posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 06:53 AM
I use ad blocking to protect my computers and the other devices on my home network from hackers, viruses, worms, phishing and spam. I do however have
adblock turned off on ATS to comply with the TOS (which you AGREED to when you signed up), the ads displayed here are not TOO rude, defamatory or
misleading either. Most of the ads I've seem on ATS are for things like other simlar websites, and movies. It is how I found out about the movie
Splice, so that's all good.
I have one particular ad which follows me wherever I go, and it's that 'reduce stomach fat now' or whatever one. It's a good job I'm tech savvy,
or I'd think someone had it in for me! lolol.
But really, most online ads are misleading, ask you to enter details such as home addresses, phone numbers, names and ages etc and even BANK DETAILS,
which you should never ever ever do unless it is via a trusted payment service such as paypal or your own bank, a lot of them advertise fake products
and even fake pharmacutical drugs such as fake viagra. I'm also female, so I don't need my genitalia pumping either thank you!! XD
You must also be very careful when clicking ads on social networks, as this is how so many people's private data and profiles get phished & used to
spread spam within the sites.
Basicaly, if websites took responsability to source advertising from safe, reputable companies, then there wouldn't be so much of an issue and less
of a need for us to use ad blocking software. ATS say they make sure all ads are scanned & filtered for malware, which I also believe and trust. I
don't really click on them though, unless one really catches my eye, but that's not the issue here.
ITV for instance (a UK free TV channel paid for by advertising) wouldn't be allowed to advertise fake products, products aimed at adults & the porn
industry or anything deemed unfit, even post watershed, so why should websites & online advertisers be allowed to put users at risk? This is why I
block ads on 99% of sites.
Those YOU'VE WON AN IPHONE or whatever ones really get to me, if I see them, 9 times out of 10 the adblocker gets turned on.
A lot of online ads do sadly lead to infected websites containing things like trojans, keygens, worms, viruses & spyware. ATS staff need to recognise
the cost of repairing a machine from these things is NOT cheap.
However I don't feel the ads on ATS pose a great risk at all. ATS does seem to work to ensure only safe ads reach our screens, so I don't see what
the big issue is with turning off adblock on ATS. They've also made sure to remove those ads that buzz or make noise, and I thank them greatly for
[edit on 25-7-2010 by The Chez]