- Insider's Take
Antivirus software should protect your machine, but one company’s free products have been labeled spyware. Avast’s subsidiary Jumpshot was caught scraping data from user browser histories such as shopping, video watching and social media posts, and selling it to marketing firms. Avast claims it needs to collect the URLs to protect against viruses, but privacy experts disagree. Even though the aggregated data was stripped of personal details, savvy marketers find ways to reconstruct identities. The practice resulted in a major investigation, detailed in this revealing PCMag article.
About the Author
Michael Kan is a PCMag reporter, covering topics such as cybersecurity, digital devices, privacy, hacking, artificial intelligence and gaming.