AVG CEO - "Yes we will sell your data"

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by TS4H, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. TS4H

    TS4H Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Posts:
    512
    Location:
    Australia
  2. Oldjim

    Oldjim Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Posts:
    99
    http://hexus.net/tech/news/software/86579-avg-privacy-policy-update-allows-sell-browsing-history/
     
  3. Spokesman

    Spokesman Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2014
    Posts:
    383
    Location:
    Belgium
    So its seems AVG goes in the same direction like Qihoo 360 :cautious:
     
  4. ArchiveX

    ArchiveX Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2014
    Posts:
    1,016
  5. ropchain

    ropchain Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2015
    Posts:
    333
    I do not expect anything else from a free product, developers and analysts also have to get paid.
     
  6. Nebulus

    Nebulus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Posts:
    1,582
    Location:
    European Union
    I can't say I wasn't expecting that. The only purpose for data collection is to make money from it (one way or the other), despite AV companies claims that they are used only "to improve their products". :thumbd:
     
  7. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    8,046
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    This is totally unacceptable for me. This is exactly the reason why I choose not to run AV's, free or not.
     
  8. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Posts:
    1,957
    Location:
    DC Metro Area
    Emisoft is for you.
     
  9. Dragon1952

    Dragon1952 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2012
    Posts:
    1,097
    Location:
    Hollow Earth - Telos
    http://thehackernews.com/2015/09/avg-antivirus.html
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 20, 2015
  10. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2012
    Posts:
    3,872
    Rightly so.
    Software companies cannot pay developers and give the public a free product purely on fresh air.They need revenue to cover costs so i dont know what all the fuss is about.:rolleyes:
     
  11. amarildojr

    amarildojr Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Posts:
    1,989
    Location:
    Brasil
    I can't even imagine if your boss sends you an infected word/excell document. What will you do? :p Deny the job and get fired, or get infected?
     
  12. boredog

    boredog Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Posts:
    1,181
    I am glad I never used it. It never was a good AV free or not.
     
  13. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    8,516
    LOL, weren't you the one who said anti-malware and such were unnecessary? Or was that only for Linux?

    Anyhow, on Windows he could easily just disable scripting, use anti-exploit, sandboxing, policy restrictions, all forms of whitelisting, even blacklisting that's not AV, and whatnot.
     
  14. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,054
    This is terrible in my opinion. I am all for the fact developers need to be paid, that's why I use mostly paid software. Free means just that, you got the free thing with no costs. So if they sell your data to get revenue they are outright lying and stealing. At least they are being honest about their stealing.

    If they can't make enough writing off the free versions as advertising, then they either eat it or don't do it. Absolutely terrible business model.
     
  15. amarildojr

    amarildojr Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Posts:
    1,989
    Location:
    Brasil
    Yes, none of this is necessary on Linux.

    True.
     
  16. TS4H

    TS4H Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Posts:
    512
    Location:
    Australia
    The data era of the modern age. Sighhh.. In the meantime Linux is looking much more attractive.

    @Peter2150 Its important to keep in mind that even if you have paid for products, there is still the strong chance that your data is still sold. Good way to increase residual income. Whether a consumer chooses paid or free AV, to an AV vendor it does not matter as long as you use their products. Its a numbers game and not how many licenses they sold. In my humble opinion of course.

    Data mining where possible seems to be the trend these days.

    regards.
     
  17. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    17,054
    That is why the first question I ask about software I use is do I trust the vendor. AV wise I use Emsisoft, and the are at the top of the list of protecting your data, not selling it. Free is a lousy criteria for picking a product.
     
  18. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    8,046
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    At the moment I rely on VirusTotal + HIPS and sandboxing.
     
  19. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Posts:
    8,046
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Yes I agree, it's very sad that security tools are turning into spyware. This is not good for the sector.
     
Loading...