Edward Snowden says it's your 'duty' to install ad blockers

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Edward Snowden’s embrace of the free flow of information apparently doesn’t apply to online ads.

In an interview with The Intercept, the government surveillance whistleblower gave some advice on how average citizens can shield their privacy online. One of the less obvious security tips: flip on an ad blocker

Everybody should be running adblock software, if only from a safety perspective …

We’ve seen internet providers like Comcast, AT&T, or whoever it is, insert their own ads into your plaintext http connections. … As long as service providers are serving ads with active content that require the use of Javascript to display, that have some kind of active content like Flash embedded in it, anything that can be a vector for attack in your web browser — you should be actively trying to block these. Because if the service provider is not working to protect the sanctity of the relationship between reader and publisher, you have not just a right but a duty to take every effort to protect yourself in response. Read more…

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