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Popular free anti-virus may sell your browser history to advertisers

Popular free anti-virus may sell your browser history to advertisers
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We're big fans of security software here at Komando.com. Without some kind of protection on your computer, you can expect to pick up a virus in no time after going online. Security is the first thing anyone should install when setting up a computer.

That's why free security software is such a lifesaver; people who would never pay for security can still be protected. Of course, when it comes to technology "free" is a relative term, as one major anti-virus company is now admitting.

"Free" sites and programs make money a lot of ways, from showing ads or collecting information for advertisers to bundling third-party toolbars or charging for extras. Most free security software stays free by offering incentives to upgrade to premium versions, along with revenue from business sales.

However, it looks like that isn't enough to keep some companies going, and so they're turning to advertising. In an effort to be transparent about this, one of the top free security providers has updated its privacy policy, and it's got plenty of people up in arms.

Next page: Who is it and what does the new policy say?
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