Reports of Avast Antivirus Software Selling Data Signals Users To Move To Privacy Browser Brave
Avast, an antivirus software utilized by millions of individuals across the world has been selling very sensitive and personal web browsing data to various global firms, a fresh investigation conducted by PCMag and Motherboard indicate, Decrypt reports.
The investigators relied on documents from Jumpshot, a subsidiary of Avast. The antivirus software used in different personal computers and other gadgets, collects data which is passed on to Jumpshot for repackaging into different products which can be sold to various clients. Google, Microsoft, Home Depot, McKinsey, Yelp, Pepsi and Conde Nast are some of the largest clients of Avast.
The client companies parted with millions of dollars for different types of products that comprise of ‘all clicks feed’ that basically spies on the user behavior, their clicks as well as movement from one website to the other.
Avast says it has over 400 million users who are active every month while Jumpshot has data from over 100 million devices per month. Although Avast says it collects data from willing users, which is then passed on to Jumpshot, majority of the users indicated that they were not privy to Avast selling their browsing data or history to other firms.
Brave as the Solution
Following the revelation, Avast users expressed their fury with different twitter users calling the antivirus a malware while others calling on the immediate removal of the program. Online privacy intrusion is not a new phenomenon as just a few years ago the Cambridge Analytica scandal dominated the headlines. However, there is a solution.
Brave, a crypto-friendly browser helps in protecting the user’s data and does not collect any browsing data. The program also blocks data harvesters or ad trackers meaning that you will not receive unnecessary ads while browsing. The program also allows users to remain anonymous online using Tor by hiding your location.
Recently, Brave was awarded the ‘Privacy-Focused Product of the Year’ during the Golden Kitty Awards for its effort to ensure that a user’s browsing data remains private and anonymous.