Avast AntiTrack - Getting Started

Avast AntiTrack is a privacy application designed to keep your identity safe from the latest online tracking techniques.

This article assumes that Avast AntiTrack is already installed and activated on your device. For instructions, refer to the following articles:

Open Avast AntiTrack

Open Avast AntiTrack using one of the following methods:

  • Double-click the Avast AntiTrack Premium icon on your Windows desktop.
  • Double-click the Avast AntiTrack icon in the notification area of the taskbar.
  • Click the Avast AntiTrack icon in the Apple menu bar and select Show Avast AntiTrack.
  • Click GoApplications in the Apple menu bar, then double-click the Avast AntiTrack icon.

Review the dashboard

The Dashboard screen displays the following information:

  1. Digital Fingerprint Protection: Your current browser protection status. If your status shows as Disabled, we recommend enabling the Avast AntiTrack browser extension in at least one installed browser.
  2. Privacy Score: Your current privacy score, which you can improve by enabling more features in Avast AntiTrack.
  3. Browsing Data: The date your browser data was last cleared, including the number of items cleared during that session.
  4. Total Cookies: The total number of cookies Avast AntiTrack has cleared since activation.
  5. Latest Tracking Activity: The most recent tracking attempts detected by Avast AntiTrack. Click the arrows to change your view, or click View Full Report to see all tracking attempts.
  6. Top Tracking Websites: The top 5 websites that have most frequently attempted to track you.
  7. Total Tracking Attempts Blocked: The total number of tracking attempts blocked by Avast AntiTrack since activation.

Check your privacy score

When you open Avast AntiTrack, the application dashboard displays your privacy score, which is an indication of how effectively the application is configured to protect your privacy.

On the main screen of your device, tap the Avast AntiTrack icon to open the application.

The app displays the Privacy status screen. You may see one of the statuses below:

  • Secured from trackers: Privacy protection is enabled.
  • Protection paused: Privacy protection is currently disabled because you are connected to another VPN service. Disconnect from your VPN to restart privacy protection.
  • You can be tracked online: Privacy protection is currently disabled. To enable browser tracking protection, go to Settings (the gear icon) and tap the gray (OFF) slider next to Secure your privacy so that it changes to green (ON).

The following information is also available via the Privacy status screen:

  • Blocked tracking attempts: The total number of tracking attempts Avast AntiTrack has blocked.
  • Fingerprint changed: The date and time that Avast AntiTrack last changed your digital fingerprint, and the number of trackers that have been blocked since the last fingerprint change.

To improve your privacy score, review the five component tiles on the application dashboard. The tile color reflects the component status:

  • Red tiles: Components that are not fully enabled and are preventing Avast AntiTrack from protecting your privacy.
  • Yellow tiles: Components that you can configure to further improve your privacy.
  • Green tiles: Components that are already enabled and configured effectively to protect your privacy.

To improve your privacy score, select ReportsPrivacy Score.

View the status of each component:

  • Red statuses: Issues that are preventing Avast AntiTrack from protecting your online privacy.
  • Green statuses: Components that are enabled or configured effectively to protect your online privacy.

Your privacy score is highest when all the components are enabled and your whitelist is empty.

Protect your browsers

The Browser protection tile allows you to enable or disable the Avast AntiTrack browser extension. This tile may be red or yellow if the browser extension is disabled on multiple browsers.

The Browsers screen allows you to enable or disable the Avast AntiTrack browser extension:

To enable or disable browser protection for an individual browser:

  1. Select the Browser protection tile.
  2. Select Browsers in the left panel.
  3. Click the slider next to your chosen browser:
    • Enable a browser extension: Click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
    • Disable a browser extension: Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF).
If you need to install the Avast AntiTrack extension for your browser, refer to the following article:

You can enable or disable privacy protection for each of the browsers on your device:

  1. Select Browsers in the bottom panel.
  2. Tap the slider next to your chosen browser:
    • Enable: Click the white (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
    • Disable: Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
The first time you enable privacy protection for a browser, you are prompted to allow permissions for Avast AntiTrack to access your browser.

Clear cookies and browser data

The Browser cleanup tile on the Avast AntiTrack dashboard allows you to schedule automatic cookie clearing on your browsers, and instantly clear stored browser data.

The My Tracks screen allows you to schedule automatic cookie clearing on your browsers, and instantly clear stored browser data.

Schedule cookie clearing

Cookies are files that websites, trackers, and third parties leave on your browser that allow them to view your online activity.

To schedule regular cookie clearing for each of your browsers:

  1. Select the Browser cleanup tile.
  2. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  3. Click the Scheduled cookie clearing drop-down menu next to your chosen browser and select how regularly cookies are cleared.
  4. Click the drop-down menu next to a browser to select how regularly cookies are cleared.
To clear cookies from a browser, the browser needs to be closed. If the relevant browser is open when cookie clearing is scheduled, you see a notification advising you to close the browser.
Safari requires full disk access before you can set a cookie clearing schedule. Click Allow disk access then follow the on-screen instructions to allow Avast AntiTrack to clear cookies from Safari.

Cookies are now automatically cleared from the selected browser according to the schedule you defined. You can optionally add allowed websitesadd whitelisted websites to prevent cookie clearing on specified websites.

 

Clear browser data

Browsing data is information that is often stored in your browser when you visit websites.

To clear browser data from your browsers:

  1. Click See data next to your chosen browser. Alternatively, click Clear all browser data to clear data from all installed browsers.
  2. Tick the boxes next to the types of data you want to remove, then click Clear selected.
  3. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  4. Click Choose data to clear next to your chosen browser.
  5. Tick the boxes next to the types of data you want to remove, or tick the box next to Enable All to remove all types of browser data.
  6. Click Clear selected data.

