On the internet, nothing is free. Whether you actually have to hand over money for a service, or if you become the product. And one of the supposed next risks is Honey, the ‘free’ browser add-on for every browser out there and which has been appearing on YouTube adverts for the past year.
According to Wired, shortly before Christmas last year Amazon started showing pop-up warnings to say that the Honey browser add-on is a security risk as it collects order history and that you should “uninstall this extension immediately” – pretty bold claims from Amazon for a company which PayPal acquired last year for a whopping $4 billion.
Wired reached out to Honey and a spokesperson for the company said:
“Our goal is to warn customers about browser extensions that collect personal shopping data without their knowledge or consent.”