Sunday, August 23, 2015

Is that cheesy "leave this page" pop-up harmful?

Some websites, especially those that try to sell financial planning or health-related services by introducing themselves with long-winded and leading videos or articles with many pages, come up with a javascript “leave this page” pop-up.  That may be appropriate when closing a page on which you had to complete a transaction that had already started, but it seems cheesy and manipulative, even intimidating, as a sales technique.  Is it harmful to your PC?
Apparently not.  Here are a few write-ups, on UK PCadvisor, Microsoft, and super user.
Picture: Real life "Traffic jam" at the Segamore Bridge to Cape Cod, weekend, early Aug. 2015. 


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