- Jul 25, 2006
- 7,143 (1.39/day)
- Nebraska, USA
|System Name||Brightworks Systems BWS-6 E-IV|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6600 @ 3.9GHz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 Rev 1.0|
|Cooling||Quality case, 2 x Fractal Design 140mm fans, stock CPU HSF|
|Memory||16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 Corsair Vengeance|
|Video Card(s)||EVGA GEForce GTX 1050Ti 4Gb GDDR5|
|Storage||Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SSD|
|Display(s)||Samsung S24E650BW LED x 2|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4|
|Power Supply||EVGA Supernova 550W G2 Gold|
|Mouse||Microsoft Wireless 5000|
|Keyboard||Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5050|
|Software||W10 Pro 64-bit|
Wow, this is really sad,
Avast is harvesting users' browser histories on the pretext that the data has been 'de-identified,' thus protecting your privacy. But the data, which is being sold to third parties, can be linked back to people's real identities, exposing every click and search they've made.
A new report illustrates how Avast sells data, including every click from some users, to companies like Microsoft, Pepsi, and Home Depot.
An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells 'Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.' Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.
For users of the free version of Avast, I guess this is the developer's scam... err... method to coerce... err attempt to create incentive for users to pay for one of their Avast Premium or Ultimate versions. I might suggest considering a different anti-malware program altogether.
(Edit comment: Fixed a couple typos - BB)