Chrome plans to cripple ad blockers

Discussion in 'Internet and Technology' started by MagicalAzareal, May 29, 2019.

  1. MagicalAzareal

    MagicalAzareal Magical Developer

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  2. mysiteguy

    mysiteguy Administrator

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    Fantastic news. Hopefully it will put a dent in the number of leaches visiting.
     
  3. doubt

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    They might change their mind when Chrome users change to other browsers.


     
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  4. MarkFL

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    I've been using Firefox for 15 years now, and I'm a loyal fan, but if they took away my ability to block ads, I'd find another browser real quicklike. :)
     
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  5. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

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    Same here. UBlock origin has been a godsend, and I install similar plugins on every browser I use.
     
  6. R0binHood

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    No way am I ditching ublock for any of my personal PC's, business computers and those of friends and family.

    If this happens we'll switch to firefox straight away. No brainer.
     
  7. Alfa1

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  8. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    If you browse mostly at home, you might want to consider setting up a cheap pihole as an DNS server. It will remove ads and tracking scripts at that device's level, so you might not need ad blockers installed on all your mobile devices, browsers and smartv...

    More https://pi-hole.net/
     
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  9. Anakin

    Anakin Neophyte

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    Ah, Google doing the evil things they swore not to do.

    LeadCrow Pihole works at DNS level only. Content blockers also work for, well, content. For example, you can't block Youtube ads at DNS level, but you can with a content blocker like uBlock Origin installed in the browser.
     
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  10. Joeychgo

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    Ad blockers did it to themselves. They block all ads, which is a mistake. All ads aren't problematic. Blocking all ads is overkill and really makes ad companies like google look for work arounds. If ad blockers would have gone after problematic ads, or maybe blocked all but the first 3 ads on a page, or something more reasonable like that, people wouldnt be looking to get around them.
     
  11. mysiteguy

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    Throw in their extortion practices as well to get on their whitelists, and these companies certainly fall into the "do evil" category themselves.
     
  12. Joeychgo

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    Yeah. My point is, they could have blocked ads in a more reasonable manner, which would have encouraged sites and ad companies to step up their game and improve.
     
  13. zappaDPJ

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    I still maintain that ad-blockers would do better to install with nothing blocked.
     
  14. MagicalAzareal

    MagicalAzareal Magical Developer

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    Uh. No. When you download an add-on to block ads, you don't want to block "some" of the ads but all of the ads. Add-ons which aren't capable of doing this perish in the free market.
     
  15. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

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    and that is overkill. You want to block when there is too many ads, or obnoxious ads -- but to block ALL ads is overkill, which encourages ad companies like google and website owners to look for ways around it.
     
  16. MagicalAzareal

    MagicalAzareal Magical Developer

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    People don't like ads, so they go for the add-on which is best at getting rid of them.
    There have been plenty of "acceptable ads" initiatives and they have failed.
     
  17. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

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    Too bad. Websites have to be paid for somehow. People need to get over it. I welcome browsers screwing with adblockers.
     
  18. zappaDPJ

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    I downloaded an ad-blocker to block the ads on one site only because a) it crashed my browser and b) their pop-ads contain sound. Ad-blockers are also extreamly useful for confirming those 'bugs' that are not bugs reported by people using ad-blockers.

    It doesn't bother me too much if people use ad-blockers, I just wish there was one that allowed you to create your own blacklist.
     
  19. MagicalAzareal

    MagicalAzareal Magical Developer

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    They do allow you to do that, to my knowledge.
     
  20. Jura

    Jura Devotee

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    I sometimes make an exception for a site I like if they ask to disable my blocker without putting a big message right in view of everything or block all the content till their site is unblocked. Like just ask a lil nicely and put what you use to put ads on the site.

    Look at it from an end user. Look at how hostile Reddit is to smaller sites. Subs limit what image hosts to use, what video sites to link to, and generally hostile to anything they haven't seen before. You're either out to infect them with something, scam, fill Reddit with your site's links, or to make money off them. People think having a .com means you're a company.
     
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