I do pride myself on, generally, knowing what is sensible and what isn’t on the Internet. However, every so often something just catches you out no matter how careful you are.
Well, when I was about to login to write my post just now, I missed on the password and so got the usual ‘try again’ screen, but on that screen was an advert. And it was design exactly like a pop-up window. It asked me to fill in a survey. I didn’t want to (I don’t like surveys), so I clicked the ‘x’ in the top right corner (I never click buttons on these things, they could be programmed to do anything). Except this was a picture, with a link. I ended up at a dating site. So they caught me, because my attention was wandering and now I’m irritated.
This is why we have so many problems with spam, malware and so on still. The weakest link is always the bit between the chair and the keyboard, i.e. us. And people will exploit that endlessly, and always do. The main reason people keep sending out spam is because someone, somewhere, is clicking on the links and showing that a small number of people are still believing spam. It only has to be a very small fraction of a percent, but if sending a million emails is ‘free’ to you, 0.01% is still 100 people.
Making ads look like dialogues and pop ups is an oldee, but it obviously still works, even though its deception. Grrr.