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#1 mwieting

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:00 PM

Does anyone know if some software that prevent users from clicking on items such as "update your flash player-click here)?



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:33 PM

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 07:56 AM

It's called Education.

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:09 PM

An ad-blocker might help.


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:17 PM

No script and adblock plus are firefox extensions which will help with this, but they are not guaranteed to work in all cases, and they mean you must perform some setting up for any new web page you visit (deciding to allow scripts from main sites but not from advertisers basically).
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 04:59 AM

My personal general rule of thumb (it's not infallible, I know!) is not to click on anything animated or flashing. Some of these malware-infested pop-ups look VERY slightly blurry as well, without sharp edges to their graphics and lettering.....to me they do, at least.


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 09:25 AM

Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Hackers are also known to exploit Flash vulnerabilities which can lead to malware infection. When visiting a website that hosts an HTML page which requires a Flash script, users may encounter a malicious Flash redirector or malicious script specifically written to exploit a vulnerability in the Flash Interpreter which causes it to execute automatically in order to infect a computer.
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 10:24 AM

A tip for avoiding flash based attacks, set all plugins as "click to play" or "ask to activate", it doesn't prevent all drivebys but it does prevent a proportion of them. Furthermore it also makes your browsing experience more serene and peaceful whilst speeding up the browser and connection (as the computer doesn't waste time and bandwidth loading every flash object on every page you visit.). It can't stop all ads, as some aren't flash based at all, and it can't stop some types of driveby infections, as they can sometimes exploit flash even if it is deactivated and some of them don't use flash at all, but it reduces the numbers of both. When you visit a site ( a video site usually) where you do want to let a plugin run you click to let it run, one extra click is a tiny price to pay for the reduction in bother and bandwidth use. no-script and adblock plus do the same thing but go further towards protecting you and avoiding showing any junk, they require a little more skill to use but still only add a few extra clciks to each webpage visit.
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:20 PM


I recommend changing Shockwave Flash to "Ask to Activate" or "Never Activate" as follows...
Open Firefox, go to > Tools > Add-ons > Plugins > Shockwave Flash > click the drop-down box and select "Never Activate" or "Ask to Activate".
This way the plugin will stay disabled per default but can be activated on a per-site basis.

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:34 PM

"ask to activate" would be the best setting really, most video sites require flash to run so it would make the computer more limited in what it could be used for if flash is utterly disabled. In chrome the option is "make all plugins click to play" or something to that effect, accesssed from the "advanced" section of the "settings" tab. chrome's flash player is built in whilst for firefox you must install it but in either case you benefit(in multiple ways) from not letting it run automatically. Personally i prefer to "temporarily allow" flash from certain pages or "allow this once", it gives more bother when i visit the page again but only 1 click's worth. There is no need for extensions to diable flash in firefox or chrome, it can be fully disabled by (as you have mentioned) choosing "never activate" in firefox or disabling in chrome from with chrome://plugins also i think those extensions might cause trouble if trying to run adblock plus or noscript alongside them.
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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:57 PM

It's a matter of user choice and personal preference as well as safety...not everyone uses video sites. The FlashDisable add-on provides the convenience to disable and re-enable Flash with one click.
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