posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 03:15 PM
Some systems use small transparent GIF's for analytics and tracking, and it appears your ZoneAlarm doesn't like it.
Of course it don't like it. Thats why it's called a web bug and ZA finds it to be suspicious since not everyone shows (the 0.gif) it as being
suspicious like it shows for my account and yankeerose. I Looked on the source file render my browser does for the request of the ATS pages and below
you will see a rather odd result. The top image is my browser render code showing the ATS points are loaded into a table 150 pixels wide. Than there
are several TR table rows where data is rendered to the screen. The actual 0.gif shows up as my loopback adapter address and not the
The below source code screen shot is another member with no web bug attached.
You will see the atsmedia 0.gif shows up just fine in the other members source code. I colored in, to point out a rather odd feature. why is the table
bgcolor (000000) black for both examples and another nested (within the parent table) table bgcolor for both members show me with a bgcolor of 343300
and the other member with bgcolor of 41fa80. Yours shows as 54fa80. Is this a shade of black color identifier?
I think ZA is not producing false hits for web bugs. because if it were, than I should see the image properly if it is from
atsmedia.cachefly.com/images.0.gif on everyones account including mine. But since I see the same people along with my account showing the web bug
alert all the time, and other none tracked members with colored bars for there point value, I believe it to be true.
Definition of: Web bug
Also called a "Web beacon," "pixel tag," "clear GIF" and "invisible GIF," it is a method for passing information from the user's computer to
a third party Web site. Used in conjunction with cookies, Web bugs enable information to be gathered and tracked in the stateless environment of the
Internet. The Web bug is typically a one-pixel, transparent GIF image, although it can be a visible image as well. As the HTML code for the Web bug
points to a site to retrieve the image, it can pass along information at the same time.
Web bugs can be placed into an HTML page used for e-mail messages as most mail programs support the display of HTML pages
I believe this is not an ads generated web bug to follow the viewers page clicks of ads. this is inserted in the points accumulation table which
follows certain members when on ATS.
I'm wondering why only certain members are being singled out for monitoring there movements across ATS.