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        Bluetrix
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        Avast, which owns Piriform, developer of Apps such as CCleaner, Recuva, Speccy, and Defraggler and is currently the worlds largest security software vendor, announced it will stop it’s Jumpshot data collection.

        In a newsletter Motherboard (Vice.com) shares this tid~bit.

        [Motherboard and PCmag] investigation found that Avast, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, made millions of dollars following its users around the internet. Jumpshot told its clients, which include Microsoft, Google, McKinsey, Pepsi, Home Depot, Yelp, and many others that it could track “every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.”

        PCmag, which had given high marks to Avast, now adds this caveat to their review:

        Editors’ Note (1/27/2020): We recently reported on a problem with sharing of user data between Avast and its subsidiary Jumpshot. As of this writing, Avast has eliminated sending detailed information from its browser extensions to Jumpshot, but the online security component still necessarily sends each URL you visit to Avast for analysis. If you don’t opt out of sharing, that URL history still goes to Jumpshot, and can still be used to match your supposedly anonymous data with your real personal profile. That being the case, we can no longer recommend Avast Free Antivirus as an Editors’ Choice in the category of free antivirus protection. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free remains an Editors’ Choice in that category.

        caveat emptor (even if it’s free)

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