selling-users-web-browsing-data/

Free software has a price

Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335370 01/29/20 11:10 AM
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IMO, Windows 10 with the built in defender is all you need. I am a firm believer that a lot of these anti-virus softwares cause more problems than they solve.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335376 01/29/20 11:19 AM
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This should surprise nobody.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335380 01/29/20 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by xfactor9
"Avast, which makes free antivirus software that's used by millions of people around the world, is reportedly selling "highly sensitive" web browsing data via a subsidiary company called Jumpshot...."

https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-avast-is-reportedly-selling-users-web-browsing-data/

Free software has a price


You mean porn?

Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: dishdude] #5335393 01/29/20 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
IMO, Windows 10 with the built in defender is all you need. I am a firm believer that a lot of these anti-virus softwares cause more problems than they solve.

Although we can't be sure that Microsoft is not selling our data also.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335397 01/29/20 11:36 AM
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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: Quattro Pete] #5335398 01/29/20 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
IMO, Windows 10 with the built in defender is all you need. I am a firm believer that a lot of these anti-virus softwares cause more problems than they solve.

Although we can't be sure that Microsoft is not selling our data also.

Microsoft is much more up front that they do it. During the windows 10 initial setup process there is a whole page of stuff with detailed descriptions of what they collect.
It's a bummer, Avast was excellent for a while. But then it became garbage.
Malwarebytes is where it's at! Either just use the free version in conjunction with Windows 10's built-in Defender and do a Malwarebytes scan occasionally or pony up for the paid version to get the absolute best real-time protection money can buy.
PS: nothing is free. If it's free, you're the product (examples: Facebook, Snapchat, Windows 10) but at the end of the day, I know that all the "oH mY pRiVaCy" people wouldn't pay $100/mo for a private version of Facebook!

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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335401 01/29/20 11:40 AM
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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: dishdude] #5335404 01/29/20 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
IMO, Windows 10 with the built in defender is all you need. I am a firm believer that a lot of these anti-virus softwares cause more problems than they solve.

IT professional here. Windows 10 built in AV isn't half bad. If you have non-tech savvy people using your computer that will click on just about anything, you may want something more robust. Comcast customers in the US receive Norton Security Suite for free if you have internet service through them.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335421 01/29/20 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by xfactor9
"Avast, which makes free antivirus software that's used by millions of people around the world, is reportedly selling "highly sensitive" web browsing data via a subsidiary company called Jumpshot...."

https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-avast-is-reportedly-selling-users-web-browsing-data/

Free software has a price


No such thing as "free" lunch or anything else.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: xfactor9] #5335439 01/29/20 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by xfactor9
"Avast, which makes free antivirus software that's used by millions of people around the world, is reportedly selling "highly sensitive" web browsing data via a subsidiary company called Jumpshot...."

https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-avast-is-reportedly-selling-users-web-browsing-data/

Free software has a price

Avast has both free as well as paid subscription service levels. The article does not make it clear if Avast is selling data of just the free users or all users.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: dogememe] #5335517 01/29/20 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dogememe

Microsoft is much more up front that they do it. During the windows 10 initial setup process there is a whole page of stuff with detailed descriptions of what they collect.
It's a bummer, Avast was excellent for a while. But then it became garbage.
Malwarebytes is where it's at! Either just use the free version in conjunction with Windows 10's built-in Defender and do a Malwarebytes scan occasionally or pony up for the paid version to get the absolute best real-time protection money can buy.
PS: nothing is free. If it's free, you're the product (examples: Facebook, Snapchat, Windows 10) but at the end of the day, I know that all the "oH mY pRiVaCy" people wouldn't pay $100/mo for a private version of Facebook!


Windows 10 isn't free though. It costs $100 for the retail Home version ($10 pirated licenses not withstanding), so MS would have no excuse to do what Avast did. And when it's pre-installed on OEM hardware, the manufacturer pays MS for the license. Either way, it's not free for the user.

This is a reminder why I'd never use free tax software.

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You can buy an eset or Trend license on ebay for a few bucks. I typically go that route.


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Re: Avast antivirus selling user data [Re: JustinH] #5335749 01/29/20 06:23 PM
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You can buy an eset or Trend license on ebay for a few bucks. I typically go that route.


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I remember Avast, those were the days of using Windows XP.

Eventually I found ways to using Windows XP without using any anti-virus, thanks to Wilders Security Forums.

That was when it was fun, then got bored when Windows 7 came along and switched to Linux Mint.


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