[Dshield] Requester pop-ups

Keith Smith keith.smith at keiths-place.com
Sat Aug 3 08:31:39 GMT 2002

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> On a sophisticated software firewall you may have features 
> providing Privacy Control.
> 1.	Cookie control
> 2.	Ad blocking
> 3.	Mobile code control 

I note that you avoided mentioning ZA Pro's name there, well done.  ;-)

Seriously though, I have had very mixed success with privacy control software, ZA Pro included.  I have found that ad blocking and code control software never seems to be intelligent enough and tends to get in the way of site function.  For example, my bank's online services seem to be a triple whammy: session cookies, popups (login screens, calendars, etc.), and code (date selectors, initial form validation, etc.)

I hit enough of these types of sites that I tend to surf without "privacy control" because it just gets in the way.

The thing that is missing is context: "it is OK for this site to do these things".  A solution that is similar to Netscape's approach to cookie control might be more effective: where you state what is always unacceptable (e.g. 3rd party cookies) and prompt for site wide cookie acceptance when you first visit a site, and that decision is then remembered.

But then you are back to the problem of pestering the user with too many questions...


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