Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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My position on ads is simple
by BeamishBoy on Sat 19th Sep 2015 15:40 UTC
BeamishBoy
Member since:
2010-10-27

I can't trust where ads come from due to ad-brokerage networks. And since I can't trust them to a degree acceptable to me, I choose to block all adverts.

I've only ever experienced two instances of malware in my twenty years or so of running Windows. Guess where they came from? Yes, that's right: third-party adverts running on websites that I visit every day.

It sucks that I have to block ads and deny these sites revenue, but I value my security and my time more than anybody else's business. Until that changes, I'll continue blocking every ad I can.

(The plague of "sponsored content" is of course an even more insidious one but that's a whole different post.)

Reply Score: 12

dgoemans Member since:
2008-08-23

Disable flash. This is what i did a few weeks back. Html5 ads cannot contain malware, since by design, Html/Javascript can't access anything on your pc/phone.

Edited 2015-09-19 15:55 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

Disable flash. Html5 ads cannot contain malware, since by design, Html/Javascript can't access anything on your pc/phone.

Except when then can: exploiting browser security issues. tracking cookies. crashing your device from webgl exploits. poking holes through https→http. Writing large content to localStorage. etc.

The only way an advert avoids being malware is not needing to run code on your device.

Reply Parent Score: 8

WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Html/Javascript can't access anything on your pc/phone.


Have you ever Googled for, say, "Javascript vulnerabilities?"

Reply Parent Score: 5

darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Disable flash. This is what i did a few weeks back. Html5 ads cannot contain malware, since by design, Html/Javascript can't access anything on your pc/phone.

Nice in theory, but we all know about browser exploits. Disabling Flash is simply not enough.

Reply Parent Score: 3

bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11