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is a really good and easy-to-use ad-blocker for your web browser. It also blocks some other threats to your privacy.

You can install it from your browser's add-on or extensions menu, and it's available for all major browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Edge and Opera.

It works well alongside , and switching.social recommends you install both.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT install "uBlock", it has a similar name but is a totally different app.

@switchingsocial Yup, it's a while I use uBlock Origin as Firefox addon, it works smoothly and it is far less invasive than Adblock Plus

@switchingsocial Good point. So confusing. I was running the rip-off for months now.
Exported the settings, installed the Origin version and imported everything there.

Works fine again.

@switchingsocial uMatrix is a great tool too. It allows fine grained control about what content is loaded from which site.
For 'advanced' users only.

@switchingsocial
I've been using it for years (in Chrome & Firefox). Really granular settings. And CPU-friendly.

@switchingsocial I've been using it in conjunction with Privacy Badger in Chrome for quite a while. Super easy to use, and speeds things up.

@switchingsocial @switchingsocial I recommend Ghostery. It’s faster and more memory efficient.

@melgu @switchingsocial Sorry, but an app that saves all your settings on "their" server? I used Ghostery long ago. But the day you couldn't open the configuration page locally anymore (but it brought you to "their" server), I ditched it.

@t0k I was long time afraid uMatrix would be to complicated. Until the day I finally tried it. Smooth and easy! (hasn't it even a beginners mode?) Replaced NoScript for me.

@IzzyOnDroid
I'm using uBlock Origin and uMatrix together. By me both Addons work in "hard mode" so every connection to third parties and website element as scripts, images etc will blocked by default. So the the website loads only the things which i allow him.
And additional i use a Addon which blocks the canvas shit.
@melgu @switchingsocial @t0k

@UnicornKnight @melgu @switchingsocial @t0k Except for the canvas part, that's about my setup as well. Just not the "ultra hard mode" 😄

@melgu @switchingsocial hmm, Ghostery faster and more memory efficient than uBlock Origin ? Seems impossible to me. uBlock Origin works out of the box, zero seconds after install and is super efficient, and made by a friendly dev. chap. I've stopped using Ghostery years ago because not just once but more often it wanted to be configured, and I read bad things about Ghostery.
After some searching now : Looks like Ghostery went open source in 2018, and changed their business model.
https://gizmodo.com/ad-blocker-ghostery-celebrates-gdpr-day-by-revealing-hu-1826338313 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery#Criticism - "While the email fuck up was likely a simple mistake, Ghostery, which blocks trackers scattered on websites that collect personal data from users, has come under fire for some of its practices in the past. For nearly a year, the company faced criticism for selling anonymized user data to businesses. It has since changed to a business model that sells analytics data about ads and offers an affiliate marketing program to users."
@switchingsocial Wait, what? I've been using uBlock for the last few months! Grr.. Well, switching to uBlock Origin was easy enough
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