Mozilla has recently removed four browser extensions from its add-ons listing for the Firefox browser. Mozilla removed these AVG and Avast browser extensions following claims of users being spied on.
The software developer and the creator of the Adblock Plus extension, Wladimir Palant, discovered how some Avast and AVG add-ons snooped on users’ activities. He shared a detailed post about such behavior exhibited by two of these add-ons.
Palant found two additional extensions exhibiting similar behavior. As revealed in his recent blog post,
This behavior clearly violated the privacy policies of Mozilla and Google. Therefore, the researcher brought the matter to the respective firms’ attention.
Specifically, these four guilty add-ons include Avast Online Security, Avast SafePrice, AVG Online Security, and AVG SafePrice extensions.