My online habits have changed in recent years, mostly because of all the trackers that chase you while you browse, and the embedded trackers in various applications that do the same but are not so easily managed or blocked.
For example, there is a CNN app, a Facebook app, a Google app, and apps for many news outlets, and retailers– Amazon, Target, Walmart, et al– I’m looking at you. Those applications track you while you shop and work together to track you while you use other applications or visit other websites.
So, I’ve taken it upon myself to use a browser instead of those tracking applications, and then I use a blocker to block their tracker on the browser.
My favorite blocker is 1Blocker, but it’s one among many, and some give you fewer or more controls. 1Blocker works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. I mean, if you like controlling your own online destiny, how can you not like this?
I love granular controls and 1Blocker is packed with options.
1Blocker has all kinds of built-in rules, so I suggest you start with the basics and then adjust as you need. The pre-installed options are a good start.
What happens when you use a blocker on Safari?
Second, those trackers are blocked and you will use less bandwidth. Website you want to support by allowing advertising can be whitelisted with ease. Custom rules allow you to eliminate specific links and file types within Safari.
Alright, you’re an Apple customer. Mac only? Probably not. That means iPhone and iPad and similar browsing and application use. 1Blocker works on iOS, too.
The granular options for 1Blocker on iOS are not quite as extensive as 1Blocker on macOS High Sierra, but there is enough there to lock down about anything that comes your way. Setup on iPhone could not be much easier. Tap Block Ads. Tap Block Trackers. Done.
The advantage of using a blocker on Mac, iPhone, or iPad is not just limited to blocking ads. My website, NoodleMac, has advertisers but no trackers, no analytics trackers, and no cookies. Most websites have trackers and those add up. Worse, the trackers grab data about your online habits and share it or sell it to other entities.
Google and Facebook are among the worst, of course, and blockers do a good job of reducing their pilferage of your personal data.
There’s another trend among browsers and blockers I need to mention. Browsers that just block everything. Brave does it on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Firefox Focus does it on iPhone. Zero Browser does it on iOS, too. Instead of using news website applications, I’ve taken to using a browser instead. Applications track you, too.