How our Ad Blocker for iOS Keeps You Safe from Malware—And What You Need to Know About It

An ad blocker does more than simply block annoying, disruptive ads. It can also keep you safe from malware. Even the most popular sites can fall victim to an attack, infecting thousands of users at once. Using an ad blocker for your iOS device will keep your data safe while browsing

Stay Protected

AdClear for iPhone will be able to protect you from the potentially harmful malware hidden underneath various ads. It is a common practice for malicious users to hack into ad servers and redirect users to infected sites. A study by Zscaler has revealed the existence of compromised sites containing ads which led to ransomware.

How Scary Is Ransomware, Anyway?

If you’re thinking that you can risk being unprotected against ransomware, think again. Corrupted ads contain manipulated codes that aim for weak points or leaks in your browser, infiltrating your system. Since advertisements are so common on websites, they are not usually interpreted as threatening. Users can get affected with the malware within minutes—or seconds. Barkly conducted a test to check how fast ransomware encrypts files, and this was the shocking result:

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  • Virlock: 201 seconds (3 minutes 21 seconds)
  • TeslaCrypt 0: 28 seconds
  • CTB-Locker: 45 seconds
  • TeslaCrypt 3.0: 45 seconds
  • Petya: 27 seconds
  • Chimera: 18 seconds
  • CryptoWall: 960 seconds (16 minutes)

After your files have been encrypted, a pop-up reads that you will only get back your data after following guidelines that they have described. On iPhones, ransomware can lock users from phone unless they pay the compulsory ransom to the hackers.

If you don’t want to be on the receiving end of ransomware, it is better that you use an ad blocker to block ads that may contain potentially harmful malware.

Oh, and to answer your question of how dangerous ransomware can be, FBI actually advises victims of ransomware to just pay the ransom.

On this note…

How Can SEVEN AdClear for iOS Help Me?

Using an ad blocker would make your life easier as you would be able to steer clear away from disruptive ads. By removing any chance that you can click on ads by mistake, you will remain protected. SEVEN AdClear for iOS is efficient and will block all kinds of ads for you. You can turn it on and off any time you want—giving you full control over your browsing experience. Your data is not routed through SEVEN’s servers, which provides you extra privacy as well. If you want to download it, here’s the link.

If you want to learn more about the product, or the dangers of ransomware, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Christian Sandlin
csandlin@seven.com

About SEVEN Networks

SEVEN Networks software solutions deliver device-centric mobile traffic management and analytics for wireless carriers. Extending control from the network to the mobile client gives operators the power to manage and optimize data traffic before it impacts the network. Device-based analytics offer deeper and timelier insight than solutions that are solely network based. SEVEN’s Open Channel products reduce operator costs, increase efficiency in the use of wireless infrastructure, and enhance end-user experience. They bring immediate capacity relief to overloaded networks, simplify the creation of innovative new service plans, and provide actionable intelligence for mobile carriers.
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