Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:54

AVG adds active Do Not Track to consumer security products

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A new service pack for AVG's consumer security products adds and active Do Not Track feature, along with warnings when connecting to Wi-Fi access points for the first time.

AVG has added an active Do Not Track feature to AVG Internet Security 2012, AVG Anti-Virus 2012, and AVG Anti-Virus Free. Rather than relying on the voluntary and passive Do Not Track introduced by the World Wide Web Consortium, AVG's active Do Not Track mechanism informs users of attempts to track their use of web sites and allows them to block such attempts.

THe new feature is enabled by default.

Michael McKinnon, security advisor at AVG (AU/NZ), said: "This new feature is all about putting control of online privacy in the consumer's hands. AVG helps provide Internet users with peace of mind - and today, making users aware of issues with online privacy is a logical extension of its community-centric platform.

"We believe all Internet users are entitled to know how their online data is collected and used - and they should have possible solutions available. AVG Technologies continues to work on innovative technologies focused at supporting Internet users to protect and stay in control of their own online privacy," he added.

The service pack also delivers Wi-Fi Guard, which generates a pop-up alert when the computer attempts to connect to a never-before-used public WiFi access point. This is to help guard against rogue access points set up in locations where genuine Wi-Fi services are offered (eg cafes and hotels), with the aim of eavesdropping on traffic.

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