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Consequences of Windows SP2 on Affiliate Marketing
Biggest Security Upgrade to Windows Coming in August

 6:49 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

With the recent flurry of security holes in M$ products, they are preparing to unveil a very comprehensive upgrade. It will include a Windows firewall, which will automatically be enabled. If the upgrade encompasses ad blocking similar to NIS, results could be disastrous on affiliate marketing.

What are the rest of you doing to prepare for this possibility?


Michael Anthony

 7:39 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

NOT getting into a panic over nothing like you :)


 8:01 am on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Who is panicking? Effective leaders attempt to evaluate all possible scenarios before a conflict arises. Generals who go into battle without being prepared get slaughtered.


 7:42 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

The biggest difference I am aware of is built in popup blocking in IE. Needs to be taken into consderation for any sites using popups for any purpose.

Adblocking would be huge, but I don't think they would enable widespread blocking as a default, even if it is a feature.

And I agree, being proactive to such imminent changes is wise, not foolish panic as some might think.


 8:12 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think they would enable widespread blocking as a default

Yeah, unlike Norton, MS makes money showing ads, which I'm guessing is why the pop-up blocker has taken so long to be incorporated.

Richard Overvold

 8:31 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

For those of you worried about popups and whatnot, take a peak at this.. [adoutput.com...]


 10:42 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

For those of you worried about popups and whatnot, take a peak at this.. [adoutput.com...]

My pop-up blocker blocked there first pop-up they give when you go to there site. With all the examples it looks like they are just using a javascript on the page that looks like a new window on the main page when people have there pop-ups blocked. Then the little x to close it is actually just a link that opens a link in a new window set to a certain size. Like a pop-up but requiring a click first. Not automatic.

Anyways as far as Windows SP2 being more secure, I say it is about time! Let's hope it really is going to be as secure as they say this time. I seriously doubt that microsoft of all companies would block cookies as a default. Anyone can block cookies, but they wouldn't do that as the default. No way. So nothing to worry about as an affiliate.

Actually I think it will be a big help to affiliates because it should curb the drive by spyware/theifware downloads and auto-installs that cause all these people to get that stuff without even knowing or choosing to have it on there computer.

Richard Overvold

 12:47 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well, using the Google toolbar, which I would like to hope they have a pretty good blocker, I was going through some of their examples, I have a friend of mine who knows his stuff about this, and he says it's pretty good as far as detecting popup stoppers, and bypassing them. And if this guy says they are good, then they are good.


 1:28 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oh I'm not saying it's not good at all. It looks like a good solution. I was just trying to figure out what it was there code was doing. Not that I'm very technical... at all! : )

Richard Overvold

 1:40 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Actually, it's very interesting what they are doing. And I'm going to have to say, at least 70% of internet users will have popups bypass their stoppers if this was used on, say your site. Now, if affiliate companies who are paying you to put their ads up found out about it, they may not agree with it, but then again, they may because they'll receive more sale/clicks/leads, ect..

Very nice program, and if I were using popups, I would certainly use this program.

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