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Amazon suspiciously says browser extension Honey is a security risk, now that PayPal Hold it

The security warning was first spotted by Politico editor Ryan Hutchins. Honey has been compatible with Amazon for years. Why was the retailer branding it as malware at the height of holiday shopping season?.

Honey scours the web for coupon codes and automatically applies them to shoppers’ orders. It also tracks prices for individual items which is especially helpful for sites like Amazon, where prices are constantly fluctuating.

Paypal bought honey in November for $ 4 billion. That’s one extensive piece of malware. Honey gives you coupon codes and other ways to save.

Honey tracks your private shopping behavior, collects data like your order history and items saved, and can read or change any of your data on any website you visit. To keep your data private and secure, uninstall this extension immediately.

Honey does n’t sell personal information, nor does it track search engine history, emails, or browsing data on any non-retail site.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment further on why it deemed honey a security risk and the timing behind its decision to do so. Honey’s browser extensions collect personal data without their knowledge or consent.

A cybersecurity firm did find a vulnerability that exposed user information in the extension last summer, but it was patched quickly. Honey says it works with security firms to regularly assess the service.

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