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The Persistence of Malware

The ever-changing digital advertising ecosystem has one constant: Malware. Vigilance is the onus of every publisher. Securing the digital advertising ecosystem is easier said than done. The malware emergency du jour differs—this year’s phishing scams and scroll jacking could have been last year’s mobile redirects and app auto-installs. Meanwhile, users…

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Ops 2017: The Video Preview Series

There's a lot for attendees to look for at 2017's expanded version of Ops (June 5-6 in New York), and in the interim, we have something for you to look at. AdMonsters rolled out a series of preview videos earlier this week, where you can scope out what you can…

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What Is Malware?

Malware is a blanket term that applies to any software planted on the user’s device with malicious intent. It’s come a long way from that old bogeyman of the rogue hacker launching “gotcha!” viruses, which captured the public imagination in the ‘90s. Now it’s a very different bogeyman, and malware…

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What Are Private Marketplaces?

A private marketplace is an invite-only programmatic auction. A publisher sets aside certain inventory, or a group of publishers pool inventory they’ve set aside, and grants approval to certain buyers who can bid on it. In theory, PMPs were created to combine the most appealing elements of direct sales and…

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The Buy Side Knows How It Can Improve Ad Experience: New FreeWheel Report

There’s a new report out from FreeWheel called "Advancing the Ad Experience," where the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video and study partner Advertiser Perceptions surveyed brand and agency execs about the ad experience in digital video, and the challenges to it. The report concluded—surprise!—that “the process and responsibility starts with…

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What’s Ahead for the Header

“I hate the term header bidding,” a friend and industry resource told me over a cold beer. “It’s too catchy—it sounds like another piece of ad-tech buzzword BS.”I’d argue “tagless tech”—the first name I heard in reference to header-based executions—was far worse (and horribly untrue). But my friend’s dislike really…

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What Is the Waterfall?

You may hear a lot these days (particularly on a header-cheerleading site like this one) about the ad-server waterfall being vanquished like some fairy-tale villain. Well, it’s not entirely gone, and similar to many foes in children’s stories, it wasn’t always such a bad thing—it was simply exploited. In the…

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