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Traffic Analyzer - Trend Micro EULA & data collection!?!?!

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by smasher, Jun 26, 2019.

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  1. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

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    One of the reasons I just bought an AC68U was because I wanted the Traffic Analyzer.

    Apparently enabling this requires "that your information will be collected by Trend Micro through AiProtection, Traffic analyzer, Apps analyzer, Adaptive QoS and web history."

    Disabling data-collection also disables the Traffic Analyzer.

    I'm seriously thinking about returning this router, now. This data-collection is just too intrusive.

    Are there any other routers and/or firmwares that can provide similar traffic analysis functionality without 3rd-party data collection?

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  2. joe scian

    joe scian Senior Member

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    what have you go to hide? They are not interested in you - period
     
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  3. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

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    "If you do not want Trend Micro to collect personal data, you must ensure that you disable the related features." - Privacy Policy for Trend Micro Products and Services (Trend Micro)

    "If you would like to disable sharing your information with Trend Micro through the following functions, please click [Withdraw] below. However, please note that such features/functions may not work if you stop sharing your information with Trend Micro."

    It doesn't say any of that on the front of the box o_O

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  4. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

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    It's just creepy and invasive.
     
  5. Adamm

    Adamm Part of the Furniture

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    This topic has been beaten to death on the forums, a quick search will find pages of discussion. You can't expect an accurate DPI database without Trend Micro collecting data to populate it. Almost every piece of software/OS collects telemetry data of some kind. If you are so opposed to this data being collected, disable the features.
     
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  6. smasher

    smasher Occasional Visitor

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    Does the Traffic Analyzer log traffic from all clients? Or only the top 5 consumers of bandwidth?
     
  7. WuTang LAN

    WuTang LAN Regular Contributor

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    It will analyze all of them.

    Otherwise how will it know which hosts to put in the 'Top 5'?...
     
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  8. WuTang LAN

    WuTang LAN Regular Contributor

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    I assume you musn't use: curtains, blinds, shower curtains or door locks of any kind because, "what have you got to hide?".
     
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  9. joe scian

    joe scian Senior Member

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    you assume wrong and totally dumb analogy
     
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  10. Vexira

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    In that case don't use a smart phone or PC or any devices connected to the internet get rid of any credit cards you have, they all spy on you.
     
  11. AndreiV

    AndreiV Very Senior Member

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    Any device that needs to analyse the traffic/web pages obviously has to know what pages are being visited.

    This is no different than any cloud anti virus or web page protection used in a browser, to know if a site is safe it has to be checked.

    Traffic analysis is the same, if the Trend micro engine can't see the sites how can it do anything for you.

    There is nothing "creepy" about this . All they do is check the page, nothing else is collected , AiProtection checks incoming packets for malicious content , nothing more.

    READ the FAQ :

    https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1008719#
     
  12. SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

    SomeWhereOverTheRainBow Regular Contributor

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    If you knew the correct addresses you could block this by sending it to a null static route.
     
  13. AndreiV

    AndreiV Very Senior Member

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    You could but what a dumb thing to do . If you want the traffic analyser it can't be blocked. If you don't want the data collection you TURN off Trend Micro .
     
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  14. AndreiV

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    No it is not. You turn TM off and withdraw from their agreement, period. Once turned off there is nothing used/collected. You are spreading FUD.
     
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  15. SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

    SomeWhereOverTheRainBow Regular Contributor

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    Hey I simply came to offer up a different suggestion, and not strike comments and criticism from the peanut gallery
     
  16. Adamm

    Adamm Part of the Furniture

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    The problem is spreading misinformation such as "It is still collecting data regardless if trend micro is turned off" which will confuse less tech savvy users. This is clearly not the case unless you have data suggesting otherwise.
     
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  17. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Please stick to facts in this discussion and refrain from personal attacks or the thread will be locked.

    @SomeWhereOverTheRainBow please cite evidence of your assertion that data is being gathered even if Traffic Analyzer is turned off.
     
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