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    AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    New privacy policy is scheduled to come into effect on 15th October.
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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    What happened to AVG. I used to swear by them a few years ago.

    Tut tut.

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    I changed over to Avast after AVGs relatively poor performance when tested in Computer Shopper, this year. Though I was tempted to change back due to Avasts annoying notifications. i.e. When I login with Santander a pop comes up saying they can "enhance my security" (or something along those lines) which obviously means they are spying on which sites I am going on!

    Such a shame that these companies Get-their-foot-in-the-door with millions of users then change their practices and alienate us...

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    seriously.... I won't be using avg again anytime soon. That's just stupid, don't they realise that tech savvy people are getting fed up with all the tracking etc that is going on online and this 'anti tracking' view will spread to their non tech savvy friends when they ask for help .

    EDIT: I wonder which av Saracen uses... if it was AVG it won't be later on today lol

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    This just shows the 2 things that the internet has become all about:

    1) Everyone expects everything to be free (probably caused by the item listed in 2)

    2) The go to business model for these companies is to make the product available free first to gain millions of users and then work out ways to actually make money cause the product / service costs money to develop and run

    As with most of the companies employing these tactics it doesnt effect the paid for versions so if ppl like the product but dont want adds or to have their data harvested and sold its simple.

    Pay for the products you use.

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    Glad I moved to BitDefender last month!

    Edit: Incase Kanoe asks, I paid for it and have also owned the previous AVG Premium. I am more than happy to support a company if it offers a good product. (Besides, who wants to buy browsing history of porn, porn, porn, porn, reddit, reddit porn, etc )
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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    So what's the general consensus on the 'best' free AVG nowadays?

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    RIP AVG.

    I bet you wont be enticing Saracen now lol.
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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    So what's the general consensus on the 'best' free AVG nowadays?
    Avast and Bitdefender seem to be holding up well against all the "Free Antivirus" reviews I read recently.

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    So this applies to both free and paid users? I'm a paid-up user of AVG until January 2017

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    ....

    EDIT: I wonder which av Saracen uses... if it was AVG it won't be later on today lol
    I have used AVG, but not for, oh, five or six years. Currently, I'm using a mix on different machines, of Avast, Kaspersky and Comodo. Plus, MBAM and network hardware firewall.

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    RIP AVG.

    I bet you wont be enticing Saracen now lol.
    On RIP, dunno. My bet is that among tech-heads like us lot there'll be a backlash from some. Others, especially the younger ones, don't really care about privacy. After all, if you've already ceded access to vast amounts of personal data via smartphone apps, then anything AVG might compromise would rather seem like worrying about a cupful of water, and ignoring the fact that you're in the centre of the Pacific ocean, in a badly leaking boat. It might be a concern, but it's definitively missing the forest because you're intent on a leaf or two.

    As for enticing me, it won't help, no. BUT .... I'm not yet convinced quite what the threat to MY personal data is, if I used it. I haven't studied AVGs statements closely, but it seems they're talking about non-personal, or anonymised, data. That begs two questions :-

    - exactly what they mean by that? And
    - to what extent to we trust them to be honest, open and complete in what they say?

    After all, they did say ...

    Quote Originally Posted by AVG Blog post
    We do not, and will not, sell personally identifiable data to anyone, including advertisers.
    I have no objection to certain anonymous data being collated, used or sold. For instance, if AVG analysed user data and determined what percentage used Firefox, Opera, IE, etc and sold that, then I have no problem being part of that. If they released data about me using either a unique identifier that identified either me personally, or "devices" I use, then I have an issue because the instant anything, now or in the future, links me personally to that identifier, all previously anonymous data becomes identifiable.

    And that's my concern about "anonymised data". If it's supplied in aggregate form, no problem. But if it's granular, then at a minimum, a risk if it being de-anonymised exists. And unless AVG are MUCH more specific about what they're doing, then it comes down to the degree to which we trust their integrity and ethics. And sorry, but I have a hard time with trusting any company that relies in such obfuscation. Too many have the morals of a rutting alleycat in heat, where even passing squirrels better think twice about bending over to bury a nut.

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    Did anyone else get an Iframeinject.AE trojan when they visited the computing.co.uk website linked in this article? Windows Defender just picked it up from my Chrome cache shortly after I opened the site, the only other sites I had open were Youtube and Hexus...

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    Hey, if I want to be spied, I don't install security software... neither I do run Windows 10...

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    By now, we all have to expect and accept free products=making money off you. It shouldn't come as a surprise.

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    Re: AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history

    I used to use AVG too, but not for a couple of years since I've been happy enough with Windows Defender (or MSE as it used to be) and the occasional preventitive full scan with MBAM. All of the commercial AVs I tried just seemed to have a much bigger resource footprint than I wanted, or were intrusive (popups etc).

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