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      • #2276598 Reply
        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        Dedoimedo has just published an article on the Ublock Origin extension, worthy of a read whether currently using it, or not.
        hat-tip to Dedoimedo.

        Investigating further, I came across another article with the revelation that some adblocking developers are being paid to let some ads through the extension by default, on installation.
        It may be time to check your extension settings and decide what is acceptable or not if you use any of the following extensions:

        AdBlock Plus
        AdBlock Browser
        AdBlock products
        AdBlock Premium products
        uBlock products (not uBlock Origin)
        Crystal products

        Further reading over on: restoreprivacy

        This may seem speculative but, with the impending economic slump globally due to the pandemic, advertisers are now more likely to bombard browsers with their warez employing new tactics along the way. Always keep your extensions up-to-date!

        So, it’s a good time to review/ audit your browser adblocking extension as a preventative measure.

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      • #2276605 Reply
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        It’s a real positive that advertisements were removed from this site.

        G{ot backup} TestBeta
        offline▸ Win7Pro SP1 x64 Storage
        online▸ Win10Pro 1909.18363.900 x64 i5-9400 RAM8GB HDD Firefox79.0b3 Windows{Image/Defender/Firewall}
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      • #2276617 Reply
        Lars220
        AskWoody Lounger

        Thanks Microfix, here is a reminder / or notice, that Chris Hoffman at How-to Geek website has updated his article about browser extensions:

        Browser Extensions Are a Privacy Nightmare: Stop Using So Many of Them
        Chris Hoffman
        @chrisbhoffman
        Updated June 29, 2020, 1:33pm EDT

        https://www.howtogeek.com/188346/why-browser-extensions-can-be-dangerous-and-how-to-protect-yourself/

        Adblockers

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        • #2276670 Reply
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          extensions
          These just work for me and have done for a good few years now in conjunction with firefox esr about:config security tweaks and keyhole surgery 😉

          I was never a fan of browser plugins, later extensions but, needs must nowadays.

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      • #2276644 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        “adblocking developers are being paid to let some ads through the extension by default,..”

        This is old news known for years especially with AdBlock.

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      • #2276679 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Alex5723: “This is old news known for years especially with AdBlock.

        The ads that are allowed through, according to this ad blocker makers, in Germany, are supposed to be something like those “respectful” ads that used to be allowed in “AskWoody” before switching to all-donations.

        I am allergic to commercial ads and, while using Adblock Plus for several years by now, have only come across ads, very occasionally, in the sidebars of some search engines and of a few paywalled sites I subscribe to that require whitelisting them. So: either any other ads that are allowed to make it through full bore are so “respectful” as to be practically invisible, or there is really something seriously wrong with my eyes. Now I am worried.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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