Antivirus collect data, should I worry?


Antivirus που κλέβουν; Η Avast collects the browsing history of its users and sells the data to third parties, according to joint research του PCMag και του Vice. Πρόκειται για το τελευταίο παράδειγμα ενός δωρεάν λογισμικού εντοπισμού ιών που συλλέγει δεδομένα. Φυσικά αυτό το δωρεάν antivirus θα πρέπει να κερδίσει και κάποια χρήματα.

You use it antivirus της Avast; Από προεπιλογή, η Avast συλλέγει τη δραστηριότητα περιήγησης ιστού και την προσφέρει στους εμπόρους μέσω μιας θυγατρικής με την επωνυμία Jumpshot. Οι εταιρείες που αγοράζουν τα δεδομένα που συλλέγει η εφαρμογή Avast μπορούν να δουν τα πλήρη στοιχεία “clickstream” για να εντοπίσουν τι κάνουν οι χρήστες της Avast online.

Here's how Michael Kan presents it at PCMag:

The data collected is so detailed that customers can see the individual clicks that users make during their browsing periods, including up to a millisecond. And while the data collected is never associated with an individual's name, email, or IP address, each user history is assigned an identifier called a device ID.

Avast, on the other hand, says the data is "anonymous", but PCMag and Motherboard say they have been able to link it to individuals. For example, if you know which Amazon user purchased a particular product in a given second on a given date, you can identify the "anonymous" person and then check more browsing history.

Αν έχετε εγκαταστήσει το Avast με τις προεπιλεγμένες ρυθμίσεις, το ιστορικό περιήγησής σας πωλείται στους διαφημιζόμενους μέσω της Jumpshot. Αυτά τα δεδομένα δεν συλλέγονται μέσω της επέκτασης του προγράμματος περιήγησης της Avast, αλλά μέσω της κύριας εφαρμογής του Avast antivirus.

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When you install Avast, you will see a question asking if you want to share your data. Most people who click on "Agree" probably did not realize that they agreed with the behavior described above.

If you have Avast installed, open the application and follow the path in the menu Settings - General - Privacy. From there you can control what data is collected and shared by the application, and of course you can turn off data sharing options.

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In October 2019, the creator of the Adblock Plus extension, Wladimir Palant, described how many Avast browser extensions collect and transmit data from the browsing history. The expansion of the AVG app did the same thing - and this should come as no surprise, since Avast bought AVG a few years ago.

Google and Mozilla immediately removed the browser extensions from the Chrome Web Store and Mozilla Addons, respectively, until Avast made the necessary changes. Add-ons are still available and Avast seems to be more "transparent" in its privacy policy.

(Google is trying to protect its users from third party data collection, the joke of the day).

Free antivirus software should be profitable, so it should come as no surprise that companies like Avast have turned to collecting and generating revenue from their customers' data.

Free antivirus software is no longer "free". Many antivirus companies change the default search engine by changing the browser homepage and incorporating additional software "offers" to their installers. Today, many other antivirus applications can track you and possibly sell that data.

Αν δεν σας αρέσουν αυτά χρησιμοποιήστε το antivirus των Windows, αλλά και πάλι μην είστε σίγουροι ότι δεν φεύγουν δεδομένα από τον υπολογιστή σας.


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