The selected browser data is now cleared.

Add allowed websites

Add whitelisted websites

The Allowed websites screen allows you to stop the application from clearing cookies on certain websites.

The Cookie Whitelist allows you to stop Avast AntiTrack from clearing cookies on certain websites.

To add whitelisted websites:

  1. Select the Allowed websites tile.
  2. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  3. Click Open whitelist.
  4. Either tick websites from the Choose from popular options drop-down menu, ...or enter a website (for example, example.com) into the left text box, and click Add.

The selected website is now excluded from cookie clearing and appears on your allowed websites list. To remove a website from the list, click the trash icon next to the website.

The selected website is now excluded from cookie clearing and appears on your cookie whitelist. To remove a website from your whitelist, click the trash icon next to the website.

Monitor tracking attempts

Via the Reports screen, Avast AntiTrack allows you to see exactly when tracking attempts are blocked and which websites are attempting to track you.

To open the reports screen:

  1. Select the Anti-tracking tile.
  2. Click See full reports.

For each blocked tracking attempt you can view the following:

  1. Trackers blocked: Graphs showing fluctuation in tracking attempts over time. Hover your cursor over the red points on the graph to see the number of tracking attempts.
  2. Top tracking attempts: The websites that have attempted to track you most frequently since you activated Avast AntiTrack.
  3. Recent activity: A list showing the most recent tracking attempts, including the name of the website that tried to track you and the time and day of the tracking attempt. Tracking attempts that Avast successfully blocked are green. Tracking attempts that Avast detected but did not block are yellow. To ensure Avast can successfully block tracking attempts, install and enable the Avast AntiTrack browser extension on each browser you use.
  4. Fingerprint randomization: The most recent changes to your digital fingerprint.

Via the Reports screen, Avast AntiTrack allows you to see exactly when tracking attempts are blocked and which websites are attempting to track you.

To open the reports screen:

  1. Select Reports in the left panel.
  2. Select the relevant tab to view the details below:
    • Tracking History: Information about each blocked tracking attempt.
    • Fingerprint Changes: The most recent changes to your digital fingerprint.
    • Privacy Score: An overview of how effectively Avast AntiTrack components are configured to protect your privacy.

To clear all your tracking activity data, click Clear tracking activity history.

 

Via the Reports screen, you can view information about blocked tracking attempts and your fingerprint changes. Tap the Reports tab in the bottom panel and select either Trackers or Fingerprints.

Trackers

Scroll to view the following information:

  • Tracking attempts: A visual representation of blocked tracking attempts according to their assessed threat level:
    • Pink: High threat
    • Yellow: Medium threat
    • Purple: Low threat
  • Top 5 tracking websites: The websites that have attempted to track you most frequently, and the number of times they have attempted to track you.
  • Blocked Tracking Attempts: A list of all blocked tracking attempts. The color of the icon next to each tracking attempt indicates the threat level. Tap a tracking attempt to view more details.
 

Fingerprints

Scroll to view the following information:

  • A graph displaying the last 12 fingerprint changes and the number of tracking attempts that were blocked for each fingerprint.
  • Additional data relating to the two most recent fingerprint changes.

Optimize your system privacy

Your Windows operating system has many privacy related settings that Avast AntiTrack can optimize and monitor for increased privacy. If you are using Avast AntiTrack for the first time, enable System privacy to start protecting your system data:

  1. Select the System privacy tile.
  2. Your Windows privacy settings are separated into three categories. You can enable a category by clicking the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON). When you enable a category, you optimize all of the related Windows privacy settings. The following categories are available:
    • Keep my computer activities private: Stop Windows from collecting data about how you use your PC.
    • Protect specific files and data: Stop Windows, other applications, and third parties from collecting data about your photos, music, and other media files stored on your PC.
    • Improve my computer's login security: Stop hackers from being able to access data stored in your computer accounts.

Your system privacy settings are now updated. Avast AntiTrack actively monitors your system privacy settings and notifies you if any settings are changed without your permission.

For more information about the Windows privacy settings that Avast AntiTrack can optimize and monitor, refer to the following article:

Modify settings

Tap Settings (the gear icon) in the bottom panel to modify your Avast AntiTrack settings.

The following options are available:

  • Secure your privacy: When Avast AntiTrack protection is enabled, the slider is green (ON). To disable Avast AntiTrack protection, tap the slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
  • Notifications for tracking attempts (enabled by default): Manage the notifications you receive from Avast AntiTrack.
  • Subscription: View information relating to your Avast AntiTrack subscription. This includes the subscription type and the end of the current subscription period.
    Avast products are sold as continuous subscriptions. This means that your subscription renews at the end of each subscription period unless you manually cancel it before the next billing date. For more information, refer to the following article:
  • Support: Send a message to Avast Support or to visit the Avast support website.
  • Data reset: Tap Reset my tracking attempts if you want to delete all the tracking attempt data from Avast AntiTrack.
  • End User License Agreement: View the Avast End User License Agreement.
  • Privacy policy: View the Avast Privacy Policy.
  • Personal Privacy (enabled by default): To stop sharing your usage data with third parties for analytics purposes, tap the green (ON) slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
  • Version: Verify your app version number.
  • Avast AntiTrack Premium 2.x for Windows
  • Avast AntiTrack 1.x for Mac
  • Avast AntiTrack 1.x for Android
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
     
  • Apple macOS 11.x (Big Sur)
  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina)
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
     
  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) - Android 10 (API 29)

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