What is an advertisement?
An advertisement is a form of communication to help sell or distribute a certain product for profit (to inform, to persuade and to remind).
Which are good and which are bad?
Text advertisements (usually seen on Google), and most image/video (banner) advertisements are mostly safe, however not entirely. Some of these include: unknown websites full of advertisement(s), pop-up/pop-under, and win a free product advertisement.
Are advertisements bad?
Advertisements have been used with different techniques that can seem potentially unwanted towards Internet users. Some techniques used are:
- False advertising
- Subliminal messages
- Optional Third-party inclusion in Installation
- Mail and Spam
Some risks can lead to:
- Frauds, scam and Phishing
- Installing Adware, Spyware or other potentially unwanted programs
- Hijacked computer or browser
- Slower page loading
- Identity theft
How can protect myself from these advertisements?
Enabling your pop-up blocker can block most of these pop-up advertisements, enabling Phishing protection can secure yourself from Fraud, downloading an ad-blocking program can get rid of these advertisements.
Pop-up blockers are found in all modern web browsers including Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2+, Chrome 2+, and others.
Not going to shady websites (those with a poor rating, poor surfing habits, etc).