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Pop-up ads and spyware software

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Have you ever had an advertisement ‘pop-up’ on your computer when you are browsing the internet?  Or, when you close your browser other browser windows are open that you did not open?

When viewing a website, a pop-up ad may display and it looks like the site being viewing initiated the advertisement.  However, this is not necessarily the case.  These ‘pop-ups’ can be created by another website or initiated by software that you have installed on your computer.  Most people are unaware that the pop-up ad has no connection with the website they are viewing.

Freeware, shareware, and multimedia players, etc. that you can install from the Internet may contain code that tracks your surfing habits and displays content, such as pop-up ads.  Some examples of this type of ‘spyware’ software are:

  • Gator
  • Kazza

how do you stop pop-up ads and protect your privacy?

You could stop surfing the Internet and installing software but that is an impractical solution.

The best recommendation we can provide is to become informed.  Do an Internet search using the keywords ‘spyware’ or ‘pop-up ads’ to find out more information so you can protect yourself.

Other steps you can take are:

  • delete your browser cookies on a regular basis;
  • review the terms of agreement when installing new software; and
  • install pop-up blocker and/or anti-spyware tools on your computer.

The above steps may not completely eliminate unwanted advertising and exchange of your private information but it should help reduce the problem.

capital city savings’ privacy and security committment

Capital City Savings does not endorse nor allow pop-up ads on our site.   We strive to protect your privacy and provide a safe and secure Net Banking environment using the latest in security technology.

Click the links below for more information about Capital City Savings privacy and security practices.

  • Capital City Savings Net Banking Security
  • Capital City Savings Privacy Pledge

other internet security resources

For more information on Internet Security and Practices you may want to visit the websites listed below.

Note:  Capital City Savings cannot vouch for the following websites or the software products they sell.

  • Government of Canada Public Safety Portal
  • Symantec Corporation (free security check)
  • McAfee Security
  • 7 Steps to Security by Microsoft
  • Rogers Surf Safe
  • Telus

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