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Published on: August 7 2023 by pipiads

A couple of months ago, I created a video showing you how to opt out of Google's new FLoC ad system, which is a type of ad system called Federated Learning of Cohorts. In that video, I mentioned that Google would be adding a dedicated toggle for this feature in a future update of Google Chrome. Well, that update has now arrived, and in this video, I'm going to show you how to disable and block Google's FLoC type of advertising system.

First, let's start by using the Canary version of Chrome, as that's where the toggle first appears. However, as time goes on, Google will bring this toggle to the beta branch and eventually the stable release. If you don't want to use the Canary version, I'll also provide a link in the video description to a Chrome flags page that allows you to force enable this feature on an earlier release.

To begin, open the Chrome application and tap on the three-dot menu icon at the top right. Then, navigate to the Settings section. In the Basics category, tap on Privacy and Security. Here, you'll find an option called Privacy Sandbox, which Google has set to on by default. To disable this feature and block Google's FLoC, as well as any other trial features, simply toggle the switch to off.

Remember, you'll need to do this for each version and installation of Chrome that you're using. Whether it's on a tablet or desktop, go through the same process to block the Privacy Sandbox trials in Google Chrome.

Please note that if you're using the stable build of Chrome at the moment, you may need to enable a Chrome flag feature to access the Privacy Sandbox option within the settings. However, this feature will be rolling out to more devices as it reaches the beta and stable builds of Chrome in the next month or two.

In conclusion, Google has added a dedicated toggle in Chrome to disable and block their FLoC type of advertising system. By following the steps I've shown you, you can opt out of this targeted advertising and protect your privacy.

How Google is KILLING your AD BLOCKERS and tracker blockers with Manifest v3

Hey everyone, this is Nick and today I'm going to explain how Google is messing up the web again. Look at this guy making videos on YouTube, hypocrite! Guilty! Or maybe it's a reflection on Google's full monopoly on most web services, who knows? So today, we're going to talk about how Google is restricting the capabilities of ad blockers and tracker blockers, and how that's obviously a terrible decision for users, for developers, and for privacy in general. It's a grand tale about monopoly abuse, browser extensions, and a little thing called manifest V3. And it's also a grand tale about today's sponsor. Thanks to Linode for sponsoring this video.

- Google's decision to restrict the capabilities of ad blockers and tracker blockers is causing concern for users, developers, and privacy advocates.

- This article will explore the impact of this decision and its implications for the web.

Manifest V3:

- Manifest V3 is an update to the current browser extension specification, manifest V2.

- It introduces changes such as using service workers instead of background pages and a new API called declarative net request.

- The new API restricts extensions from monitoring traffic and requires them to declare in advance how they'll handle certain types of requests.

- This severely limits the capabilities of ad blockers and privacy-focused extensions.

Impact on Ad Blockers and Tracker Blockers:

- Ad blockers and tracker blockers rely on the current web request API to block or modify network requests.

- With manifest V3, extensions will no longer have access to the web request API, making them less effective.

- Ghostery, a popular privacy extension, has expressed concerns about the limitations of manifest V3 and its impact on user privacy.

- Other developers and privacy advocates have also criticized Google's decision, stating that it hampers privacy and limits user choice.

Google's Business Model:

- Google's business model relies on tracking user data and serving targeted ads.

- The restrictions imposed by manifest V3 align with Google's interests, as it prevents extensions from blocking ads and tracking servers effectively.

- This raises concerns about Google's control over the web and its impact on user privacy.

Browser Compatibility:

- Chrome and chromium-based browsers will be most affected by manifest V3, as they adopt this specification.

- Other browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, have their own approaches to ad blocking and privacy protection.

- Firefox will adopt manifest V3 but will continue supporting the older web request API, allowing users to choose their preferred extensions.

- The dominance of Chrome and chromium-based browsers in the market makes it challenging for developers to prioritize other browsers.

