Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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I block ads for security
by sirhalos on Wed 18th Aug 2010 18:48 UTC
sirhalos
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I don't really mind ads (unless they are the in your face mouse over kind) but the main reason I install Ad-Block at home is for the security. For every Warcraft account you have heard of being hacked (Blizzard has said it is around 1/3rd of the player base) the biggest reason is that the people is just looking at a normal site but there was a bad ad on the website. Of course some would say it is the persons fault for not having the latest flash... but still someone could come up with a new hack that flash hasn't fixed yet.

At work we are allowed to look at website (I work for a US government subsidiary btw) and I got a virus from an ad... I wasn't looking at a 'bad site' it just happened to be a fake company was able to purchase an ad through Google adsense and it was bad... You know how slow the government is to do things (including updating computers)... but to me that is the biggest problem with flash at the moment.

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