Some people might call me fussy. Or perhaps “uptight”. Or tell me to “chill” or even to “get a life”. Why would anyone say such things to a gentle old SilverTiger? Well, because I have rather definite ideas about what is and is not permissible when it comes to approaching people. I don’t mind folk asking me the way but draw the line at “chuggers” and other unsolicited intrusives.
The same goes for the online world. I regard spam as quite execrable. I don’t care what the content of the email is. If the sender has no reasonable expectation that I will welcome his communication, he should not send it.
Spam is not the only unwarranted and unwanted invasion of our online privacy, of course. There is a long list of them from spyware and popups to those sneaky cookies people place on your system in order to track your activities.
Another pet annoyance has hit our screens recently. I refer to those irritating popups from Snap.com. As far as I am concerned, they are useless, bothersome and an unwarranted intrusion. You can get rid of these little intruders on your own WordPress blog. You probably know how to do this but I didn’t, until a kind person told me.* However, this doesn’t stop them appearing when you visit other sites where they are turned on.
You can, of course, click on “Disable” in one of the popups but this is only a temporary solution. This action places a cookie on your system and as long as the cookie is there, Snap.com popups do not appear. (You have to reload any pages open at the time.) But this isn’t much good if, like me, you clear out your cookie infestation when you close your browser because you then have to disable the popups again next time. In any case, why should I have a Snap.com cookie on my PC to stop them giving me popups that I didn’t want in the first place?
Fortunately, there is a solution that doesn’t involve Snap’s own cookies, at least if you use Firefox as your browser. You start by installing the extension called Adblock Plus. This installs easily and quickly. Then you click on Tools > Add-ons. You should see a list of your add-ons in the window that opens. Adblock has a button labelled Options. Click this to bring up the next screen. Click on Add filter… and in the box that opens, type “spa.snap.com” (without the quotes) and then click OK at the bottom of the window.
That seems to stop them in their tracks, at least for now.
*Go to your WordPress Dashboard, click on Presentation and then on Extras. On the resulting window you will see the Snap enabling option which you can untick. Click Update Extras to complete the job.