Possible Outcomes:

- The most probable outcome is that most users won't switch browsers and will accept the limitations of their ad blockers and privacy extensions.

- Some users may explore alternative browsers with native ad and tracker blocking features, but this won't solve the larger issue of the chromium monopoly.

- An alternative outcome is that users become frustrated with the limitations of their extensions and switch to Firefox for a better privacy experience.

- This could lead to Firefox gaining market share, particularly among users who prioritize privacy.

- Google's decision to restrict the capabilities of ad blockers and tracker blockers raises concerns about user privacy and choice.

- Manifest V3 limits the effectiveness of these extensions, favoring Google's business model.

- The impact of this decision will largely depend on user behavior, with the possibility of either acceptance or a shift towards privacy-focused alternatives like Firefox.

How to Block Ads on Chrome (and Keep your Privacy)

Hi all! You know that we love talking about blocking ads, and we are always here to help with any IT and software-related requests. So, we've decided to devote another separate video to one more popular user inquiry: how to block ads on Chrome.

Chrome, by far, is the most used web browser currently. There's no denying it. Advertisers are getting more and more aggressive. There's no denying that either. So let's discuss the options we have.

## Introduction ##

Chrome settings: Chrome web browser has a few settings related to ads along with other user control options for things like cookies, images, notifications, etc. Some even call it Chrome ad blocker, but I wouldn't go that far and buy the phone guiding actions on how to use it. I'll demonstrate why I think so. Launch the Google Chrome browser and go to the settings. You have to find that tiny three-dotted icon in the top right corner. Go to the privacy and security tab and then to the site settings section, a bit below. This is where you can control what information websites can use, which means you can decide whether sites can see your location, access your camera or microphone, send you notifications, collect cookies, and so on. I bet to many of you what I said would be a revelation and quite surprising, and not in a good way. But anyway, you carefully scroll down to find additional content settings, and there you'll see ads. So click it. Here we see a brief explanation. Some sites show ads to be able to provide content for free, but some sites show intrusive and misleading ads, and we have a choice: 1) the default behavior for all websites globally, one: all sites can show ads, or two: block ads and sites with intrusive and misleading ads. So, of course, if you want fewer ads, you select the latter. This also means, if you pay attention, that not only misleading ads will be blocked selectively, but all ads on certain websites that may have such ads. So we leave it to Google to take care of it, and I personally don't have a problem with that. But there's also another way of doing it in case you don't want to set no ads for all websites. Let's say you want to block ads on several specific sites only, customization, in other words, and it is possible. Let me go to the BBC website, for example. Now, in the address bar, left to the URL, click this little padlock sign, in the drop-down, go to site settings. Here we have all the permissions for this specific website listed, and we have two basic options to each of those: allow or block ads. So, find ads and set it to blocked. Now, if you go back to ads and settings in privacy and security, I see that along with my default setting, I also have the custom setting for bbc.com.

## Chrome Settings - Mobile ##

Similarly, we can highlight the same procedure for Android smartphones, tablets, and devices since Android mobiles' operating system is also a Google product. Chrome on mobile phones will not block all 100% of ads; it is mainly focused on pop-ups, and they call it pop-ups in the settings instead of ads. On the support page for ads in Chrome, they state that by default, Chrome blocks all pop-ups from websites. This is probably more related to the PC version. On my mobile phone where Chrome is one of the built-in Google tools, this setting is disabled anyway. You can basically do the same as we've talked about a moment ago: turn pop-ups on or off in the Chrome browser mobile version. Open the Chrome app and tap the three-dotted icon on the right to bring out a drop-down menu. Select settings, and from there, site settings. Go to pop-ups and redirects. As we see, it is set to blocked. Turn the toggle to the right to change it to allowed, and that's it.

