Avast Online Security and Avast Secure Browser are spying on you

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by summerheat, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. summerheat

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    Wladimir Palant, the (retired) creator of AdBlockPlus writes:

     
  2. kronckew

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    So, turn off data sharing in the options...

    The only way to have safe hex:
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  3. RioHN

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    This appears to be built into the core functionality of the Avast Online Security extension. I'm not sure data sharing options will help.

    Best to just remove the security extension or Avast altogether.
     
  4. Joxx

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    I think many (most?) Avast users don't realize there's an option during install where if you click Customize you can uncheck all the crapware and install only the main shields (File, Web, Mail, Behaviour).
    Not sure, though, if that's enough to eliminate all eventual data sharing telemetry.
     
  5. Rasheed187

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    No kidding. Everyone knows that Avast is basically spyware. And the worst thing is, they are not the only AV company that does this. I'm sick and tired of all this data telemetry stuff in order to "improve the product".
     
  6. mirimir

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    This is a problem with anti-malware apps generally.

    Some have pwned users.
     
  7. liba

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    I agree. Dont use antlvirus (except NOD32).
     
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    Mozilla removes all Avast Firefox extensions
    December 3, 2019
    https://www.ghacks.net/2019/12/03/mozilla-removes-all-avast-firefox-extensions/
     
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    Privacy gets top billing in Firefox moves
    https://techxplore.com/news/2019-12-privacy-billing-firefox.html
     
  10. mood

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    Senator Wyden Asks Avast Antivirus Why it Sells Users' Browsing Data
    Wyden’s questions come after Mozilla removed Avast's and AVG’s extensions for harvesting user data
    December 11, 2019

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v744v9/senator-ron-wyden-asks-avast-selling-users-browsing-data
     
  11. anon

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    Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomas...lects-and-sells-your-web-habits/#6bf939b62bdc
     
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    Google removes Avast and AVG add-ons from Chrome over data-mining claims
    Avast sees it differently
    December 18, 2019

    https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3084749/chrome-removes-avg-avast-add-ons-data-mining
     
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    Avast and AVG Firefox Extensions Added Back to Mozilla Addons Site
    December 22, 2019
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...extensions-added-back-to-mozilla-addons-site/
     
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    avast is very powerful, unfortunately thanks to "spying" on users and its "free" antivirus
     
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    It makes me wonder about all those times Avast was at the top of the heap in those comparatives studies so often. :cautious: Guess I'll go back and look around for some YouTube stuff, you know, independent-like.

    Back when I used AVG paid a few years ago, before Avast, it was quite good. Save me a couple of times, must admit.
     
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    “The data is anonymized according to Avast which means that personally identifiable information such as a user’s IP address or email addresses are removed from the data before it is sold. While that looks good on paper, methods exists to de-anonymize data.”

    So Mozilla can sell browsing data to Cliqz “because it’s anonymized” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliqz#Integration_with_Firefox), most of big tech companies will claim every collection and processing moral right on our data as long as it’s anonymized, but when their not-friend Avast does it too suddenly they remember that it’s still bad to do that, and that in particular data can be de-anonymized?

    Let me add something that people tend to forget in these times of death of digital rights, that de-anonymization is not the only reason, not even the main reason why this kind of anonymized data collection is bad: the main reason is that our data belongs to us, not to some business whose code we’re running on our devices.
     
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