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AVG adds user-privacy-awareness features to paid and free software

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AVG has added a 'Do Not Track' feature and protection from unknown WiFi access points to its consumer product line.

Available in its Premium Security 2012, Internet Security 2012, Anti-Virus 2012 and its Anti-Virus free product, the company said the Do Not Track feature was about putting control of online privacy back into the hands of the user.

JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies, said: “At AVG, we help provide internet users with peace of mind and today, making users aware of issues with online privacy is a logical extension of our 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. This feature is available for free because we believe all consumers have the right to take back control of their online privacy.”

The feature informs the user of privacy options and offers them the choice to block tracking directly, or turn it on and off as desired. New customers who purchase AVG's 2012 product and current customers who update AVG's free and paid 2012 consumer security products with the new Service Pack will be automatically protected.

Also added is 'WiFi Guard', which protects the user from unknown WiFi access points. After installing AVG's 2012 Service Pack, a pop-up window automatically warns users if their device attempts to connect to a never-before-used public WiFi access point.

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