Comcast's public Wi-Fi hotspots injecting ads into your browsing experience

By Himanshu Arora ยท 8 replies
Sep 9, 2014
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  1. In a move that's bound to raise security concerns, Comcast has started inserting ads on websites you visit while using any of the company's 3.5 million publicly accessible Wi-Fi hotspots across the US.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    As they say, free comes with an AD up your a$$. And according to the providers, it is not the worst-case scenario. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    God-damn I wish they would regulate the ad usage somehow. It is already to the point of half our browsing experience being ads.
  4. Kezhen Gao

    Kezhen Gao TS Member Posts: 24   +20

    Imagine cable subscribers who pay money to have ads broadcasted to their TVs. Can you imagine if cable TV is free with ads and those who pay can watch their programs interrupted? With that in mind, what Comcast is doing is not the worse out there.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I assume they're talking about ad's on mobile devices because it's very possible to have a desktop running on wifi if your're lucky enough to be slap bang in the middle of a wifi hotspot.
    I don't understand why not everybody runs an ad blocking program like AdBlock on their systems unless they're masochists and love the torture. On mobile it's not so clear cut but there are some pretty effective ad blocking apps that can be sideloaded, it's what I did and it works.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    ADS also stands for Addiction Dependency Solution, prescribed by doctors :)
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    I scan the system and it finds 31 ad sites cookies. It was a lot more. I have programmed the enterprise manage router to block out by IP these ad sites. I have another 31 more to ad. The same can be done in the HOST file but you would put the in there to block them if you want to connect to any site using Comcast WiFi HotSpot.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    I'm glad that my att uverse internet hasn't had an outage for a month. Must have fixed it.

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