Old 8th January 2016, 14:30   #1
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Turn off adblock so we can infect you.

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/08/y...-that-malware/

Yeah, nothing new. But still something most articles on the subject strangely fail to mention.
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Old 8th January 2016, 19:28   #2
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Don't fuck with my computer..... I use it for work.

And I hate commercials with my youtube videos too.

If I want to watch commercials...... I'll turn the TV on.

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Old 20th January 2016, 23:06   #3
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Adblock Plus blocked from attending online ad industry’s big annual conference

Adblock Plus, an adblocker with some 400 million downloads and counting, has been blocked from attending the Interactive Advertising Bureau's big annual conference. The IAB is the online advertising industry's main business organisation, and the conference is where all of the top dogs go to talk about the state of the industry.

According to a post on the Adblock Plus blog, the company had bought a ticket for the IAB conference, which takes place in Palm Desert, California at the end of January. The ticket was not cheap: they start at about £1,750 for members, scaling up to £2,600 for non-members.

Then, last week, Adblock Plus received an e-mail from the IAB stating: "We are returning your registration fee and cancelling your registration for the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting." That was the entire content of the communication; according to Adblock Plus, there was no reason given for the cancellation.

Adblock Plus employee Mark Addison e-mailed the IAB and asked if "there must be some confusion" as he hadn't asked for a cancellation or refund. All he got was another inscrutable email from the IAB, confirming that his ticket had indeed been cancelled, but offering up no reason for the cancellation.

In all likelihood, Adblock Plus was uninvited from the IAB event because they are, er, not exactly the best of friends. The IAB represents the companies that make money from online advertising, while Adblock Plus primarily exists to block online advertising.


http://arstechnica.co.uk/business/20...al-conference/
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Old 21st January 2016, 00:58   #4
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It was Winamp forums that taught me about adblock plus. I've been using it ever since learning about it. I block ads. All of them, not just the default that they recommend. Perhaps that's not fair, but for some reason, I'm just not feeling any guilt about it.

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Old 21st January 2016, 02:17   #5
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I'm trying to remember which [famous?] person said that people in sales and marketing contributed nothing to society and were a waste of space. Probably a comedian. I remember being amused, anyway.

Fuck ads.

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Old 21st January 2016, 10:23   #6
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I installed adblock plus years ago after a particularly bad malware attack from a website with adverts on it... Learnt the hard way.

If I want to buy something i'll search for it i don't need adverts rammed down my throat.

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Old 21st January 2016, 10:25   #7
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I'm not a huge fan of ads, but. . .

The Internet as a whole has the attitude, of "we're not paying for content". Not a lot of options left aside from ads at that point.

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Old 21st January 2016, 11:34   #8
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That's quite true, but I am usually willing to pay out-of-pocket for what I feel is really worth it. Most of my online activities involve something that is paid for by something separate from advertising. For example, my email is an Office 365 account (paid). My work online programs and database are non-ad supported. My banking/credit union/credit card/other financial matters websites are all supported by interest/dividends. My consumer research is at least partially supported by donations and paid subscriptions (such as Consumer Reports). My media is more often paid subscription than not. I'm not a social media user other than these forums (I realize that makes me unusual, but the truth nonetheless), and I would pay a bit if it were necessary to keep the forums going. Other digital communication involves a phone/voicemail; I don't even text more than once or twice a month. My online shopping and the occasional review reading on their sites are paid for by purchases. Aside from that, technology use for me is mostly offline or non-existant, in-real-life activities.

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Old 21st January 2016, 15:07   #9
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I'm not a huge fan of ads, but. . .

The Internet as a whole has the attitude, of "we're not paying for content". Not a lot of options left aside from ads at that point.
And website operators have an attitude of constantly whining about it instead of trying to make sure the ads they're serving at least aren't a huge security risk.

Of course they'll say they can't do anything about that, well then don't expect others to support your flawed business model.

The reason nobody wants to pay for content is simply that there's more than enough free content available*. People are just trying to avoid unnecessary expenses like they're told to. Funny how austerity is suddenly a bad thing when it comes back around to bite you.

Maybe if all the sites that claim to depend on invasive ads actually did shut down, people would start paying to support what's left. But only if it actually serves valuable content instead of automatically generated clickbait.

