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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RE: My position on ads is simple
by dgoemans on Sat 19th Sep 2015 15:48 UTC in reply to "My position on ads is simple"
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

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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.

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dgoemans Member since:
2008-08-23

sure, but then you should stay off the internet completely. Most browser vendors - and if you value your security, you're not using IE - are constantly patching browser issues. Most of these issues might allow you to be tracked, or crash your browser, but almost all of them can't install malware. That's different.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

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


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

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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.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11