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Lots of 'my blu' ads that are placed between posts here on ECF

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  1. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    I have been a member here on ECF for a little over 4 years, but recently have not posted much.

    I have noticed that just lately these ads for 'my blu' e-cigs showing up in all the various threads ... usually stuck between every 5 or so posts.

    Is this something new that they are now placing all over? Is anyone seeing these ads in all the threads? I never used to see these ads before stuck between posts.

    Maybe it's just my new Chrome browser with Windows 10 that is to blame?
     
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  2. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    ECF apparently is accepting advertising money to help support the site financially. If I'm not mistaken, if you become a supporting member of ECF you'll be able to disable these ads.
     
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  3. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    Ok .... well then, it is something new.

    Like I said, I never seen this before
     
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  4. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    If you are using a different browser or have not enabled add blocker, well yes, you are going to see ads. To make them leave permanently you can become a supporting member. It's worth it in other ways, too, IMO. If I use a forum frequently enough, I will usually support it, because I want it to stick around and etc.

    Anna
     
  5. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    I have Ad Blocker turned on.

    Here is what this very thread looks like to me:

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. dom qp

    dom qp Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Some of those ads are user targeted (I don't think the Blu ones are) and it's really interesting how much they can deduce from browsing traffic.

    I went one time on a website to check out some jewelry to buy my girlfriend for her birthday and for months all I got were engagement ring ads.

    AvE (youtuber) also tells a story about how he was talking to his friend on the phone about farming equipment and some type of plant, forgot which. Either way, next day his friend had ads for farming equipment to cultivate this particular plant.

    This is a vaping site, might not be user targeted but it's definitely audience targeted.
     
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  7. ScottP

    ScottP Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    The number 1 product that is bought and sold more than any other, is YOUR personal data. Your browsing habits, purchase history, likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, possible medical issues (based on your searches), your name, address, email address, phone number, and more.
     
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  8. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    @Flt Simulation - Install uBlock Origin and you won't see any more ads. It's one that definitely works with Windows 10.
     
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  9. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    Thanks a bunch ..
     
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  10. ilporcupine

    ilporcupine Ultra Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    IL, Duh
    I have box-stock Firefox, no external ad block, and I see no ads at all on this site.
     
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  11. Upinsmoke

    Upinsmoke Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 2, 2017
    Suffolk UK
    Running this site must be pretty expensive.
    Oliver's got to eat too.
    I am thinking of cancelling my subscription to Greenpeace and moving it over to ECF.
    Vaping has a future even if the planet's beyond help.
     
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  12. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    So ... my question is:

    Is anyone else here getting these 'my blu' ads in between about every 4 or 5 posts or so of the various threads?
     
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  13. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
    None. On my FF browser on pc w/ Origin or on my tablet with no adblockers.
     
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  14. OldBatty

    OldBatty Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 28, 2014
    North Georgia USA
    Rather old version of Firefox on Linux, no ad block (do have a script block) and do not see these ads.

    @dom qp Pretty sure AvE is not a vaper but if he was he would keep his mod in a vise;)
     
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  15. Flt Simulation

    Flt Simulation Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2014
    Florida
    Again ... Thanks

    Installed uBlock and the 'my blu' ads are gone ! !

    :)
     
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  16. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    You're welcome. Glad it's working for you, too. Another ECF member told me about it several weeks ago, and it was what worked for me with Windows 10.
     
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  17. NicotineRush

    NicotineRush Linux Mint/Mate Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Agreed. Support the site.

    Most folks don't have a clue how much is known about their lives via data collection. There are now AI programs that can predict, with I think it was an 85% success rate, what YOU will be doing in say 7 hours from now! (or 10 or 20 etc...) These programs know what you're going to be doing even BEFORE you do! Think about it.

    For further info read Bruce Schneiers book' Data and Goliath' or Kevin Mitnicks book 'The Art of Invisibility'.
     
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    classwife Admin
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