Forum: 26 Sept 15 – AVG says it can sell your data if you use their free version

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  • #3900
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    Free vs. pay seems to be the topic lately. And companies are getting tired of free(loaders).

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with this. Any company has the right to make money off of their products, and they provide plenty of ways around it. Or I can move on.

    Honestly, good for them. Hope they make a zillion dollars.

    #3901

    mycque
    Participant

    As long as you can opt-out, its their company. Personally, I’ve been paying for mine since my first computer.

    #3902

    HotDawg
    Participant

    Well, why not? Take a look at Microsoft and Windows 10 — if they can do it, why not AVG?

    Actually, I use Avast — however I suspect the same goes on with them, and many other free (and paid for) programs for Windows.

    Consider Linux, almost all programs are free, and the authors don’t expect you to turn over your body and soul if you use their product.

    #3904

    ScreenScream
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure that when I was a kid, “skinflint” was used in place of the word “penis.”

    So I was sure to check that answer in the poll.

    Last week a heated angry topic, this week obscenity and vulgarity…

    Soundbytes is getting more fun by the day.

    Can’t wait till next week.

    ;p

    #3905

    RChandra
    Participant

    It’s the yin and the yang. If the product is free to you, you’re the product being sold to someone else, even if anonymously. Google for example provides a great amount of value for not charging any money, and we know going in it’s our usage/activity which gets sold to their clients, more-or-less anonymized (although not perfectly anonymized, because it’s possible for Google’s clients to apply some analysis to figure out my usage data). So on the surface of it, I don’t like AVG selling information about me, but if it’s anonymized, I care less, but it would provide something valuable so I would put up with it.

    As it is though, I only run Windows for one specific purpose periodically (updating my TomTom), and my “antivirus” is Linux. (Yes, I realize it’s not immune, but it’s pretty darn good.)

    #3907

    HotDawg
    Participant

    In looking up the definition of skinflint, I couldn’t find any reference to anything obscene or vulgar. Only definitions that I think were exactly what the meaning were meant to convey.

    #3909
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
    Keymaster

    I belive ScreenScream is thinking of “skin flute,” which is something else entirely.

    #3910

    RChandra
    Participant

    I forgot to write, I chose “I’m a skinflint, so I’ll find something else” because my “something else” is Linux. I don’t think I’m a skinflint, but, uhhh…. 🙂

    #3911

    Racerbob
    Participant

    I use free AVG, but haven’t provided them with any information at all. So are they looking through my computer to find information on me ?

    On another note, why sure, my wife will be very pleased that I can now find the Sweet Asian Woman that I am meant to be with. (Ads to the right) 🙂 So happy that I can now see these important ads !

    #3924
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
    Keymaster

    Pretty sure when you pay for it, though, the ads go away. So you get the choice, which is nice.

    #3928

    Racerbob
    Participant

    No Nick, I was talking about the ads on this website. 🙂

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