Inside Secure Shields Ads Against Blockers

Inside Secure at IBC 2018 unveiled a package to meet the growing challenge of ad blocking which is depleting online revenues for many commercial broadcasters and video service providers.

The firm headquartered in Finland has moved into the video arena from its base in security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services by developing technology that makes it difficult for blockers to separate ads from the surrounding content.

“Some service providers are losing 20% to 30% of revenues to ad blockers,” said Martin Bergenwall, Inside Secure Senior Vice President, Products. Bergenwall argued that approaches taken so far relying on voluntary disabling of blockers by consumers were not working. “We have seen some approaches where the operator detects an ad blocker and asks the user to disable it. Instead we are hiding the ads so that it is impossible for the ad blocker to differentiate the content from the ads.”

It is not much use neutering ad blocking without recording that the ad has actually been successfully delivered and viewed. Therefore, the technology also tracks the ads and brings the information back so that it is counted for monetization purposes. Just as importantly, the company has tapped its expertise and technology in IoT security to guard against ad fraud, which is also a cause of revenue losses for advertisers themselves, although that has yet to be incorporated. “We are addressing the ad fraud problem, such as generating fake clicks to make it look like an ad has been viewed many times,” said Bergenwall. “That would be the publisher or Service Provider and we have a prototype ready for availability by the end of the year.”

Of course, service providers must be careful to keep their subscribers onside and not annoy them with irrelevant ads that disturb their viewing. Therefore, Bergenwall stresses that ad blockers will still be employed but just to block annoying ads while allowing legitimate ones identified as being relevant for a given user being allowed through. Clearly with growth in targeting over OTT there is scope for greater discrimination in ad delivery in future. Bergenwall recommends that content publishers and service providers follow principles laid down by bodies like the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) whose writ covers the US and Europe, so that they take a suitably conservative approach to bypassing ad blockers.

The Inside Secure Advertising Protection package has three modules at present. First is the Advertising Protection Client, which protects ad tracking information against ad blockers as well as hacker replay, replacement and spoofing attacks. Second is the Advertising Protection Server, which secures the communication between a client device displaying ads and the ad server. Third is the Advertising Protection Service, which tracks fraudulent activity on end user devices and displays the impacts.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Articles You May Have Missed – October 11, 2017

AES67 audio networking was a hot topic at IBC. To help readers better understand the technology, The Broadcast Bridge has released a 3-part series written by Andreas Hildebrand, Senior Product Manager and Evangelist for RAVENNA technology. If your work touches…

Automated Ad Detection is a Game-Changer for OTT Content Aggregators

While viewers shift their focus from traditional linear TV broadcast to online viewing, the OTT space is growing rapidly. The Accenture report “The Future of Broadcasting V” claims that “TV viewing on traditional platforms is declining at an accelerated pace,” while O…

Special Edition: Super Bowl LI—Technology Insight: Trucks, Technology and Production: Part 1

Every year the NFL Super Bowl creates a level of excitement uncommon for most sporting events and this year’s event was no exception. The broadcast provided viewers with a dazzling Lady Gaga half-time show and the stunning and record-breaking, c…

Fox Debuts Local Ad Insertion in Live Super Bowl LI Stream

Super Bowl LI will stream live online for free but with insertion of local ads for the first time. The ads will be dynamically inserted based on where a viewer is watching the NFL’s championship contest.

At IBC Imagine Communications Helps Broadcasters “Monetize The Wait”

Heading into the 2018 IBC Show, vendors are jockeying to help support a broadcast industry that has seen—at least in the U.S.—widespread consolidation and an ever-increasing content race that have reduced equipment budgets and merged disparate technology infrastructures. The…