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The AdTech industry has invested a massive amount of time and energy in salvaging the utility of cookies as a means of helping advertisers better find their target audiences. Unfortunately, all of the current industry efforts fall flat when it comes to creating better experiences for consumers, advertisers and publishers, and that’s due to one basic reason: They don’t solve for cross-device.

Ad tech is struggling to transition to a state of full maturity, and that’s largely due to the continued acceptance of half-truths and inadequate technological shortcuts. The truth is that cross-device is being inadequately addressed by many players within the marketing industry, and the vast majority of companies that say they’re enabling cross-device are either openly lying or seriously bending the truth.

Having the power to block devices is of paramount importance when combating organized e-commerce fraud. Quickly identifying and blocking a device being used by a fraudster restricts the possibility that a single device will generate numerous accounts with different payment information on a merchant’s platform. We explain the vital role of cross-device identification in online security.