We're all aware of which companies track us. Avast do it to their paid users to. And, If you buy Avast av pro now, as soon as you install it you''ll be getting ad's to upgrade and guess what? When you upgrade to internet security they'll still show ad's for their next level products and they'll still gather data. We all know Google and MS do it and, yes MS have an AV too. But, for me personally a security company tracking its users and harvesting data to that level is wrong. I remember the days when we used to remove popup ads and software that tracked users and harvested data was removed. I'm using Win 10 right this second but every machine in my home is now running a version of GNU/Linux. We can't stop date collecting and said data being sold, but we can definitely minimize it. And we should never have to go out of our way to stop our security software from tracking us, harvesting our data and then running studies on said data.The thing is it is the same for any free softwares. Avast at least tells the same in before hand
Don't you think how a company survives selling freemium all the day >> Google how it survives??
It sells users history to generate revenue..I dont think Avast degraded to that extent (in my opinion)
Knowing that Avast sells users history using it knowing all these facts and blaming it again for the same..is senseless .
Google is the biggest Spyware and Password stealer in the entire industry..These small guys are no where to them.
If you are concerned that much choose PREMIUM softwares over Freemium to be secure (Atleast to some extent)
Very well said.It's sad to see such capable products, provided by Avast, to harvest so much data. It's perfectly normal some amount of telemetry to be shared and transfered, to improve the product and fix problems.
But harvesting so much user's data by a security company, tracking almost everything they can, and saying that they use those infos for research and insights to better protect their users, it's contradiction. And above all, they provide a VPN and also an Anti-tracking tool. Avast...seriously!:X3:
I hope they've stopped doing it to paid users but I won't hold my breath. What's really concerning is that more and more security companies are starting to think showing ads in paid products and collecting user data that has nothing to do with improving the product is ok. God help the next few generations.I use the internet security since 6 weeks. Haven't seen any ads yet
Exactly!I hope they've stopped doing it to paid users but I won't hold my breath. What's really concerning is that more and more security companies are starting to think showing ads in paid products and collecting user data that has nothing to do with improving the product is ok. God help the next few generations.
The more people say "I have nothing to hide" or "I don't care", the more these companies think to themselves that it is okay for them to do what they are doing.
"CEO: Alright boys and girls, let's turn ourselves into the C.I.A. This has to be a quick, clean and stealth transition.
Employee: But sir we are an AV company...
CEO: Exactly. People trust us.
100% privacy doesn't exist but that doesn't mean there aren't companies which will actually try to respect your privacy and are a lot quieter.
I am 100% certain that Avast did this at one point, they probably still do.I really hate security products who force you upon installing, to "upgrade" and redirecting user to purchase page, showing mystical discount ads suddenly. I can't recall, but there were few AV vendors, at a time you were unstalling that product, it shows ads to stay with them, giving 50% discount, Vipre, McAfee or ZoneAlarm was it? Don't remember though.. Almost like begging, to get into users wallet. And same for Avast IS, that you can get free 1/2/3 year subscription based on how many refferals you've gotten to join Avast cult.