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    I've been warning people to avoid Avast anti-virus for quite a while:

    The Safe Mac » Avast installs adware!

    The Safe Mac » Avast’s man in the middle

    Now comes this:

    Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data - VICE

    Folks using Avast might want to consider uninstalling it.
    Randy B. Singer
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    Thanks for that heads up Randy. I'm not running Avast on my Mac but I think it's on a laptop we recently acquired. I was planning to remove it when I have time but this information pushed the timeline up a bit.
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    It's too bad that Avast has so devolved. I can remember using it when I ran Windows for many years and it was always a great way to protect Windows from viruses.

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    If you feel that you need or want an anti-virus program, this one is both free and top notch:

    VirusBarrier Free Edition (free)
    Intego Launches VirusBarrier Scanner — Free Mac Antivirus | The Mac Security Blog
    Intego VirusBarrier Scanner on the Mac App Store
    (This is a full version of Intego's anti-virus program VirusBarrier [usually $40/year] minus some [but not all] of the automated scanning features in the commercial version.)
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    Pretty much every AV has this capability built-in, based on how the software works. All of them intercepts and evaluate connections; recording all of the activities and uploading the log to AV company's server is may or may not have been enabled. Even if it is enabled, most people wouldn't know without constantly monitoring the network connection. Avast did it semi-openly and have been caught, while others may just have a few partners with non-discloser agreement in place and have not been caught as of yet...

    The "intercepts and evaluate connections" is applied to SSL/TLS connections as well. While it has its own security risk doing that, the AV could record all activities in plain text, including UID/PWD. This is why I don't enable AV monitoring SSL/TLS connection and remove the AV installed SSL/TLS certificate.

    In my view, the government is even worse, when it comes to privacy. The case in point is the buycrash.com website, owned by LexisNexis. With the exception of State of Florida, all states in the US file their police reports related to vehicles with BuyCrash. You can download the police report from the site that looks like this:

    vehicle crash report.jpg

    The actual report includes:
    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Phone #
    4. Vehicle make, model, year, body style, VIN#, license plate number
    5. Name of insurance company, etc...


    You'd think this is more private information, than the deindentified browser history, but that's not the case. As the domain name suggest, buycrash.com, sells this data, not just collecting it. That's quite evident by the "Business Account Login" link in the image above. The sad part in this is that you have no way opting out from this at all.

    PS: I did not have any accident, just a stolen license plate from the front of the vehicle. This requires reporting it to the local police department, before requesting a license plate replacement at the MVD. This didn't seem like a big issue, until I've noticed in my EZ-Pass statement online that someone is using the stolen license plate for going through toll bridges. But that's another story...

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