Block ads on Safari iOS 8

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Jardins de Vin, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    European Union
    I found this here:

    I'm wondering - will this track my internet activity? I want to get rid of ads on the iPad when using Safari.
  2. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    Well I just tried it and it appears to work quite well, not sure about the monitoring aspect. Perhaps don't use it for https sites (you should get invalid certificate errors).
  3. Syndicate0017 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2013
    Similar setup to privoxy. Theoretically they can see all your traffic. I don't know if they will monitor it or not, but it is the inherent risk of using an unknown proxy.
  4. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    If it's free you're the product.
  5. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Does this block those App Store pop ups? If so this is seem pretty worth it.
  6. -Maxim- macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2011
    I'm currently using "weblock" which works pretty good. It's basically a proxy you have to set up for each wifi network that reroutes your traffic and filters ads. I know, in theory they can read your traffic. So you have to decide what is more important ;)


    from the speedmeup FAQ:
  7. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013

    Weblock doesn't block App Store redirects and I'm definitely seeing ads passing through. They need to update their blocks.
  8. scjr macrumors 68020


    Jan 28, 2013
    A member here uses his own personal Adblock solution and it works real well.

  9. neilmacd macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to proxys etc. but is it possible to have that run locally on my own network, that way I'm not running the risk of anyone seeing my traffic?
  10. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Yeah you could host that file yourself I guess. The host could modify it at any point I guess
  11. neilmacd macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd love to be able to have DNSmasq/Pixelserv setup via my mac mini, route all my traffic through that.

    But I've no idea how to do it :D

    I might try playing around with that script locally, see if I can get a decent solution.
  12. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Does this block those App Store redirects? Anything to stop those without jailbreaking would be very helpful.
  13. jfeathe macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    It's sad users have to search for a workaround to something that should be incredibly easy to implement.

    Didn't Apple promise that all App Store redirects were eliminated in iOS 8? If they did, they fell far short of fulfilling that promise...
  14. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    I wrote that script but yeah feel free to upload the file to wherever you want and it should still continue to work. Although most servers, if you change something in the file, it wont get reflected immediately (which is a pain if you're tinkering around to block a new ad) so edited the .htaccess to shorten the "cached" time. A nasty workaround is to change the filename

    Also, that proxy does run "locally".. it simply tries to connect to a Google DNS to load advertising which is impossible anyways so it just drops the connection. Nothing goes through my servers

    Ive blocked the ones i've encountered so far. Obviously, it's not a complete list but ive been updating it
  15. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    Most of the web sites you visit are ad supported. Effectively you are saying I want to use this web site for free and don't want the provider to get paid. If everyone did this the only sites available would either be online stores or require a subscription.
  16. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010

    If sites would be ethical in their advertising, I would care about this a lot more. Right now you have sites repeatedly tossing you out of the very site you're trying to access to try to trick you into downloading some stupid game. You have banners that flash and move and try to obscure the content. You have ads that try to pretend to be legitimate parts of the sites like download buttons and the like to try to trick you into clicking on them. Then you just have outright malware. For instance, search on Google for a piece of software to download, something like printer drivers for example. 9 times out of 10 the first result (which is a paid advertisement) will be a link to a malware site that is pretending to be the very drivers you wanted to download. And this is Google, where you would expect to have some reasonable filtration policies when it comes to their advertising.

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