In a new interview with The Intercept, Edward Snowden offers some wide-ranging advice on what the average citizen can do to protect their privacy. Among those tidbits offered by the famous leaker: flip on an ad-blocker when you're browsing the web.
I can't think that'll go down too well with the website owners who rely on advertising revenue to survive!
Website owners should only allow non-intrusive ads, so people don't feel they NEED an adblocker to browse the internet. So many sites who ruin their own appeal by having big pop-ups and new pages appear to annoy their visitors, who quickly leave and abandon the site completely.
i wouldnt mind ads if they werent so annoying. but the endless pop-ups and the tracking of some of them is just insane to a point of being unbearable. adblock simply removes that annoyance.
...and that's assuming this it doesn't crash your browser.
I disable it on websites that I purchase things from because it can cause glitches on those type of websites. But other than that it pretty much stays enabled for all other websites including this one.
Snowden has become the patron saint of the interwebs.
No, he is the Patron Saint of Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
Well the thing about the US constitution is that its jurisdiction kind of lies within the boundaries of the US. While the NSA believes they have the right to monitor phone and internet activity of non US citizens the world over. I'm glad he left them red faced and exposed their nonsense.
ad-blockers are a serious threat to advertisement business. Companies will have to think of inventing new ways to advertise on Mobiles and PCs, as Ad-blocking is picking up rapidly among Mobile users.
I remember some ad company saying not too long ago that "maybe we were too aggressive with ads" and apologising to the public. Thing is I don't mind ads, as long as they're relevant and not intrusive, the ones that fly up and obscure the entire webpage and you have to wait for them to bugger off (looking at you dualshockers) really rustle my jimmies though.
I am ok with ads as long as they are not intrusive like a pop up or something, those using those kind of ads deserve the middle finger of add-block.
Anyone complaining about how that's how websites make their money should ask themselves when the last time THEY clicked an ad, and not by accident.
showing ads on a corner of the site is okay but pop-ups after clicking any and every thing on the page or ads in the middle of the video is a royal bull-S! If youtubers aren't pleased with all the subscribers and likes they have, they should get a real job! And now this new thing that says "you can't enter the page because you have AdBlock on" makes me want to protest! if I want ads i turn on TV!
As someone who runs two websites I both love and hate adblock. I use it to enable it on websites that have audio/video ads that run automatically and ones with pop-ups. At the same time adblock kills my revenue since the last time I estimated it about 75% of my users use it(video game website). I go through and approve/deny ads on a weekly basis and only show text/image/rich image ads(no audio or videos) that are off to the side. While I agree that adblock is a good thing it does hurt the small guys in the end.
Sites I frequent I always have it off. I know the game and how ads essentially keep the lights on.
The real ADS ill accept... not this "See how sally makes $4000 a month working from home" crap... that is just pure stupidity ads...
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