Thursday, 6 October 2016

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Only the free version of Spotify comes with adverts
Spotify users have been warned to up their security protection after an investigation found that the music streaming service could be putting their devices at risk.
A user report on the company's online forum found that running Spotify Free on your desktop could open up your browser to potentially damaging malware.
Spotify users found that running the free version of Spotify, which plays an advert every few songs, would open up a range malicious websites on their default browser without asking for permission.
Only the free version of Spotify comes with adverts
Several major browsers appear to be affected by the flaw, including Chrome, Safari and Ubuntu, users complained online, suggesting that the issue is to do with the adverts rather than Spotify itself.
There's no suggestion at the moment that any of the paid-for versions of Spotify are affected, with users of the £15 a month Spotify Premium blocked from seeing adverts when using the service.
A Spotify spokesperson told, "A small number of users have experienced a problem with questionable website pop ups in their default browsers as a result of an isolated issue with an ad on our free tier."
"We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down. We will continue to monitor the situation."
The news comes shortly after Spotify was blasted after it recently started to sell data on its users for targeted advertising.
Since August, everything from your age and gender, to the tracks and music genres you enjoy on your way to work has been made available to a swathe of third-party companies.
Advertisers will have access to information on the 70 million people that currently use Spotify's ad-supported streaming service.
Advertisers can monitor your song picks, gender and age demographic and use these information points to provide more accurate matches for the products they want to sell you.
The resulting 15 and 30 second audio adverts will be nothing new to those on Spotify's free tier but they might now be more relevant to your interests and tastes.
Spotify dubbed the new addition to its service 'programmatic buying'.
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