What's so special about pop-ups?

November 22, 2014 at 00:26:15
Specs: Win 7
This page gives some typical advice about Internet security:


> Common Mistake #3 - Responding to Pop-up Messages and/or
> Unsolicited Emails
> Clicking links in unsolicited emails and pop-up messages is often
> a very quick route to having your computer infected with malware.
> Treat all unsolicited emails with a high degree of suspicion.
> Be leery of any and all pop-up messages. Even innocuous looking
> pop-ups may be clickjacking attempts in disguise. Turn on your
> browser's pop-up blocking feature and also consider using a
> browser plug-in such as NoScript to protect yourself from malicious
> pop-ups.

Why pop-up windows, especially? Are they any more likely to be a
problem than a regular window? If so, why?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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November 22, 2014 at 08:51:53
"Are they any more likely to be a problem than a regular window?"

Not really, it's just that popups might seem a more tempting invitation. Also whatever you click (yes or no) can often mean yes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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