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How to block the Skype Ads

Since Microsoft took over Skype, only bad things are happening. Really, I hate Skype since they started to get their orders from Redmond. 🙁 Once of the nerving things are the ads. Yes, these:       Here is how to get rid of it: Open Control Panel, go to Network and Internet Options. If you’re in Win10, goto Settings -> Internet Options It looks like this: Then click on “Security” and select “Restricted Sites”: Then click on “Sites” and you will see this window popping up. Add there this URL: https://apps.skype.com/   Close the window and restart Skype.  …


Annoying Internet Ads: An Open Letter To Digital Marketers Everywhere

I gave a nice interview to MICHAEL O’DWYER for IPSwitch and he wrote the following article: Annoying Internet Ads: An Open Letter To Digital Marketers Everywhere “Ads consume bandwidth, especially those delivered as Flash or code. If you’re on a mobile device, with a small screen, the ads will also cover a good portion of the screen, thus making it difficult or even impossible to see the desired content you want to see,” says Sorin Mustaca, CSSLP, Security+, Project+, an independent IT security consultant. “[Over] the last 3 years, we hear[d] more and more about malvertising — the delivery of malicious software…


The sad status of online advertising … now gets to the real topic

I wrote a few days ago a post about the The sad status of online advertising, talking about the practices of Forbes which forces the read to disable ad-blockers. Later, in a second post called A new type of fraud: News Scareware, I mentioned Washington Post that is enforcing the email address of the user in order to allow reading. Now, I have seen the cherry on the top of the cake: Wired .   They request the user to either disable ad-blockers or to pay $1/Week for an ad-free version.   Again, I am not against paying for a magazine. I am against…


The sad status of online advertising

I will give in this post an example having FORBES.COM as target.  I want to emphasize that this is not the only site that behaves like this!   If you have an ad blocking plugin active and you visit www.forbes.com you will be promted to disable the ad blocker and you see the picture above.   After you turn it on, you can see that you are allowed to view the website for 30 days with “ad-light experience”: This is what you get with an ad-light experience: 1 ad on top of the page 2+ ads on the right of the page…


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Set up an Ad-filter with Privoxy on Raspberry Pi for free

I hate ads… They are for many companies, unfortunately, the main source of income. So, they are a necessary evil in today’s world where everything is expected to be free of charge. In general, I use an anti-advertisements filter in the browser. Now I use AdBlock for Chrome. It is available for FF and IE as well. But, what do you do with mobile devices which, normally, don’t have such a filter? You use a filtering proxy or gateway. To set up a gateway with a transparent proxy (or filter) is more complicated. To set up a filtering proxy is very simple and here…


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When security software gets bundled in the wrong way

  After installing Adobe Shockwave Player from here I am presented with this offer. I don’t want to use Norton, so I unselect the checkbox. I actually read the text, well, most of it – the part which is visible, as you can see below. By clicking on the only button visible, I agree with the Norton License and I receive the software from Symantec. So, where the hack is the Cancel button? I unselected the checkbox and pressed Alt-F4 and apparently I didn’t get any Symantec software on my computer. I thought that such practices can by found only at…


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Protect yourself and all your devices against aggressive advertisements for FREE

There is a lot of money being spent in the IT industry on analytics and on detailed information on users and their behavior online. There is nothing wrong in wanting to know who your users are and what they want in order to serve them better and with less hassle for them. But, the border between privacy violation and data collection is very thin and that’s why there are also violations of privacy. The law makers all over the world are trying all the time to regulate data collection, but there are just too many websites which can’t be controlled….


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