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View Poll Results: Privacy Solution of the Year
Adblock Plus 65 23.99%
Adguard AdBlocker 2 0.74%
Disconnect 1 0.37%
DoNotTrackMe 2 0.74%
Ghostery 14 5.17%
GnuPG 41 15.13%
HTTPS Everywhere 7 2.58%
KeePassX 21 7.75%
LastPass 16 5.90%
NoScript 42 15.50%
PasswordMaker 1 0.37%
Privoxy 5 1.85%
Tor Browser Bundle 36 13.28%
TrueCrypt 12 4.43%
CipherShed 0 0%
Privacy Badger 2 0.74%
Adblock Edge 1 0.37%
uBlock 2 0.74%
Tails 1 0.37%
Whonix 0 0%
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #31
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Adblock Edge, HTTPS-Everywhere, Privacy Badger are my standard FF add-ons.
 
Old 01-14-2015, 11:42 AM   #32
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I understand that these categories are designed to be as inclusive as possible to limit the number of polls, but Tor is not a privacy solution, it is an anonymity solution, and they are different at least in principle.
 
Old 01-14-2015, 04:43 PM   #33
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Good stuff found as usual from LQ's MCA's. Thanks. From now on in some of its polls I will have to simply reply rater than vote. Like this one for example; I will always use and like two or more privacy solutions, that's just common sense...

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Old 01-16-2015, 12:50 AM   #34
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Thumbs up Privacy Badger

Hmmm... close call this category but after some reflection I decided to vote Privacy Badger. They've just made so much progress on this project they deserve it.

Closely followed by Adblock Edge and NoScript.

Sadly, all have become essential in modern web times.
 
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:51 PM   #35
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Here's a new adblocker:

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock

µBlock - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

Currently using it instead of my usual Adblock Edge, seems pretty good so far.
 
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:52 PM   #36
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µBlock has been added.

--jeremy
 
Old 01-22-2015, 12:15 AM   #37
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Here's a new adblocker:

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock

µBlock - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

Currently using it instead of my usual Adblock Edge, seems pretty good so far.
Unfortunate choice of name, since most configurations are not going to be supporting mu w/o extra work. But I guess a search on "uBlock" is next best.

Anyhow, why did you switch over from adblock edge to this? Author's claim that uBlock is much more cpu and memory efficient. Is that your experience or just b.s. hyperbole?

Additionally, adblock edge is downloadable from mozilla.org, wh, I think, means it's gone through some basic audit. Apparently you're comfortable grabbing whatever from git? Or do you know the authors?

Curious....
 
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:22 AM   #38
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Anyhow, why did you switch over from adblock edge to this? Author's claim that uBlock is much more cpu and memory efficient. Is that your experience or just b.s. hyperbole?

Additionally, adblock edge is downloadable from mozilla.org, wh, I think, means it's gone through some basic audit. Apparently you're comfortable grabbing whatever from git? Or do you know the authors?
In my tests so far, RAM usage is quite a bit less than Adblock Edge in FF (30-80MB), and pages load faster.

Seems to be a relatively new project, and so not vetted by mozilla.org yet. I'm willing to give it a shot.

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Old 01-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #39
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How has adblock plus sold out?

I know it permits non-invasive ads by default as opposed to blocking everything.
But you can disable that with one option.

Does it permit more then that?
 
Old 01-23-2015, 12:07 AM   #40
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How has adblock plus sold out?

I know it permits non-invasive ads by default as opposed to blocking everything.
But you can disable that with one option.

Does it permit more then that?
Adblock Plus formely blocked _ALL_ADS_ it detected by default. That's kind of the purpose of an adblocker. Then... Google dangled bunches of $ in front of their noses and they implemented this hair brained "white listing" of "non-intrusive" ads nonsense. In my mind, and the proof is in the pudding that I'm not unique, that is a sell out.

Hence, Ad Block Edge forked. Most (pretty much all) non technical people I know who've been using Adblock Plus aren't even aware of this change in policy and typically quite shocked when I enlighten them. And I don't think a one of them has not switched to adblock edge.

Adblockers are supposed to block ads. It's why they're called ad blockers ;-)
 
Old 01-23-2015, 12:10 AM   #41
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In my tests so far, RAM usage is quite a bit less than Adblock Edge in FF (30-80MB), and pages load faster.

Seems to be a relatively new project, and so not vetted by mozilla.org yet. I'm willing to give it a shot.
Yes, this does look to be significantly more effecient resource wise. Noticeably faster browser launch and page loads. Say "Hello" to my new adblocker Thanks for the pointer.

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Old 01-23-2015, 07:52 AM   #42
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Yes, this does look to be significantly more effecient resource wise. Noticeably faster browser launch and page loads. Say "Hello" to my new adblocker Thanks for the pointer.
You are very welcome. I'm actually quite shocked at how much better/faster it it; a very pleasant surprise, indeed.
 
Old 01-23-2015, 10:07 AM   #43
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Adblock Plus formely blocked _ALL_ADS_ it detected by default. That's kind of the purpose of an adblocker. Then... Google dangled bunches of $ in front of their noses and they implemented this hair brained "white listing" of "non-intrusive" ads nonsense. In my mind, and the proof is in the pudding that I'm not unique, that is a sell out.

Hence, Ad Block Edge forked. Most (pretty much all) non technical people I know who've been using Adblock Plus aren't even aware of this change in policy and typically quite shocked when I enlighten them. And I don't think a one of them has not switched to adblock edge.

Adblockers are supposed to block ads. It's why they're called ad blockers ;-)
Ok. I didn't know that, so I looked into the "whitelist"
While google does make up a portion of the whitelist, there is a large amount of sites whitelisted that are not google.
Also, ads are required to be static and non-intrusive - something I had noticed while forgetting that I had adblock plus.
I don't mind a static box with some text in the corner. I DO mind a giant car driving across my screen (yahoo awhile back)

For many sites, ads are their only source of revenue. I guess the three options people have are:
  • Allow all ads: java, static, flash -- Intrusive/non-intrusive
  • Allow some ads: static -- non-intrusive
  • Allow no ads: ..

I'm sorry to hear you & your non-tech friends would prefer to deprive site owners literally any revenue than view ANY ads.
Unless of course you donate money to them? In which case I retract that.
Much of my setup is for privacy, (noscript, adblock plus - yes, https-everywhere, etc) but I think I'll stick with static ads
unless I hear a better reason then "adblockers should block ads".

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Old 01-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #44
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That said, it's important to note that using a blocker is NOT theft. Don't fall for this creepy idea. The ultimate logical consequence of blocking = theft is the criminalisation of the inalienable right to privacy.

Ads, "unintrusive" or not, are just the visible portions of privacy-invading apparatus entering your browser when you visit most sites nowadays. µBlock's main goal is to help users neutralize such privacy-invading apparatus — in a way that welcomes those users who don't wish to use more technical, involved means (such as µMatrix).
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock

That pretty much sums it up. I also don't see ads as a business model working for much longer. You realize that less that 0.01% of ads are ever clicked intentionally. Ad companies are Satan's spawn, period. Don't expect me to feel any remorse or care how others are getting their revenue from them.
 
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:17 AM   #45
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Here's a new adblocker:

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
Another thank you! This beats all I have used so far for memory and speed - on my older hardware that is a big ++!

I have just passed it out to my stress testers (daughters and wife), smiles all around so far!
 
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