[svlug] MSIE and ad blocking (was Re: (forw) Re: The February Lecture --- Changes in Firefox Offerings)

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Feb 23 16:10:45 PST 2011

begin Bill Ward quotation of Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 03:43:00PM -0800:
> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
> > Good point.  In general you want to block 3rd-party
> > content entirely, but sometimes you might need to
> > let something through but not let the browser keep
> > whatever cookie came with it.
> >
> > Judging by the blog postings, MSIE is actually getting
> > ahead here.
> >
> > http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/12/07/ie9-and-privacy-introducing-tracking-protection-v8.aspx
> > (This is basically builtin ad blocking for all MSIE
> > users (!)  Surprised it isn't making a bigger stink
> > on web business sites.  But hey, if Google can throw
> > free phone and desktop OSs at MSFT's customers, it's
> > only fair for MSFT to throw an ad-blocking browser
> > at Google's customers.)
> >
> I have a site that uses reCAPTCHA to validate the organic nature of users,
> and that means 3rd party content.  I've been getting complaints from IE8
> users about it not working; maybe this is why?

No, I think built-in ad block for MSIE is a version
9 thing.

A while ago there was a Content Management System that
actually mailed ".exe" files to users to activate
some document manipulation functions.  When mail
servers started blocking executables for security,
their customers' sites started breaking.

What I'd like to do at the BoF is help web developers
get out ahead of where privacy-aware users are going
to be in the near future, as well as help people who
are implementing privacy measures avoid blocking
stuff like widely-used captcha sites and legit
embedded videos.

Don Marti                    
dmarti at zgp.org

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