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AVG Responds to Claims That Their Security App is Spyware

September 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

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 “proof of concepts” 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 –as we have with Android — and we are committed to continuing to develop this security product to reflect the constantly changing threat landscape.

When we develop security software, your privacy is our most important policy. Our data privacy policy is what we live up to, it is public and it is serious. Our privacy policy for Windows Phone 7 is available at http://www.droidsecurity.com/privacywin.html.

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.

App Info:
Free Security Suite from AVG
Mobilation – security software for Windows Phone™.Keep your device safe with just one click.

Safe Web Surfing
Stay safe from phishing and malware while surfing the web

Safe Search
Allowing you search the web avoiding malicious web sites

Source: AVG


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  • http://twitter.com/keverett55 Kevin Everett

    That’s a shame because I like AVG for my computer a lot

  • Brandon

    If avg is claiming they scan your video files they are flat out lying. There is NO access to videos recorded by user camera via the OS’ API, period. Only OEM/Carrier apps have access to them, if anybody, as near as I’ve been able to gather anyway.

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