How to Foil the Web Sites that Block the Ad Blockers

blockedeMarketer found that about a quarter of all U.S. Internet users, nearly 70 million people, use technology to block online ads, either on their desktop or laptop computers or on their smartphones. I am one of those 70 million. I detest all the intrusive advertising and all the privacy-invading tracking of my online activities.

Sophisticated advertising technology has led to the creepy feeling you get when, for example, an item you were shopping for online suddenly shows up in your Facebook feed. Coincidence? Certainly not. The ad companies are tracking me and my online activities. They are tracking you as well. In effect, they are stalking all of us. That’s why millions of people use ad blockers: to stop the online tracking of our activities.

Some web sites have started a war against ad blockers. If you have an ad blocker installed in your web browser and you visit certain web sites, you will see a message that says something similar to this from Wired.com:

“Ads aren’t what you’re here for. But ads help us keep the lights on. So, add us to your ad blocker’s whitelist or pay $1 per week for an ad-free version of WIRED. Either way, you are supporting our journalism. We’d really appreciate it.”

I appreciate the fact that the web site’s owners need to pay the bills. However, my personal privacy and freedom from online stalkers is more important to me than is their need to generate revenue. I don’t want them to pay their bills by tracking my web habits and invading my privacy. I believe the advertisers simply have selected the wrong business models to advertise their wares. Luckily, there is a simple work-around that works for me.

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First Version of Sandboxed Tor Browser Available

tor-logoTo protect Tor users from FBI hacking tools that include all sorts of Firefox zero-days, the Tor Project started working on a sandboxed version of the Tor Browser in September. Over the weekend, the Tor Project released the first alpha version of the sandboxed Tor Browser. “Currently, this version is in an early alpha stage, and only available for Linux,” reports BleepingComputer. “There are also no binaries available, and users must compile it themselves from the source code, which they can grab from here.”

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You Might Want to Use SlimJet for Safe and Secure Web Browsing

A new high-security web browser is now available for Windows and Linux, although not yet for Macintosh. There are several good reasons to switch to the FREE SlimJet web browser in place of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.

SlimJet is the ONLY browser that automatically blocks ALL ads. No plugins, opt-ins or configurations needed. You can enjoy a clean and ad-free web at lightning fast speed.

Slimjet doesn’t send any usage data back to Google like Chrome. Google won’t be able to track you. On top of that, Slimjet is armed with the most advanced anti-tracking technology to thwart various attempts to invade on your privacy (e.g., track your identity or profile your behavior) by the intrusive businesses.

Finally, SlimJet is fast and efficient. It provides faster browser startup, faster page loading, and a highly-responsive user interface. It is faster than other web browsers partly because it doesn’t waste memory, CPU or bandwidth consumed when other browsers display ads.

SlimJet is available under a freeware license. It’s free for both personal and commercial use.

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Opera Releases a Free and Unlimited VPN for iPhone

A few days ago I described the free VPN (Virtual Private Network) that is included with the latest version of the Opera web browser for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. (See http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2016/04/free-vpn-integrated-opera-for-windows-mac/ for the earlier article.) Now Opera has also added a free VPN to the Opera browser for the iPhone.

opera-vpn-for-iphoneOpera VPN works just like any other VPN app on iOS. You can connect to the internet in the United States, or route your traffic through Canada, Netherlands, Germany, or Singapore. Alongside giving you a new region, Opera VPN also blocks ads and trackers. Opera’s promising the VPN will be free for life.

The latest update is available only for the iPhone, not for Android phones.

You can learn more at the Opera web site at http://www.opera.com/mobile/vpn/iphone.

Get Free Unlimited VPN on the New Opera Desktop Browser

If you value your privacy and want to avoid web sites that track you, use a VPN. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) will secure your computer’s internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured from prying eyes. It is especially useful when traveling and using untrusted wi-fi and hotel networks. I travel a lot and use a VPN in my laptop for security purposes. In fact, I configured the VPN to load automatically as soon as the laptop is booted up.

For more reasons, read my earlier article, Update: Why You Want to Use a VPN, at https://goo.gl/9GHj0i.

VPNs are available from any number of vendors at all sorts of prices. Now one of the better VPNs is available free of charge and it throws in a really good web browser besides.

The desktop browser Opera has been available for years, but has never become as popular as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Opera is doing a lot to lure users back, and its latest feature is a doozy. Opera now comes with unlimited, free VPN for life! Opera’s new VPN is both free and offers unlimited data, so you have a completely unrestricted VPN built right into your browser.

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