Category Archives: Security

Justifying the Weird

What’s the success rate for people trying to evade marketing surveillance on the web? I think it’s zero. Check out the story of Ross William Ulbricht AKA “Dread Pirate Roberts” of Silk Road infamy. He was alleged to be responsible … Continue reading

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Another Day, More Digital Fraud

How many of your ad tech and mar tech technology providers called you in September and October and said “Hey, we’re seeing some odd things happening and we think maybe there’s some new fraud taking place. Maybe you should cut … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Project: Security and Privacy

Next week, as you’re doing your annual IT work for parents, in-laws, aunts and uncles, take a few minutes and talk about protecting privacy and improving their cybersecurity. This Motherboard article, recommended by Bruce Schneier, is a great place to … Continue reading

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Adtech Social Engineering

Looks like some of the shady players in adtech (a large group from which to choose) are resorting to social engineering to get around ads.txt. What should you add to ads.txt? Nothing. By the way, I think an ads.txt file … Continue reading

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Occam’s Bots

I was reading “Mythbusting Digital Ad Fraud” by Dr. Augustine Fou this morning and this quote struck me: “Do you think humans really spend 30 mins a day ON AVERAGE watching videos on mobile? They may, but there is an … Continue reading

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Assume Fraud Is Worse

When you’re looking to reduce your ad fraud rates, always: Pick the vendor that detects the most fraud Check every impression (not a sample) for fraud Look for brokered traffic (it’s garbage) Assume fraud is worse than you think Don’t be … Continue reading

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Ad Fraud Crash Course

It’s relatively easy to educate yourself on advertising fraud. There’s a bunch of good videos from security expertis and, yes ad fraud prevention vendors, about how it works and what you–as an advertiser or agency–might be able to do about it. Continue reading

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Digital Media Transparency. Bravo P&G!

P&G is starting out 2017 in a strong fashion, by saying “NO” to the nonsense taking place in the digital marketing ecosystem. All advertisers–that means your organization–should follow suit. Watch Mark Pritchard’s full talk below:

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Building Blockchains of Trust

I recommend this good article on how the concept of the blockchain (the root of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) works as a distributed database, improving trust and removing cost by eliminating the need for third parties. I can imagine using this … Continue reading

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OODA Loops for Incident Response, Marketing, and Communication…

Succeeding in cybersecurity means getting inside the other guy’s OODA loop. Good essay by Bruce Schneier. I’ve used the OODA loop (mostly) accidentally and intentionally for years. Here’s how you can apply it to multichannel marketing. Why not “get inside … Continue reading

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