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In light of the recent news about Avast selling our data, what will you do?

Uninstall immediately and find another product.
29 (49.2%)
Go to settings and opt out of all data sharing.
15 (25.4%)
Wait until my subscription expires and go with another product.
7 (11.9%)
Nothing, I'm ok with it.
7 (11.9%)
I don't know what this is about.
1 (1.7%)

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2020, 04:01:32 PM »
I'll wait and see what happens.
I still don't know if we are talking about Avast AV or browser extensions.
I never used Avast extensions and never will since they are inferior to other known security add-ons.

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2020, 04:13:14 PM »
I'm still a bit confused? So they found out that the information sold by Jumpshot (Avast) revealed that they visited a porn site.
I'm sure that there are many that fit that category. It didn't identify the individual. It simply reported someone visited a certain porn site.
What's the big deal? What am I missing.  :o

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2020, 05:15:50 PM »
I'm still a bit confused? So they found out that the information sold by Jumpshot (Avast) revealed that they visited a porn site.
I'm sure that there are many that fit that category. It didn't identify the individual. It simply reported someone visited a certain porn site.
What's the big deal? What am I missing.  :o

I believe people are upset because it was done behind the scenes and Avast was not upfront about it.

People are probably having some of the following questions:

Would they have disclosed this if they hadn't been caught?
How can we take their word that things will be fixed if trust has already been lost?
What other things are they doing with our data that we don't know about?

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2020, 07:52:30 PM »
Damage has already been done it's to late....... The way i look at it is similar to what I0bit did to malwarebytes back in the day with stealing it's databases. I0bit has never been the same now avast has done a similar thing to our user data... They used us including "paid users" as pawns in they're financial gains. 
« Last Edit: January 31, 2020, 08:00:44 PM by kenny556 »

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2020, 09:45:24 PM »
Damage has already been done it's to late....... The way i look at it is similar to what I0bit did to malwarebytes back in the day with stealing it's databases. I0bit has never been the same now avast has done a similar thing to our user data... They used us including "paid users" as pawns in they're financial gains.
The difference is that the data they shared was't directly identifiable to you.
IObit's offence was outright theft. IObit is still in business and some of their products are actually good.


This in no way is offered as an excuse for the use of that data. Without explicit consent to share, that data was the property of the user.
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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2020, 01:28:40 PM »
Hi, I also read the recent admission of sellilng  of data and ceos apology, i put it as i read in the net, to users and say that they have stopped some jumpshot, which uses the whole thing leaded.
But , what is the action taken to block the  usage of data of the said seller of the data company
No news and kind of action taken report on that in this forum and anywhere in news paper.
The trust i posed in avast is such that , il know each menu of the avast and i liked it.
There was no news from avast regarding this , but from other sources.
It is a black spot on the so called trust reposed my members all over the world .
i have not seen a post on this from the regular posters in this regard
How could now i believe in what avast is saying and doing.
It is difficult to say here. i have recommended this product for so many friends.
Hope that avast responds to this thread
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Please re read the first line. that is the main concern

« Last Edit: February 01, 2020, 03:33:20 PM by jraju »

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2020, 02:09:55 PM »
I'm still a bit confused? So they found out that the information sold by Jumpshot (Avast) revealed that they visited a porn site.
I'm sure that there are many that fit that category. It didn't identify the individual. It simply reported someone visited a certain porn site.
What's the big deal? What am I missing.  :o
There's ways the data can actually be analyzed and linked back to a person's real identity, potentially revealing every website the user visited, including the search terms made and other info.

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2020, 03:31:18 PM »
I'm still a bit confused? So they found out that the information sold by Jumpshot (Avast) revealed that they visited a porn site.
I'm sure that there are many that fit that category. It didn't identify the individual. It simply reported someone visited a certain porn site.
What's the big deal? What am I missing.  :o
There's ways the data can actually be analyzed and linked back to a person's real identity, potentially revealing every website the user visited, including the search terms made and other info.
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.
We should also be notified if our data was shared and have a right to have that data deleted. (If that were even possible.)
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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2020, 04:06:55 PM »
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.

Come on Bob. I've been reading your posts forever and you're clearly a smart guy. If let's say Amazon buys data from av Jumpshot they get info on what a certain Avast ID did on their page at a certain time. For example clicked on an advert for a new iPhone. By cross-reference Amazon can easily see what Avast ID belongs to what IP or even customer that clicked on that advert at the exact same time. That anonymous Avast ID is worthless.

