The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.
The advisory warns of hackers buying online ads highly placed in search results to pose as legitimate brands, in order to steal or extort money from targets. Malicious ads also are used to fool victims into installing malware masked as genuine applications.
Ad blockers bar the display of any advertising, making it easier for browsers to find and access the websites of authentic brands.
Ad-blocking Web browser extensions also prevent the tracking code within ads from loading, and some of the most effective ad blockers are available to consumers for free.
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