Bad Behaviour--Banner ads

Discussion in ' Site Help' started by john_a|5, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. I just opened up my browser to Photonet and got a banner ad--didn't know it was an ad at the time--that said I had a message in my photonet mail. I clicked on it and it went to another site advertisement.
    I know you have to have ads here, but this is deceptive and disruptive. I clicked on it twice--more revenue for the site maybe--as I thought I clicked the wrong thing.
    Anyway, this is not a good development.
  2. By the way, this was the link I got when I clicked if this helps identify the culprit:
  3. Those type of ads shouldn't ever show up here. I'll see what I can figure out.
    For the record, the "message" graphic for the PN internal messaging system looks like this:
  4. I only get the internal mail occasionally, so I am not as familiar with what it looks like but this one was close enough anyway. Besides, most sites change things often enough that unless it has dancing somethings, it is hard to tell when someone uses these tactics--especially when it conforms somewhat to the site design and implies it is part of the site.
  5. I wouldn't open that ad for all the riches in the world. The last time I did, I ended up with no less than 300 spam messages, most from "Looking for a hottie in your area?". Once they have your IP address, given to them when you click, you're toast.
  6. how did someone like that get access on this site? besides maybe there are some looking for a local hottie--in Texas that is short for a hot sausage a a bbq joint! don't suppose that is what they mean tho!
  7. Once they have your IP address, given to them when you click, you're toast.​
    Tom, that's not really true. An IP address can't give someone your email address. It could conceivably give someone your physical location. Though to get any more specific of a location than a city or generally area typically takes a court order.
  8. I have gotten three or four different versions of this type of ad. I have just ignored them, and gone about my business.
  9. Yes, I've seen them, too. John, for the future. The REAL "you have a new message ad" only shows up in the position where it is in Josh's screen cap. I've seen it, but usually in other locations on my screen. The first couple of times I saw it, I was nearly fooled but realized it was a fake. Now, I barely even notice them but they do come across quite a bit. I'll try to screen cap one next time I see one.
  10. I ignore all online ads, period.
    If I want to find out about a product, I'll Google it myself.

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