Adblocking options in safari

stanw

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I used to use Adguard pro, though now that it doesn’t work any longer, how effective are the adblocking and anti tracking features in safari compared with adguard pro when it worked?

Does the built in adblocking and anti tracking also extend to chrome, Firefox, etc?

Is there anything you need to do to make it work beyond the few settings available under safari in settings?

Thanks.
 

cmaier

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There aren’t adblocking features built in. Just anti tracking.

There are many excellent third party ad blockers, and they integrate well into safari using apis provided by Apple for that purpose.
 

nutmac

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I like Ka-Block!, an extremely simple, free, open-sourced content blocker for iOS and Safari on macOS. It's so simple that you can't even whitelist a website (I just use "Reload Without Content Blockers" Safari feature).

But what you get is a blocker that doesn't break many websites while blocking a good percentage of ads.

I used to use 1Blocker and 1Blocker X, which are extremely powerful and block larger percentage of ads. But it breaks a ton of websites, including completely legitimate and popular websites (it has many popular websites in the definition list). And developer rarely responds.
 

artfossil

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I like Ka-Block!, an extremely simple, free, open-sourced content blocker for iOS and Safari on macOS. It's so simple that you can't even whitelist a website (I just use "Reload Without Content Blockers" Safari feature).

But what you get is a blocker that doesn't break many websites while blocking a good percentage of ads.

I used to use 1Blocker and 1Blocker X, which are extremely powerful and block larger percentage of ads. But it breaks a ton of websites, including completely legitimate and popular websites (it has many popular websites in the definition list). And developer rarely responds.
I used to use Adblock. I, too, love Ka-Block, for all these reasons as well as the fact that Ka-Block does not read or transmit content from websites. I find the Reload Without Content Blockers in Safari a simple way to "whitelist" a website.
 

C DM

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I used to use Adblock. I, too, love Ka-Block, for all these reasons as well as the fact that Ka-Block does not read or transmit content from websites. I find the Reload Without Content Blockers in Safari a simple way to "whitelist" a website.
I don't think most if not all of them read or transmit content from websites.
 

gwang73

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I used to use 1blocker but their latest release, 1blockerX seems to break more websites now. I switched to Wipr and it's working great and removes the dead space where ads used to be. It's blocklist seems to be updated almost daily.
 
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Yun0

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Are you saying AdGuard pro doesn’t work in safari on macOS or in iOS?
AG Pro works fine with the VPN, im guessing he means the older way before VPN. I use the AG DNS and mobile ads list, + 1.4k custom blocklist lines and 150 whitelist lines. Nearly as good as my home DNS adblock through my router. That in conjunction with the regular safari content blocking part of AG.
 
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BugeyeSTI

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AG Pro works fine with the VPN, im guessing he means the older way before VPN. I use the AG DNS and mobile ads list, + 1.4k custom blocklist lines and 150 whitelist lines. Nearly as good as my home DNS adblock through my router. That in conjunction with the regular safari content blocking part of AG.
I was going to say that I’ve had no issues with AdGuard pro on iOS12.
 

C DM

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I like Ka-Block!, an extremely simple, free, open-sourced content blocker for iOS and Safari on macOS. It's so simple that you can't even whitelist a website (I just use "Reload Without Content Blockers" Safari feature).

But what you get is a blocker that doesn't break many websites while blocking a good percentage of ads.

I used to use 1Blocker and 1Blocker X, which are extremely powerful and block larger percentage of ads. But it breaks a ton of websites, including completely legitimate and popular websites (it has many popular websites in the definition list). And developer rarely responds.
Been trying Ka-Block! recently (both in iOS and macOS). Kind of switching between that and BlockBear in iOS in terms of trying things out.


Prior to that have been using Norton Ad Blocker that is strangely enough has been quite simple and effective (although had an obscure report usage setting that wasn't obvious and was enabled by default). Adguard has been fairly good too in the past for me. Same goes for Firefox Focus.