## Ad Blocker Extensions ##

The best and without a doubt, the most efficient way is to install an ad blocker extension to Chrome. This is pretty simple, and there's plenty of choices. What's great is that most of them are free. You can get them from the Chrome web store or just Google it. Visit a website and download a plugin from there. Let me show five fine ad blockers and how to use them.

1. Adblock: This is the Chrome web store with hundreds of extensions for productivity, entertainment, news, shopping, social networking, etc. I'm typing Adblock into search and opening it. This is most definitely the number one ad blocker around the globe, which is confirmed by the number of installs here, more than 10 million. And rightly so, since we can see its major features as listed:

- Block pop-ups, ads, and banners on YouTube, Facebook, and any other website.

- Block trackers, as well as malware and crypto mining.

- Setup filters, whitelists, and other options.

- The latest update is September 7th, 2022, which is very recent.

- Adblock is available in 32 languages.

So, I'm clicking add to Chrome and confirming. Hereby, the extension installs and displays the pricing, but it also has a free plan. So, I'm not going to pay. My extensions, let me disable it for a moment and visit some websites without the ad blocker and then compare the impact.

Say CNN.com, and we see multiple banners on top, then on the side, then another large one on the center, and so on. Now I'm enabling Adblock and refreshing this page. I see fewer ad banners for sure, but not 100% are blocked. If I click on the extension and display the number of ads blocked on the current page, 44 in my case with CNN, which is really a lot. I can pause and log here once for this particular visit or always. This is a good option when users want to allow ads on a friendly site. For example, some sites can recognize that blockers and run pop-ups asking to allow ads on their sites, as CNN does as well. Adblock has a setting to block this too. I'll show it to you in a moment. First up, general options. I'd recommend exploring all the options here and configuring it to your preferences. Like the first option right away is quite impactful, allows some non-intrusive ads, and it is on by default. Adblock is a participant in the Acceptable Ads program where they have the real committee ASCI identifies real value ads that may be used to visitors. That's probably why I saw two banners left on CNN's page, both promoting humanitarian relief to people of Ukraine suffering from war. Another setting is ads on specific YouTube channels. This is also great when you want fewer video ads on YouTube but still would like to support some creatives, like us, for example (if you could excuse my humbleness). It will redirect you to the YouTube page with subscriptions, and next to each of those, you'll see the Adblock icon with two choices: block or allow ads on this channel. Then I can go to a photolist and specify more things or add types to block. For instance, Adblock use alerts on websites like the one on CNN I've mentioned, so I'm enabling it. Other stuff like removing social media buttons like share, reports, etc., crypto mining, cookies, widgets, and more. However, Adblock is reminding me that the more filters are used, the slower it runs. Well, yes, but I'll see how it goes. Custom lists by URL are also supported. There are more extra options for premium users, including various themes, swapping ads with funny images, syncing across multiple devices, hiding floating videos, and more. Premium, by the way, costs $20 per year, and a bundle with VPN is $40 per year. Overall, a really top-quality ad blocker.

2. uBlock Origin: Before I install it, let me open a few websites where there will definitely be advertisements. I've got previous CNN, so now with a large pop-up ad, a nice example of what we're discussing here. If I go to the main page, I see banner ads on top and along the text. Also, I'm visiting fandom.com, and there's a huge stop ad banner spanning across the whole page space, a large ad on the right, and also the same type of banners on every page, I suppose. Okay, now I'll find uBlock Origin for Chrome. Over 10 million users, same as Adblock. Free and done for users by users, meaning it is an open-source app. So, it goes beyond free price, and users may access the source code and tweak it. I saw the statement on their website that they do not accept donations to be fully unbiased. Such commitment ought to be respected for sure. I'm adding uBlock and enabling it. Now it has a minimalist window design: on/off button, stats, features, and settings. First, let me quickly check

Block EVERY Online Ad with THIS - Pi-Hole on Raspberry Pi

In this article, we will be discussing how to set up Pi-hole, a DNS-based filtering tool, to block ads, tracking, and known malicious sites and malware on your entire network. Pi-hole works by intercepting DNS requests and blocking them if they match any entries on its blacklist.

