Recently, two famous browsers seized Online Security Extensions; AVG and Avast Browser Extension from their Web Stores after a research which concluded that they grab a lot of data regarding the browsing histories of the users.
Opera, Mozilla and Google has also deleted AVG and Avast Browser Extention
Opera and Mozilla also
pulled out these extensions from the stores as an action on this update.
Although, the Google store of extensions, is still holding them up as noted
According to Palant, the
extensions went far from the only basic reason of their design. He noted that
they were gathering a shocking amount of information from user’s browsing data
from dev tools to check the network traffic. Not only URLs, but also their
navigation, utilized browser version, pages visited in past, concerned
country’s code as well as their device’s OS version.
The company did specified
didn’t mentioned the duration of them being stored in the version. On inquiring
from the spokesperson of Avast on the prevailing issue, he remained silent.
Whereas, Mozilla’s stated, “On the basis of the Google and Mozilla’s contract
signed by the extension developers, spying is clearly mentioned as violating
Opera didn’t share an
immediate response but, they stated Palant that their store has removed these
The spokesperson of Avast
commented to Gizmodo that they are working collectively with Mozilla to solve
this problem. Additionally, he emailed that it is important for them to
assemble the history of URLs in order to deliver the expectations for the
process. Yet, it doesn’t clear the few facts, for instance, the data of
Delete these browser extensions if you have downloaded them
The thing which is
obvious is that despite of controversies or prevention from spyware, such
protections often get unsuccessful. Eventually, individual users should now
take responsibility and stay alert in order to protect their data.