March 16, 2016
It's not just that the ads often slow down site loading and performance intolerably, it's that the ads can be positively harmful in themselves.
The latest example of malicious ads distributing malware happened last weekend. Someone managed to compromise a big league ad server used by the NYT and the BBC, among other high profile sites. One of the things it was distributing was the "TeslaCrypt" ransomware.
I never saw a thing.
But too many ads these days don't just want to load an image, they want to run code, and "hey, trust me to run code on your computer" is something I'm a lot more leery about; "trust these other guys who are paying me some money to run code on your computer" is even worse. Nobody's willing to accept the responsibility for damage done through that attack vector, so why should I incur the risk?
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at March 16, 2016 07:21 PM (/lg1c)
The idea of TeleScript was that you could write a program, set it running on your computer, and the program would transmit itself to the remote server where the data lived, run itself there to collect the information it needed, and then send itself back down the wire to your computer, where it could print out the whatever you'd requested.
We were young once, and in retrospect, too clever for our own good.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 16, 2016 10:30 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: David at March 16, 2016 11:34 PM (+TPAa)
I use NoScript - which could care less if you serve up a picture ad, but is great for preventing cross-site scripting, which is the real issue here. Nobody's serving up infected ads from their own servers, after all. (At least nowhere I'm browsing...)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at March 17, 2016 01:43 AM (v29Tn)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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