Setting up Pi-hole:

To set up Pi-hole, you will need a Raspberry Pi Zero, a micro SD card, a micro USB power supply, and a micro B to Ethernet dongle. You will also need to install Raspbian on the micro SD card and configure your Pi's static IP and SSH settings. Once you have done that, you can navigate to the Pi-hole website and follow their one-line installation command to install Pi-hole on your Pi.

Configuring Pi-hole:

During the installation process, you will be prompted to select your default network adapter and upstream DNS provider. You can also choose which blacklists to use to block ads and other unwanted content. Pi-hole also offers analytics, manual white and blacklisting, and configuration options through its admin panel.

Making Pi-hole the default for your network:

By default, Pi-hole only works on a device-by-device basis, so you will need to manually change the DNS settings on each device. However, if you want to make Pi-hole the default for your entire network, you will need to change the settings on your router.

Testing Pi-hole:

To test Pi-hole, you can navigate to websites or use apps that have ads and see if they are blocked. You can also check the Pi-hole admin panel to see which devices are using Pi-hole and to manage white and blacklists.

Pi-hole is a powerful tool for blocking ads, tracking, and known malicious sites and malware on your entire network. It is relatively easy to set up and offers customization options through its admin panel. By using Pi-hole, you can enjoy an ad-free browsing experience and improved privacy and security on your network.

How to Remove Unwanted Ads from Google Chrome?

Is your Google Chrome browser filled with lots of unwanted ads? These ads are not just annoying, but also promote malicious products. In this video, you will see some methods to remove all kinds of unwanted ads from Google Chrome. This guide contains detailed instructions, so the video is a little long. By the end of this video, you will be able to fix Chrome settings changed without your permission, remove unwanted pop-up ads, browser redirects to unwanted pages filled with ads, unwanted toolbars, annoying push notifications, and block ads completely. So, watch the whole video if you want to remove unwanted ads from the Android Chrome browser.

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- Is your Google Chrome browser filled with unwanted ads?

- These ads are not just annoying, but also promote malicious products.

- In this video, you will learn how to remove all kinds of unwanted ads from Google Chrome.

Methods to Remove Unwanted Ads from Google Chrome:

1. Remove malicious programs from your PC:

- Look for any malicious software installed on your PC.

- Such software could be messing with your Chrome browser.

- They can change the settings, display advertisements, and install extensions on your browser.

- Check for such software and remove them.

2. Remove malicious extensions from Chrome:

- Malicious extensions cause trouble on the Google Chrome browser.

- They can modify the settings, change your home page, new tab, and display unwanted ads.

- Identify and remove such extensions.

3. Reclaim your hijacked settings:

- Hijackers can change your default home page, new tab, or search engine to show you unwanted ads.

- Reclaim these settings.

4. Enable pop-up and redirection blocking in Chrome:

- Pop-up and redirection blocking in Chrome browser are enabled by default.

- However, a malicious extension or hijacker could disable it.

- Enable it and remove websites that you don't want to receive pop-ups.

5. Reset push notification permission:

- Malicious websites use push notification service to send you malicious links.

- Reset the permission to prevent unwanted notifications.

6. Consider ad-blocking extensions:

- Ad-blocking extensions can block all types of ads.

- However, consider not using them as content creators depend on advertisements for their earnings.

7. Use a strong anti-malware:

- Have a robust anti-malware suite with good real-time protection on your computer.

- It can prevent damage caused by malicious ads.

- Scan your PC with an anti-malware program to remove unwanted ads.

- Consider using MalwareFox Anti-Malware, which specializes in removing adware, hijackers, and malicious extensions.

