How safe is ad blocking technology?
Use a VPN service
What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. If you don’t want to use an ad-blocker but want your privacy protected, a VPN is a great alternative. There are several types of VPNs, and all of which take your outgoing data and channel it through an encrypted tunnel or a set of proxy servers to hide the traffic from you to the internet, making it appear as though the VPN is initiating the exchange rather than you. Encrypted data coming from the VPN can’t be read by third parties trying to steal your information. As an added bonus, many VPN providers also include anti-malware or anti-spyware in their software for extra protection. Scrambling your IP address through a VPN is not only a safer way to view unsecured websites as it protects your computer from third party companies trying to view your data and traffic, but it also gives you the opportunity to see restricted websites and access content that may be blocked in your particular geographical location.
Enable your browser’s built-in ad-blocker service
Some companies, like Brave, are now offering built-in ad-blockers as automatic extensions to help safeguard your privacy and online information from advertisement services. Google has also started to test a developer version of their built-in ad-blocker for Chrome users. These services will be able to automatically block ads from the sites you visit online. You will be able to turn off the ad-blocking settings in the control panel of the browser in case you want to fiscally support the site you are visiting that runs on ad revenue, or if the site does not allow ad-blocking users to access their content.
Choose the right ad-blocker for your needs
All ad-blockers are not created equal. Some are known for blocking every ad, whereas some are known for letting certain ads through as long as they meet a set of criteria. Choosing the ad-blocker that works best for you will take a little bit of research and maybe a few trials. You want to make sure that you choose the right kind of ad-blocker to protect your data, and to make sure that you agree with their terms and conditions. It has been highly recommended by various tech leaders to use an ad-blocker to protect your data. Check out the terms and conditions of the ad-blocker you are thinking of using to make sure they don’t record and sell your data to advertising services after blocking their ads from the webpages you visit.