posted on Jan, 21 2010 @ 10:44 PM
After some testing of competing services (and some price negotiations, this ain't cheap), we've zeroed in on a firm who will very-soon begin
long-term proactive scanning of all the ads that appear on ATS, every 15 minutes. The scanning will run each ad through a long-list of virus, malware,
and improper operations (like redirections) and provide us with alerts so that we can notify the offenders (hopefully) before the ads become a problem
I've just approved the new contract and we'll be getting things set up over the next few days.
It's been a rather long process as we first began testing different offerings from a few different providers, and while some were cheaper, the
solution we settled on provides the best range of scans and tests, including the user of consumer-level malware scanners.
While I spend lots of time on ATS on a minimally-protected PC and have only encountered two improper ads (both were redirects), I know many of our
members have had some problems. The new service will specifically identify the ad, the ad network(s) involved, and give us the specific information we
need to have the ad removed from rotation on ATS.
I know I promised this some time ago, but given the costs involved, wanted to make sure we pick the right provider. We should be up and running within
a few days, with full scanning operational soon after that.