Security Tip: Ad blockers can reduce malware attacks
If you’ve never heard about ad blockers before, here’s the short version: they’re browser extensions / apps you install to block online ads. No pop-ups, overlay ads, search ads or even pre-roll ads in videos.
While blocking annoying ads is the most boasted benefit of ad blockers, they have another advantage as well: they can help you eliminate the threat of malvertising.
Malvertising = (short for “malicious advertising”) it refers to how malware is distributed through online advertising networks. This type of technique is widely use to spread financial malware, data-stealing malware, ransomware and other cyber threats.
Malvertising can happen even on legitimate websites, such as Forbes, as you’ll see from the examples below:
You say advertising, I say block that malware
How Forbes inadvertently proved the anti-malware value of ad blockers
Another Reason to Use an Ad Blocker: Malvertising Has Tripled This Year
Top tip: use an ad-blocker, stay malvertising-free! Our favorite ad blocker is the original Adblock Plus which can be installed through your browser’s extension/Add-on store or through their official site.