Avira Scout: The Browser Providing Free Access to Greater Online Security and Privacy

TETTNANG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Avira
Scout
has been launched for the public, combining Avira’s security
expertise with the Chromium code to give users a free browser that
slashes the risks from malware, malvertising, and obtrusive trackers.
Scout provides multiple layers of security and privacy without
interrupting the user experience.

“We’ve integrated together a selection of best-in-class security and
privacy features, stripped out the Chromium always-on tracking elements,
and created a safer and more private online user experience,” said
Daniel Popa, Avira Product Manager for the Scout Browser.

Leave no trace

Browsers are the first line of defense against online threats and
trackers. Every day, they encounter hundreds of evasive ads, trackers,
and social media widgets. These widgets, such as the “like” buttons on
Facebook, report back if the link has been seen by the user even if the
button has never been clicked on.

Since its launch in early access, Scout detected and blocked a total of
3.5 Million trackers per day for over 1.5 Million users. “Trackers
cumulatively build a portrait of your online life which can be sold and
resold to whomever,” explained Kirill Krechetnikov, Manager Browser
Extension Development at Avira. “With Scout, people are empowered to
control what trackers can learn about them.”

Scout in a nutshell

1. Security

Wherever you go – Scout prevents users from going to a blacklist
of malicious, phishing, and tracking sites.

Checks your connection – Scout incorporates HTTPs Everywhere, a
technology developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to ensure
that people use a secured, encrypted connection whenever possible.

Always in step with updates – A new version of Scout will be
released with every Chrome version – closing security vulnerabilities as
they appear.

2. Privacy

Blocks trackers twiceScout
combines Privacy Badger from Electronic Frontier Foundation with Avira
Browser Safety (ABS) to identify and block trackers.

Redlines social media trackers – Tracking elements in Facebook
and Twitter are blocked and circled with red, giving users the choice to
turn them on or off.

Lets you decide – Features and settings can be easily adjusted. A
radio-style button on the toolbar provides two pre-planned modes for
easy use:

  • Safe Surfing Mode – Enhanced privacy and
    safe browsing without requiring user input or changing their
    experience.
  • Safe and Private Mode – provides a higher
    level of security and privacy with easy-to-use Scout pop-up boxes

Starts up fast – Personal data including history, bookmarks,
cookies, and autofill forms can be easily imported from other browsers
to Scout.

Find a Scout near you

At Avira, we believe security is a right, not a privilege. With Scout,
Avira is demonstrating its commitment to enhanced user privacy at
absolutely no cost.

Scout is available for free at Avira.com
and major download sites. It is designed for the demands of Windows
operating systems from 7 onwards. It is available in German, English,
French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Russian.

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to
manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella
covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows,
Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective
technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions
consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and
usability. Avira is a family-owned company that employs 500 people. Its
headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the
company has additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and
Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira’s sales support the Auerbach
Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For
more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.

Contacts

Rocket Science, for Avira
Rich Mullikin, APR, +1 925-3540-7444
(Mobile)
rich@rocketscience.com