Saturday, 12 August 2017


A sure way to put people off the products or services on is advertising websites or on digital platforms such as tablets and smartphones it to have the advertisement pop up and obscure the view of what one wants to read or watch, often requiring the viewer or reader to click on some 'X' to close the advertisement.

This never happens with print advertising where the advertisement sits passively on a page or part of a page, allowing readers to read it if they so choose if it piques their interest or even to admire the pictures of pretty or handsome persons featured in the advertisement or to even admire its creativity or art.

On the other hand, these pop-up advertisements impose themselves on readers or viewers, some of whom may be doing research for a report, presentation or an article and are in a hurry to meet a deadline.

I for one, just click away such annoying advertisements and don't even remember what was being advertised and I have not bought anything which was advertised online, though I have bought some products or services advertised in print.

This really makes me wonder what idiots those who created such advertisements are by believing that they will endear such readers and viewers to the products or services being advertised by annoying them.

Sure, these idiots may have the technical knowledge and savvy to create such pop-up advertisements but lack the basic common sense to understand that readers and viewers don't like them.

As a result, a whole industry has arisen to develop advertisement blockers or pop-up blockers and their popularity is a testimony to how annoying readers and viewers of websites and digital content find such advertisements.

Following below, The Star's Tech News reports on such measures to combat pop-up advertisements on smartphones.

Dunno if this will get through the the thick skulls of the advertisers who continue to impose such annoying advertisements on us.

Yours trully


Tech News

Saturday, 12 August 2017 | MYT 3:00 PM

Say goodbye to pop-ups in your smartphone web browser

Aggressive advertising pop-ups that block the entire smartphone display are a nuisance. If one appears, you should never tap on it – and you should certainly not enter any personal data in the input fields.
Address collectors can be lurking behind pop-ups that promise fictitious winnings. Or they may be seeking to lure you into unwanted subscriptions that will show up later your mobile phone bill.

To prevent these unwanted intruders from showing up on your screen, you should activate a third-party lock with your service provider.

Alternatively, you can prevent most pop-ups by clearing your browser cache. On Android phones, you'll find this option under settings. You should also delete cookies, while at the same time making sure that no third-party cookies are accepted and all cookies are deleted once the browser is closed.

If the ads still appear, you might have to delete all browser data, returning the phone to more or less the factory state. If even that doesn't work, an app might be responsible for the pop-ups. In that case, you should uninstall recently installed apps until the problem is solved. — dpa


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