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#AdFree2016: Failed Unsubscribe

Posted on January 29th, 2016

In 2016, I want to see if I can use the Internet as if it is not powered by ads. For other posts in the series, click here. Have you ever tried to unsubscribe, but failed? Columbia won’t let you unsubscribe, if you have a certain type of email address. Take a look and see if you can tell why: Zoomed in: Do you see it? An email address with a “+" and extra characters is equivalent to the email address without the “+" and addendum (thus, “example+columbia@example.com" is supposed to ...

#AdFree2015 “You say advertising, I say block that malware"

Posted on January 9th, 2016

In 2016, I want to see if I can use the Internet as if it is not powered by ads. For other posts in the series, click here. Remember my post on malvertising? Well, Violet Blue has written about one of these situations. "It actually makes business sense to think about malware attacks like an advertiser. You want to deliver your infection to, and scrape those dollars from, every little reader out there. You need a targeted delivery system, with the widest distribution, and as many clueless mi...

#AdFree2016: Passive-Aggressive Unsubscribe Messages

Posted on January 7th, 2016

In 2016, I want to see if I can use the Internet as if it is not powered by ads. For other posts in the series, click here. As part of this project, I’ve had to unsubscribe from a ton of spam emails. A lot of spam lists will try to guilt you into not leaving. This is especially common with security vendors. I’m going to start sharing theme, here. #StayClassy Cigital

#AdFree2016: Malvertising

Posted on January 2nd, 2016

In 2016, I want to see if I can use the Internet as if it is not powered by ads. For other posts in the series, click here. I am trying to go about this experiment without relying on ad blockers. While ad blockers are mostly successful in preventing the viewing of ads, they do not address root causes. However, as I discuss elsewhere, one of the huge problems with online advertising is that it as a huge source of malware. When you dynamically load unprotected 3rd-party content at runtime, yo...

#AdFree2016: What Counts?

Posted on December 29th, 2015

In 2016, I want to see if I can use the Internet as if it is not powered by ads. For other posts in the series, click here. One of the considerations, going into this project, is to understand what types of things count as ads or not. Some properties are obviously ad-focused: Ad-supported posts, news, blogs, social networks Promoted content/results Sponsored content & “native" ads Spam & marketing messages, newsletters, & posts Streaming or media services with commercials Other propertie...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist