Why not stay with Defender without selling your data?i wanted to give it a try since i have not used this from 2008 and something always kept me away from avast. i have been almost non-stop user of avg though. when they joined i let avg go. Now i am so tempted to go back to both but i am not sure.
The problem is when you break someone trust, and security software is based on trust.As I keep reading nasty comments about Avast selling customers data and as I deeply hate FUD I would like to point out that:
1.) Avast has stopped doing business with customers data. That has happened in january and we are now in july.
2.) The data collected has always been anonymized and aggregated. Someone has suggested that such data could be deanonymized but, as far as I know, there isn't any proof to support those suppositions. If I'm wrong please post a link to those proofs.
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I believe that discussions in a community so involved in security matters should be much more informed than that. I also think that doing such business is a wrong choise by a security vendor and I'm glad that Avast has moved on. Anyway, it is not necessary to spread FUD in order to criticize such choices.
avast has a ton of ads
they sell their paid costumers
They got caught red-handed.- no it doesn't. Upselling their functions is not "ads" and after using avast! Free for some time till just few days ago I haven't seen a single ad for any of their features even. Only few pointers on "new" things they offer. Once I went through those, they were gone.
- no they don't. Data collection was the same for all users if they agreed to it.
It's just funny how entire world is outraged over avast! while typing that outrage on Android device and complaining over it on Facebook. If those people actually gave two f**ks over data collection they wouldn't be using either of two and they'd also be regulated like years ago. Instead avast! was thrown under the bus, but Google and Facebook, totally a OK.
Reason I'm so neutral to avast! is because I've had Privacy settings for data collection unchecked since avast! 5 and was thus not even affected by all of it. It's not helping their general image though and most users are exaggerating the whole thing far beyond what it really was.
a CEO may come out and say anything he wants but the fact is that they did not come out and warned their costumers ....hey we are gonna sell you guys ..... in the first place
secondly they will have to really try hard nd it takes some time to regain their trust
just a personal opinion
The problem is when you break someone trust, and security software is based on trust.
They got caught red-handed.
Google is known to collect data, as their business evolves around it.
Well, they didn't. If users don't read a damn thing and just agreeing, that doesn't make them "caught red handed". I knew all along that their Jumpshot subsidiary is selling stuff and thus I had all the data sharing settings disabled since version 5 and they didn't even own Jumpshot back then afair.
Avast's official position has been that we've always given a choice to not collect this data. There's no explicit denial.because it is now hurting their business and it proved to be a bad choise
Marshall confirms that data was harvested from millions of users of its core products, of which only 17 million pay for usage, but was done with their approval. “It wasn’t surreptitiously collected, it was with approval.”
I hope you have read some of the comments on this forum and others about GDPR and Avast and how the tickboxes had to be opt in rather than opt out.
If the Czech government is running a probe and it is not dismissed yet, it means this was not as innocent as we think. It may turn out to be fine in the end, but if it's taking so long, there's a cause for concern.
That being said, I have observed recent versions of Avast/AVG (April onwards) are not as intrusive anymore and I think they've now added GDPR compliance into the program. So the products should be okay to use now.