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Here you’ll find some of our thoughts & musings on on-line advertising, privacy, surveillance, etc. in the digital age.

Windows 10 “telemetry” blatantly disregards your choice and your privacy

With Windows 10, Microsoft blatantly disregards user choice & privacy. That’s not (just) us saying this, these are the good folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Head over to the EFF’s page for the full article, which is most definitely a worthwhile read. The amount of data that Windows 10 ‘telemetry’ sends back to … Continue reading “Windows 10 “telemetry” blatantly disregards your choice and your privacy”

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On-line advertising is theft of your security

Advertising networks like Google AdSense, DoubleClick, Bing Ads and many others have a huge reach and that makes them very interesting to anyone trying to spread malware. Many mainstream sites give these networks real estate on their pages. When you visit your favorite site, which serves ads from such a network, in effect this network … Continue reading “On-line advertising is theft of your security”

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IvyDNS is different from an ad-blocker

IvyDNS does ad-blocking and while this is not the only thing it does, it is the one that stands out most. With claims, or should we say ‘hopes’, by the IAB (Internet Advertising Board) that usage of ad-blockers is plateauing, they are still trying to get you to absorb as many ads as possible, fortunately … Continue reading “IvyDNS is different from an ad-blocker”

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Why privacy matters

Over the last 16 months, as I’ve debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, “I don’t really worry about invasions of privacy because I don’t have anything to hide.” I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen, I write down my email address. … Continue reading “Why privacy matters”

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We do not use google analytics

Have you noticed that we don’t run Google Analytics on this site? If you’ve ever used it, you’ll be very well aware of the level of detailed in the information it gathers. When used and activated, it knows who you are, tracks you as you browse from page to page, knows how far down a … Continue reading “We do not use google analytics”

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On-line advertising is theft of your Attention

Attention is the allocation of limited processing resources, it is a finite resource and once spent, it is forever gone. If you want to think of attention in terms of a commodity, then attention is one of the most valuable ones since it drives & influences our actions, behaviors & thoughts so deeply. We pay … Continue reading “On-line advertising is theft of your Attention”

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On-line advertising is theft of your Bandwidth

This is a silly car-analogy and while it may not make sense at first, it’ll soon become clear why advertising is theft of your bandwidth. If you want to prevent your bandwidth from being stolen from you, take a look at how IvyDNS and its features can help you. Here’s the scenario: You haven’t seen … Continue reading “On-line advertising is theft of your Bandwidth”

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Advertising is theft

When the subject of advertising blocking comes up, there’s always the argument that by ad-blocking you deprive those running a site from revenue. Frequently, it is phrased as “running an ad-blocker is theft”. This argument hinges upon the assumption that by not giving the advertiser full, unfettered and unregulated access to your device, your time, … Continue reading “Advertising is theft”

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