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November 4, 2022
6:18 am
Alexandre
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I do speak multiple languages, but this is not one of them. I also don't live in a neighborhood where this language even remotely common.
Not a big deal, just making sure I am getting these ads from this Web site and it is not my smartphone that is compromised in some way.

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November 4, 2022
8:32 am
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Use decent ad-blocker and you will see no ads.

November 4, 2022
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Poor Eva - which ad blocker do you recommend? I’m getting weary of all the ads.

November 4, 2022
8:54 am
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pooreva said
Use decent ad-blocker and you will see no ads.  

I don't mind ads. Having them on my screen is how I am paying Peter for very valuable Web site he created and maintains.

What I want to be sure is that these are Web site ads and not from some trojan on my smartphone.
I also prefer ads in a language I can understand, but because I always ignore them, this is minor gripe of mine.

November 4, 2022
9:22 am
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JenE said
Poor Eva - which ad blocker do you recommend? I’m getting weary of all the ads.  

I use ABP - Add Block Plus for Samsung Internet on Android phone and ABP for Firefox (on PC).
For valuable sites I do allow ads to support site owner.

November 6, 2022
2:37 am
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I don't use an ad blocker, but I do block some ads with a blocklist - in the form of a custom "hosts" file in my browser. When I get annoyed at ads that try to attack my computer, or push obviously criminal sites like get-rich-quick, gambling or porn, I add their URLs to my hosts file, mapping them to 127.0.0.1 and they go away.

That IP address means one's own computer, and whenever the offending URL is searched for by a web page or spam message, the host file diverts the request to your own computer. Since that page does not exist on your own computer, the request fails and replaces that window with an "UNABLE TO CONNECT" message - and it doesn't need to do a domain-name lookup, it saves you about five seconds each time it does this.

You can learn about this...

For Windows: http://www.makeuseof.com/windo.....ile-guide/

For Apple: http://www.mdahosting.com/wher.....-on-a-mac/

For Linux: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/get-know-linux-hosts-file/

Sorry, I know nothing about mobile browsing. If you want to, you'll have to look it up for yourself. Be warned, though, most mobiles are designed to make it really hard to block ads, since they are controlled by ad empires.
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November 6, 2022
8:38 am
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FWIW . . .

Some of the better internet security software packages (e.g., 'Bitdefender Total Security', etc.) come with Ad-blockers and Anti-trackers, that can be turned On/Off for each site.

Except for this site, I keep mine 'On' all the time.

My Two Centavos,

    Dean

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November 6, 2022
9:31 am
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I don't have a problem with the targeted ads I get - they are manageable. However the amount of SPAM emails I get both on my laptop and on my iPhone are getting to be a big nuisance. My Tech guy says that this blog website could be the source of many of the spam emails. If the problem persists, I will likely ask to have my subscription completely deleted from this site and see if that improves the situation.

November 6, 2022
9:45 am
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You can also log out of your Google account, delete all your Google and DoubleClick tracking cookies, and then use Google's ad tracking opt-out:

https://adssettings.google.com/anonymous?hl=en

Apparently, you can also turn off Google personalized ads while logged in:

https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662856?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid

You'll still see Google text ads on the site, but they'll be less relevant (and creepy!) to you.

Cheers,
Doug

November 6, 2022
12:51 pm
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canadian.100 said
the amount of SPAM emails I get both on my laptop and on my iPhone are getting to be a big nuisance. My Tech guy says that this blog website could be the source of many of the spam emails.

I am actively using disposable email addresses. Any place I sign to, it is with different email address. Makes it very easy to figure who sells or mishandles email addresses they collect.
I have not received even one spam email sent to email address I registered with on this website.

At the same time, since recently I am getting tons of spam emails to my Rogers email account. Have not been that bad for maybe 10 years. Can't count how many undelivered UPS parcels, prize wins, credit card charges and money transfers are waiting for my confirmation. (sarcasm).

I am afraid something such as security breach had happened recently at Rogers or at LinkedIn, which are only two places that should know my Rogers email address.

November 6, 2022
1:21 pm
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that is exactly what I get - UPS, prizes, winnings, etc etc - perhaps 25 (or more) daily on my Gmail email acct - and not necessarily the same spam emails on my iPhone. I do the "Block" feature (on both my laptop and iPhone) but it seems to be a useless effort.
I will try Doug's suggestions and see if there is an improvement.

November 6, 2022
4:17 pm
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canadian.100 said
that is exactly what I get - UPS, prizes, winnings, etc etc - perhaps 25 (or more) daily on my Gmail email acct - and not necessarily the same spam emails on my iPhone. I do the "Block" feature (on both my laptop and iPhone) but it seems to be a useless effort.
I will try Doug's suggestions and see if there is an improvement.  

In most cases, tracking cookies are the culprits. These are embedded cookies that get installed on your device for every click you make, especially clicks that are actually ads that look like part of the site you're browsing.
An ad blocker is essential, but may not be the only solution to junk and spam email. Depending on your device, you may want to install add-ons to your browser such as Badger, and Decentraleyes. These two may enhance protection for your device, they may not be bullet proof, but could potentionally reduce the amount of junk you get.

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