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Offline MarkS

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Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:19:40 am »
I have adblock turned off for this site. This is a first. If there is a way to prevent this, do it now or I'm re-enabling the adblockers.
 

Offline JPortici

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 09:19:21 am »
enable adblockers.
make a donation or do the pareon thing.
use adblockers without feeling guilty.

fuck those obnoxious ads.
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 09:51:02 am »
This is just my personal opinion, banner ad is perfectly fine and is a way to support a good thing.
But as far as sound ads go, they can be a problem, whether you have headphones or speakers on - more so if you're listening or watching something, or perhaps forgot the speaker on at late hours.

 

Offline RGB255_0_0

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 09:52:09 am »
I've only been seeing Opal Kelly static banner for the past 2 weeks or so.

Are you using HTTPS?
Your toaster just set fire to an African child over TCP.
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 10:16:37 am »
I use a combination of Adblock Plus, the Ghostery browser plug-in and some carefully selected firewall rules. They 99.9% of ads and other junk on all the pages I visit. As I mentioned in another thread, I'd rather donate directly to the content creators rather than fill the pockets of advertising companies.

As an example, I'm currently browsing the Officeworks website (just an office supply company in Australia). Ghostery has blocked 23 tracking and other elements and Adblock Plus blocked 11 elements. None of them have any effect on actual functionality on the page, I can still do everything I need to.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2017, 10:23:21 am by Halcyon »
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 10:24:43 am »
I have Privoxy set up. It does well when browsing, and there is a system tray icon that lets me disable it when I need to.
Also, in Firefox it is possible to select which sites don't go through the proxy.
I find that in its default configuration, Privoxy doesn't break much of the sites I visit, apart from the occasional dodgy news site.
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 12:57:36 pm »
I just remembered that I have Google Chrome setup to block sounds from playing unless I specifically allow. This shouldn't have happened. :-\ This may be a Chrome issue.
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 02:01:28 pm »
try disabling javascript for the site.
 

Offline MarkF

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2017, 06:32:16 pm »
For Chrome, I disabled Flash (at least I think that was the setting).
Go to Advanced settings -> Privacy -> Content settings -> Flash
  and select "Block sites from running Flash".
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2017, 08:14:06 pm »
I don't think anyone really uses Flash anymore except for advertisers. I haven't installed it on any computers for about two years now. Also, JavaScript is the primary delivery method for advertising, so just install something like NoScript. You can still allow the top level domain, but most of the other annoying crap your browser is instructed to go out and fetch gets blocked.
 

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Re: Woah! I'm getting ads with sounds now?
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2017, 08:45:46 pm »
Some sites choose to embed HTML5 ads, so neither NoScript nor blocking flash will get you out of those.
Reminds me of the office skit from years ago: 'Welcome to the first porn site with sound!'.

That being said, most sites just offload their advertising and tracking to some agency (middlemen), so they have no real control over what is shown. Often, agencies also don't have control, as they give 'free reign' to trusted ad publishers. So, the simplified workflow: advertised company -> ad creator -> ad publisher -> ad agency -> hosting site -> viewer. My issue is that most nodes in this chain are a possible attack vector for a zero-day exploit and not many have the technical proficiency to deal with that. But that's just me being paranoid.

Other than that, there's nothing else to do but to report intrusive ads.

Back in my old days, I was working with a large-ish site and, quite often, full-page ads would leak from the agency. They were supposed to use a header/top banner but they created the Flash (remember that?) ad to cover the entire page. We got user reports, or reported them ourselves, the agency contacted the publisher, which promised to never do that again, rinse and repeat...
The root issue stems from the fact that metrics (which determines how people get paid) are computed in a lazy way and can be manipulated.
 


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