You're minding your own business on the Internet, ogling yarn or knitting blogs or Googling your ex or whatever. Out of nowhere, you start getting those pesky little pop ups. Some of them are definitely not safe for work, and it seems like the more you click them away, the more they appear, cluttering up your screen.
How many times has it happened to you? Even with your virus protection, pop up blocker, etc, etc, etc, how many times have you experienced something similar to this?
Most of the time, it's a minor annoyance. Not for Jule Amero. For her, the very situation everyone who has ever browsed the Internet has experienced to some extent cost her her job, her peace of mind, and could send her to prison for FORTY YEARS. A substitute teacher who had pornographic pop ups appear on her computer during class, Amero is now facing jail time. Click here to read the story, and click here to donate to her defense fund.
Reading this story which was brought to my attention over at Scout's made me insane with anger. I have had this same exact thing happen to me while out on a jobsite. The site had a computer that was shared by about 4 users. When I arrived to troubleshoot a minor issue, the minute I opened the web browser, I was swamped with pornographic pop ups. After researching the issue with our IT guy, it was determined that a virus and adware had attacked the computer, making it impossible to avoid the pop ups. This woman was not even given the benefit of the doubt and is now being accused of endangering children. If this story doesn't make you DO something, I don't know what will.