Avast virus checker should protect. Not sell user data!

Who would you call if you found out that your virus checker app sells user data to other companies? You trust your virus checker app but the makers of it hide something for you. They say that they protect you but in reality, they don’t care about you at all.

Avast is such a virus checker app that now seems to do more harm than it should. A virus checker should be an app that you as a user trust because you think it will help you, but instead, it shares your data. Even if its a subsidiary of Avast it is as bad as if it would be the main company. That subsidiary that sells Every search and every click. It also counts every buys on every site that you use without your awareness that it is running in the background.

The Avast subsidiary got clients such as Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. It is not just a little thing. This a very huge harm for anyone that is using the Avast antivirus app and I don’t know why people continue to use Microsoft products. Maybe people have just given up?

Highly sensitive web browsing data has been shared by the Avast subsidiary

An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has been found. Our report relies on leaked user data, contracts, and other company documents that show the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is in many cases supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it.

How can users of Windows 10 just sit and make this happen? Why is there no community regarding protecting your precious private life? I just don’t understand peoples will be controlled and used by commercial companies helping Microsoft economy. Windows 10 should be as secure as any Linux or BSD distro out there. It is silly how people just ignore this.

Now we really urge every Avast user to claim their refund. This should never be acceptable. Care!

Jumpshot is the Avast subsidiary that has leaked data to Google, Microsoft and Pepsi!

The documents, from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant Avast called Jumpshot, shine new light on the secretive sale and supply chain of peoples’ internet browsing histories. They show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person’s computer collects data, and that Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world. Some past, present, and potential clients include Google, Yelp, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Home Depot, Cond√© Nast, Intuit, and many others. Some clients paid millions of dollars for products that include a so-called “All Clicks Feed,” which can track user behavior, clicks, and movement across websites in highly precise detail.

Avast claims to have more than 435 million active users per month, and Jumpshot says it has data from 100 million devices. Avast collects data from users that opt-in and then provides that to Jumpshot, but multiple Avast users told Motherboard they were not aware Avast sold browsing data, raising questions about how informed that consent is.

Whatever subsidiary this is about. Even if the name is Jumpshot. They should never be allowed to do this by Avast. How can a virus checker company put its 435 million loyal customers in a such situation? Everyone that got Avast should remove their app right now! and demand a refund for all the time that the Avast subsidiary Jumpshot has been selling user data. The company should suffer so much for letting this happen. Any excuse is out of the question. This is really serious!

Avast should be abandoned now!

This leakage is for sure a serious one that no one should just ignore. This is about your life online! We really recommend you to just use the builtin security options in Windows 10 or just install Linux or BSD if you can.

You can read the entire article about this news here. We encourage everyone using Avast to do something now! Remove it. Don’t wait. 435 million users should abandon this product for good.

Source: Vice