Tag Archives: Pop-up ad

The Pop Up Piggyback

By | June 7, 2006

Is it just me, or have these interstitial ads or whatever they call themselves suddenly become ubiquitous, and no less annoying for it? They now seem to be everywhere (even O’Reilly uses them, shockingly, although it does offer a way to disable them). These are ads, courtesy of companies like Vibrant Media IntelliTXT, that add underlined links to… Read More »

Flash, Floating Ads And Hijacking Your Webcam

By | December 12, 2004

I haven’t had time to look at this closely, and humble apologies if this is old hat, but can pop-up ads hijack users’ web-cams and microphones? I was surfing at a website called This Is London, when on one page a pop-up Flash ad appeared for Starbucks. I was using Mozilla Firefox 0.7 and it just would not… Read More »

Banking Sites And The Popup

By | September 15, 2004

Here’s one of those moments when you wonder whether banks have yet got on online security. The Melbourne Age, reporting from the birthplace of phishing, reports today that customers of Australia’s Westpac bank are getting flummoxed by the appearance of a new pop-up window on its Internet banking page. The pop-up, according to one user, who spoke to… Read More »

The Punitive Pop-up

By | April 30, 2004

Following a posting here a few months back, here’s another one of those services that promise to bypass pop-up blockers to deliver pop-ups. The company’s called Falk eSolutions AG, it’s based in the German town of Moers and says it’s “a leading and global provider of sophisticated ASP-solutions for online marketing” (I’m still waiting for a company that… Read More »

Phishing And The Pop-up

By | April 21, 2004

Speaking to Well Fargo Online’s Wendy Grover this morning, I realised there’s a dimension to the debate about pop-ups that hadn’t occurred to me before: Phishing. The central argument used by companies such as Wells Fargo in their long-running litigation against the likes of WhenU and Gator (now Claria) is that they confuse the user. These services, they… Read More »