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2020, 04:32:23 PM »
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.

Come on Bob. I've been reading your posts forever and you're clearly a smart guy. If let's say Amazon buys data from av Jumpshot they get info on what a certain Avast ID did on their page at a certain time. For example clicked on an advert for a new iPhone. By cross-reference Amazon can easily see what Avast ID belongs to what IP or even customer that clicked on that advert at the exact same time. That anonymous Avast ID is worthless.
@Mike,
That still isn't the kind of proof I'm waiting for.
You're assuming that I have no problem with the data sharing revelation and that's totally incorrect.
I'm pissed that it was going on and wish it had voluntarily been stopped prior to someone else finding out that it was happening.
Non of that changes the fact that from a security standpoint, Avast is still an excellent AV product.

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2020, 05:07:56 PM »
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.

Come on Bob. I've been reading your posts forever and you're clearly a smart guy. If let's say Amazon buys data from av Jumpshot they get info on what a certain Avast ID did on their page at a certain time. For example clicked on an advert for a new iPhone. By cross-reference Amazon can easily see what Avast ID belongs to what IP or even customer that clicked on that advert at the exact same time. That anonymous Avast ID is worthless.
@Mike,
That still isn't the kind of proof I'm waiting for.
You're assuming that I have no problem with the data sharing revelation and that's totally incorrect.
I'm pissed that it was going on and wish it had voluntarily been stopped prior to someone else finding out that it was happening.
Non of that changes the fact that from a security standpoint, Avast is still an excellent AV product.

You where asking for proof that users are identifiable by the sold information, and they are. I'm also sceptical if a good product is enough to outweigh when the company behind it had shown such lack of judgement.

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #41 on: February 01, 2020, 05:19:11 PM »
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.

Come on Bob. I've been reading your posts forever and you're clearly a smart guy. If let's say Amazon buys data from av Jumpshot they get info on what a certain Avast ID did on their page at a certain time. For example clicked on an advert for a new iPhone. By cross-reference Amazon can easily see what Avast ID belongs to what IP or even customer that clicked on that advert at the exact same time. That anonymous Avast ID is worthless.

IMHO at the moment this is just a convincing concept, not a proof

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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #42 on: February 01, 2020, 05:23:46 PM »
I'm still waiting for some proof that I can actually be identified in the information that was collected.

Come on Bob. I've been reading your posts forever and you're clearly a smart guy. If let's say Amazon buys data from av Jumpshot they get info on what a certain Avast ID did on their page at a certain time. For example clicked on an advert for a new iPhone. By cross-reference Amazon can easily see what Avast ID belongs to what IP or even customer that clicked on that advert at the exact same time. That anonymous Avast ID is worthless.
@Mike,
That still isn't the kind of proof I'm waiting for.
You're assuming that I have no problem with the data sharing revelation and that's totally incorrect.
I'm pissed that it was going on and wish it had voluntarily been stopped prior to someone else finding out that it was happening.
Non of that changes the fact that from a security standpoint, Avast is still an excellent AV product.

You where asking for proof that users are identifiable by the sold information, and they are. I'm also sceptical if a good product is enough to outweigh when the company behind it had shown such lack of judgement.
Their habits and internet activity is identified not the individual. And I totally agree that even totally unidentifiable, that information without user consent, should never be shared.
I'm also smart enough to know that most of us really have no privacy on the internet.
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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #43 on: February 01, 2020, 05:38:46 PM »
I'm still a bit confused? So they found out that the information sold by Jumpshot (Avast) revealed that they visited a porn site.
I'm sure that there are many that fit that category. It didn't identify the individual. It simply reported someone visited a certain porn site.
What's the big deal? What am I missing.  :o
There's ways the data can actually be analyzed and linked back to a person's real identity, potentially revealing every website the user visited, including the search terms made and other info.

You might want to read by an author that has nothing to do with Avast.
https://sparktoro.com/blog/avasts-shutdown-of-jumpshot-will-harm-the-web-and-the-world/
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Re: Recent news about Avast selling our data
« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2020, 07:28:24 PM »
We should also be notified if our data was shared and have a right to have that data deleted. (If that were even possible.)
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