AVG Responds to Claims That Their Security App is SpywareSeptember 9, 2011 2 Comments
So if you haven’t been keeping track of this whole AVG Security Suite “Spyware” drama lets get you back to speed
- AVG Security Suite Lands on Windows Phone
- AVG Security Actually Spware?
- AVG Security Suite Pulled from Marketplace
Now AVG has publicly acknowledged the situation and has a few things to clear up. First of all they understand that Windows Phone really doesn’t contain any malware now but…
“AVG believes that the Windows Phone 7 OS will continue to increase in popularity and, as it does, it will become a high value target for thieves and hackers.”
AVG continued on the defensive and added
“Our file scanning engine scans media files, mp3s, video and play lists and checks against a blacklist of bad files. This is a result of several â€œproof of conceptsâ€ disclosed in public.
Having the security engines implemented in the product, we believe we can respond to security threats targeting the Windows Phone 7 platform to protect our users, whenever such threats arrive â€“as we have with Android â€” and we are committed to continuing to develop this security product to reflect the constantly changing threat landscape.
All of the data we collect is used solely to offer users an exceptional security service with state-of-the-art GPS tracking.”
I can understand scanning for security purposes but II just can’t wrap my head around needing GPS tracking to keep us safe. Even if the AVG app comes back into the marketplace, I for one will not be installing it.
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