originally posted by: sheepslayer247
but there are a couple that are now automatically directing traffic away from ATS with pop-ups and what I believe to be malicious content.
Surely you can track that down and put a stop to it.
If you can get any details, send me a private message.
We only have one provider showing pop-up ads, and even then it's programmed to show only once every 24 hours, and only to those users who are not
If you're seeing more pop-ups than that -- then something else is going on.
Also, we don't use ad networks that use ads that initiate a redirect to another site. From time to time (once or twice a year) one can slip through
their audit process, but it's rare. So again, something else might be going on.
I've been tracking observations of other "long tail" website owners where some Internet access providers are injecting ads. We've seen it
(confirmed) here on ATS with Charter Communications, as well as an Australian provider (forget the name). And now there are reports that others are
doing it, and that pop-up ads are part of it.
target site's Google Analytics ID to ascertain popularity/rank/traffic. There's a set of unknown conditions that triggers the ads… this is why it
only happens on a few site. The speculation is that the more popular long-tail website have good traffic, but not enough IT staff to troubleshoot the
Ad injection from Internet service providers is a growing problem, as they're typically targeted based on what the ISP knows about their customers --
all kinds of nasty privacy issues start to come to mind.
But to confirm what has been said before, in addition to the above:
1) We never use any ad networks that don't define their policies of regular, multiple times a day, scanning of advertiser assets (images, code,
Flash, etc.) for malware and/or malicious actions
2) We never use any ad networks that use automatic redirects in their ads
3) We never use any ad networks that don't adhere to the AdChoices privacy policies
4) We never use ad code that displays both a display-ad banner AND a pop-up (some networks have those options)