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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It's about security
by darknexus on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:21 UTC
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As long as ad vendors do not force the strictest security on their ads, I will block them. So long as they are an attack vector for malware, I will not unblock any of them even the supposedly "good" networks. Even Google ads have been compromised recently, because they permitted ads to be served by their network that were not hosted by them and could thus be modified after Google had done their security check.
No, ad blocking may not help our future. It may not help any publisher, or web page. But as long as it keeps me a lot more secure, I'm going to continue blocking, because by the time one of these nasty ads gets in, it's too late to completely control the damage.

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