*Which media companies are only too happy to exploit themselves, along with free labor in the form of interns. But that's just the stingy consumers' fault too, nothing to do with maximizing profit or anything...

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Old 21st January 2016, 20:05   #10
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I'm not a huge fan of ads, but. . .

The Internet as a whole has the attitude, of "we're not paying for content". Not a lot of options left aside from ads at that point.
"I want to run a website and I want you to pay for it"

eerm, no.

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Old 19th February 2016, 19:03   #11
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Have you seen Forbes lately? They're requiring all their visitors to turn off adblock to read articles. However, that's no big deal. The big deal is that they have DOZENS of ads per page that adblock is stopping.
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CBS forces users to disable adblock to view videos. I just close the window and watch some other content provider's vids.

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It seems certain websites & companies are trying to fight people who use Ad-blocking software

Screw them it's not like i read GQ anyway.



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Old 20th February 2016, 23:55   #14
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They should be more concerned about click fraud.
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Old 21st February 2016, 23:24   #15
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Do current antivirus and anti-malware programs prevent the use of one's computer from becoming a click-fraud client?

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Old 22nd February 2016, 23:16   #16
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To the same degree that they prevent any other kind of infection (that is, not terribly well).
Anyone running a lucrative botnet business is usually able to update his trojans fast enough to stay ahead of antivirus companies.
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Old 27th February 2016, 18:12   #17
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http://www.welivesecurity.com/2016/0...play-analysis/
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Old 16th March 2016, 15:08   #18
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Here we go again.
So much for "if you avoid shady sites you'll be safe".
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Old 16th March 2016, 16:41   #19
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I'd still recommend staying away from shady sites though.
And I wonder if it only affects windows machines or also osx or *nix systems. (would be 'nice' to have such a thing for Android )

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Old 16th March 2016, 17:18   #20
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In this case it seems to be windows only. But the first osx ransomware also showed up recently so I wouldn't bet on it being safe.
As for android, as long as it's so easy to distribute malware via fake apps there's probably no need to bother with alternative methods.
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I'm just thinking that, with so many apps having built-in ads, the reach of a virus inside a legal app would be so much greater than through fake apps which, frankly, can (usually) be spotted easily

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Do they use a standard method to display ads? Otherwise you'd have to exploit specific vulnerabilities which would limit the scope.
(Quick google shows there are several plugins for app developers, though they still may use the same system libraries.)
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I've noticed Forbes getting linked around a lot less after this fiasco. Serves 'em right.
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I'm trying to remember which [famous?] person said that people in sales and marketing contributed nothing to society and were a waste of space. Probably a comedian. I remember being amused, anyway.

Fuck ads.
Bill Hicks!

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Thanks for finding that for me.

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Adblock Plus finds the end-game of its business model: Selling ads

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You know, advertisers could see this as a hint that if they made their ads just a little bit less obnoxious, a lot of people would stop using adblockers altogether (despite the security issues)...

But it's always easier to carry on as usual and blame others if it doesn't work out.
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There is 1 simple answer that people ignore and would end the fiasco.
Make all sites liable for all content, just the same as if it was a copyright issue.
The claim of "we don't know what adverts you see, so are not responsible" is just not good enough.

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That would clash with the #1 rule for survival in the corporate world though:
Defer responsibility whenever possible.
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I'd like to see an option for the amount of ads. If ads are valuta, I want to be able to negotiate a price. I'll usually not mind paying for my stay of a server, I don't want to be the buyer of the site owners third Lamborghini.

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What about coke and hookers?
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There are alternative blockers and "avoiders" and generally they do not
conflict with each other, so you can mix and match.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
https://disconnect.me - https://disconnect.me/mobile/disconnect-malvertising
https://www.ghostery.com (allows responsible ads)
https://www.mozilla.org/lightbeam/
https://decentraleyes.org
https://adaway.org (Android)

Notable extras
http://www.fbpurity.com
http://far.whochan.com/wlog.cgi/ContentBlockHelper
http://moisesplima.blogspot.com.br/redirect-bypasser
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...betterprivacy/

Very easy to use HOSTS manager. HOST files can be copied to any other OS or device you have admin/root access to.
http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman
(includes "MVPS Hosts" and "hpHosts" lists, and more can be used or added)

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