Site Owners Your Ads May Be Stolen!

Faucet owners are especially dependent on ad revenue. It’s not just income,
you’re paying out money based on the expected income, so you will be actually losing real money if someone is stealing your ad spaces.

About a year ago I installed the bitter.io extension so I could use the Paid to Click site and get some Satoshi. I noticed after a while that all the pages I was visiting had the same ads. This went on for some time and eventually, I narrowed it down to the new extension.

I wrote to the owner and he quickly issued an update to fix it. Leaving aside such disturbing questions as “how can you do something as complex as replacing all the ads on all pages I visit with your own ads by accident?” I carried on my way.

I recently came across an article on the Wordfence blog which explains how such things are done, and how it can be done also by hi-jacking legitimate extensions written by others. More importantly, it tells site owners what they can do about it.

Read more at wordfence.com

Anonymous Ads – Easy, Quick and Not Nosy.


Those who have set up an advertising account with one of the big networks like google will know that it’s not a simple task. If you don’t spend a lot of time filling out forms and going through reams of ‘help’ pages and read a lot, you stand the risk of finding out what you skipped when payment time comes along. Or not… The messages you receive are standard form messages, you’re dealing with a robot, not a human, and you have to wade once again through their terms, conditions and intro pages to figure out what you did wrong.

You could spend many hours on this and still only have scraped the surface. And then if you decide to add another ad company to your portfolio you have to do it all over again! It’s a nightmare worthy of Kafka. Add to this that you have to help the ad agency track everything your users do, for nothing!

Developing Countries Embracing Bitcoin Via Faucets

Teacher coming!

By Ofir Beigel

99Bitocins’ Bitcoin Faucet WordPress plugin is now powering more than 200 Bitcoin sites around the world, allowing more than 2.5 billion unbanked adults from around the world to participate in a permissionless global economy.

The original Bitcoin faucet, created by Gavin Andresen, was a way for new users to experience Bitcoin for free. Today these Bitcoin faucets are still around, only they have changed their purpose from helping people to getting started with Bitcoin into generating revenue through ads for the webmasters that run them.

The First Free Bitcoin Faucet

Gavin Andreson’s faucet was paying 5BTC per day in 2010!

Imagine a faucet giving away 5BTC! That’s what Gavin Andreson’s faucet was paying back in June of 2010. It was his first bitcoin-related coding project and he started it off with ฿1,100. At today’s prices that’s close to $100,000. Your claim of ฿5 would be worth $4,290!

Security Note: Site Gravatars Disabled

We’ve disabled  gravatars (the little avatar icons that show in your profile) because they pose a security threat. Many sites use an avatar service from gravatar.com:

An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.

Apparently the sites using this service load the images using a hash of your address, and this hash can be used to reveal your email address. We believe the small convenience of having a picture follow you around on the web is outweighed by the security risks.

More in this Wordfence.com article.