Safari Ad Blocking - You dont know a ****!

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  1. DJTaurus, Sep 17, 2015
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    To all these people suggesting to add Ad Block or ABP for ads blocking you dont know a ****.....

    I havent seen anyone suggesting ghostery.... if you want your safari to run buttery smooth get rid off the traditional adblocks.... you will be amazed :)

    http://www.ghostery.com/en/

    The same app exists for iPhone too....
     
  2. Queen6, Sep 17, 2015
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    uBlock, open source, and some of us know exactly what we are doing....

    uBlock is a general-purpose blocker — not an ad blocker specifically. uBlock's main goal is to help users neutralize privacy-invading apparatus — ads being one example.

    Ghostery sold out to an AD company (Evidon) a long time ago; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery it is also reported as helping the AD industry by MIT Technology Review "Evidon helps companies that want to improve their use of tracking code by selling them data collected from the millions of Ghostery users who have enabled a data-sharing feature "Ghostrank" in the tool." It is also questionable if this feature is enabled by default.

    The "Ghostrank" feature enabled Ghostery sends collected user data back to the vendor, who then offers it for sale to AD firms. Installing "Backdoors" is never a good idea....


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    So OP posts this, then "Likes" a follow on post explaining how his proposed app is a backdoor???

    Either he thinks this is Facebook or is trolling...
     
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    Ghostery is a 'tracker block' rather than an ad block, shirley?
     
  5. DJTaurus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No trolling mate. The fact is that with ghostery i blocked what ever i liked on pages.... it has so many options on what to block. And i was happy to experience a lot better safari loading and more smoothness compared to the famous ad blockers like ad block and ADP.... and that is a fact..... go and try it.

    I didnt know all the "evil stuff" about ghostery's past that Queen6 posted and thats why i thanked him.

    Case closed... but the fact remains.... ghostery does a great job on safaris general usage experience.... it totally cleans all the web advertismenet crap and makes safari lighting fast.
     
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    Best you look at your thread title and imagine talking like that face to face. So who didn't know a ***! then?
     
  7. DJTaurus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was just pure enthusiasm...... cool down mate :)

    You barely see posts of that kind of ad ad blockers on the forum. I still think its worth a try from users.
     
  8. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Ghostery is a decent product, equally people should be aware that there is a commercial aspect to the extension, they can then make an informed decision. Clearly opting out of "Ghostrank" makes sense, ultimately it boils down to whether you are prepared to trust the app and those behind it, as nobody knows without deep packet inspection if Ghostery really sends anything back even if the Ghostrank option is disabled.

    uBlock`s mandate is very different; "The user decides what web content is acceptable or not in their browser" nor is there any commercial aspect unlike many other "blocking" applications. uBlocks performance is also very strong, outperforming many others and open source. No conflict of interest, and far greater transparency makes for a better solution to me.

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  9. Queen6, Sep 18, 2015
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    Ghostery is not really doing anything malicious, equally you do have to dig about on their site to see how they fund the extension/application. Personally the fact that Ghostery is owned by Evidon is the bigger concern as it`s clearly a conflict of interest. Call me jaded, however advertising and privacy rarely go "hand in hand"

    Ghostery:
    "We rely on Ghostery users who opt-in to participate in a feature called Ghostrank®, which sends us anonymous information about the data collection technology they see, and where they see them. We take that information, add our analysis, and sell it to companies to help them audit and manage their relationships with these marketing tools. None of the information we share is about our users, nor is it stored in a way that could be used to trace back to our users.

    Ghostrank® is off by default, meaning you can use Ghostery without sharing anything with us if you prefer. (But please opt-in! It is how we keep Ghostery free and continue to make it the best tool out there!)"

    FWIW a lot of the other AD blockers employ similar techniques and or "Acceptable Ads" lists, as ever limiting the number of applications that "phone home" is common sense.

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