Avast is Selling Data of Free Anti-Virus Users with Fake Names

Avast Security Company sells free user versions of its anti-virus to data-anonymous advertising companies. Avast, which sells data, also includes browsing history, which is sold to Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, McKinsey and other large companies.

A joint investigation by Vice (PC) and PC Mag regarding the sale of data to Avast’s customers was revealed.These investigations were followed by growing skepticism about Avast’s services. Mozilla is among the other companies that have removed Avast and its subsidiary AVG’s extensions from the browser. 
The move was taken to collect more information than what was reported by Avast, with Avast responding that the data was collected under a pseudonym and no more data is being collected.

The company, however, kept collecting data on desktops using the free version.
Documents received by Voice and PC Magazine contain all the details of consumer behavior on the Internet. It has browsing history and all the search terms that users search on the Internet. This data also contains GPS details. The people behind can be traced.

Avast uses the name of JumpShot, a subsidiary to sell this data. They also sold this data to Google, ELP and the Home Depot hardware store.

Avast says that after Mozilla’s extension was removed, it began collecting data for desktop users. The number of monthly active users of Avast is 435 million, but it is not known how many of them use the free version. Jump Shoot reported that in December 2018 they had data on 100 million unique devices.

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