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Stalking by targeted ads to be arrested | Firefox and Google Chrome ‘mute site’ on Hindi Update

In this article, we will discuss the impact of Firefox and Google Chrome on the music industry and how they have become major players in the market. We will also explore the importance of education and the role it plays in shaping our future. Additionally, we will touch upon the significance of cultural preservation and the challenges faced by the industry. Let's dive in and explore these topics in detail.

Firefox and Google Chrome: Changing the Music Industry

- The rise of Firefox and Google Chrome as popular web browsers has revolutionized the way we consume music.

- These browsers provide easy access to a vast library of music and allow users to stream or download their favorite songs.

- With features like playlists, recommendations, and personalized suggestions, users can discover new music and create their own unique listening experience.

- Both Firefox and Google Chrome have partnered with major music platforms to offer exclusive content and enhance the user experience.

Education: Shaping the Future

- Education is a crucial aspect of personal and societal development.

- It equips individuals with knowledge and skills necessary for success in various fields.

- Through education, we can foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.

- It is important to invest in quality education to ensure a bright future for individuals and society as a whole.

- Education empowers individuals to make informed decisions and contribute positively to their communities.

Preserving Culture: The Challenge of the Music Industry

- The music industry plays a vital role in preserving cultural heritage and promoting diversity.

- However, it faces numerous challenges, such as piracy, copyright infringement, and the digitalization of music.

- Artists and musicians strive to protect their work and receive fair compensation for their creativity.

- Efforts are being made to create stricter regulations and enforce copyright laws to safeguard the interests of artists and the industry.

In conclusion, Firefox and Google Chrome have transformed the way we consume music, providing a convenient and personalized experience. Education is crucial for personal growth and societal progress. The music industry faces challenges in preserving cultural heritage and protecting artists' rights. By addressing these challenges and embracing technological advancements, we can ensure a thriving music industry that benefits both artists and listeners alike.

How ads follow you around the internet

- Cookies are a crucial part of our online experience, allowing websites to remember user information.

- However, cookies also enable companies to track and collect our personal data, leading to concerns about privacy.

- In this article, we will explore the history of cookies, their impact on online advertising, and the need for regulations to protect user privacy.

1. The Invention of Cookies:

- Lou Montulli, a 23-year-old working at Netscape in 1994, invented cookies to solve the problem of maintaining user information across web pages.

- Cookies serve as unique identifiers stored on browsers, allowing websites to remember user preferences and actions.

- Without cookies, the online experience would be fragmented and less user-friendly.

2. Cookies and Online Advertising:

- Digital banner ads became prevalent around the same time cookies were invented.

- Online advertising relies on targeting ads to specific users, and cookies played a significant role in making this possible.

- Brands, platforms, and publishers collaborate to deliver ads to the right audience, with Facebook and Google dominating the market.

- The collection of user data through cookies enables personalized advertising.

3. The Rise of Third-Party Cookies:

- Third-party cookies are created by elements hosted by third parties on websites.

- These cookies can track user behavior across multiple sites, allowing companies to gather extensive data about individuals.

- This tracking has transformed the online world, giving a few companies unprecedented access to users' online behavior.

4. Blocking Third-Party Cookies:

- Some browsers have started blocking third-party cookies, making it harder for middlemen to track users' activities.

- However, companies are finding loopholes by disguising third-party cookies as first-party cookies.

- Facebook, for example, introduced the Facebook Pixel, which enables both first and third-party cookies while still collecting data.

5. The Impact of Cookie Technology:

- Lou Montulli expresses concern about the advertising-driven business model, which prioritizes revenue over user experience.

- Companies' motivation to show personalized ads leads to the sharing of user information and potentially sneaky tracking methods.

- Legislative action is necessary to bring about substantial changes and protect user privacy in the face of powerful tech giants.

- Cookies have revolutionized the online experience but also raise concerns about privacy and data collection.

- As technology continues to evolve, regulations are crucial to ensure that user privacy is respected.

- The battle between privacy and personalized advertising requires legislative intervention to achieve a balanced and ethical online ecosystem.

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