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davidh
November 21st, 2005, 02:11 PM
I went to mail.yahoo.com to read my yahoo mail and an ebay ad appeared. Right clicked on it in Firefox. I clicked "settings" then. After which a dialog appeared asking if I wanted to allow pointroll.com to access my camera and mike. It had already been set to "deny", so no problem AFAIK.

This makes me wonder.

Maybe all it would take is a small registry change to turn mike and camera on (for pointroll.com) ? I assume there could be a legitimate use for this, such as live customer support, but I sure don't like the idea of this capability being there.

I wonder if my Zone Alarm would catch surreptitious breakin's by this route? I guess I'll have to go into ZA and try to disable it?

Any comments?

David H.

P.S.
I got rid of the ad by blocking images from pointroll / ebay by "blocking" images from pointroll in FF tools | options.

davidh
November 26th, 2005, 12:14 PM
I got rid of the ad by blocking images from pointroll / ebay by "blocking" images from pointroll in FF tools | options.

Firefox Flashblock extension is a better way to block flash garbage:

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&category=Web%20Annoyances&numpg=10&id=433

Judy G. Russell
November 27th, 2005, 08:06 AM
Firefox Flashblock extension is a better way to block flash garbage:

https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&category=Web%20Annoyances&numpg=10&id=433
Flashblock and Adblock (http://adblock.mozdev.org/) are about the best things since sliced bread IMO.

davidh
November 27th, 2005, 03:34 PM
Flashblock and Adblock (http://adblock.mozdev.org/) are about the best things since sliced bread IMO.
It's too bad that there are other apps that I use that also run Flash.

Apparently it requires a hack of the registry to disable Flash globally, and that's not always desireable. There might be a few no ad Flash presentations worth viewing?

David H.

davidh
November 27th, 2005, 06:57 PM
It's too bad that there are other apps that I use that also run Flash.

My Flashblock is still working in FF, but I just got a Flash Ad on Yahoo that apparently it could not block :-(

David H.

Judy G. Russell
November 27th, 2005, 08:46 PM
The only thing for sure about any of these extensions is that advertisers will work their fingers to the bone to defeat them.