Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 browser adds content blocking and more

Adblock Plus announced its advertisement filter add-in is now available for some Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Beginning in March, it will also be available for Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, a Web browser based on Google Chrome (see the discussion in Samsung’s User Agent String Format for developers). The oldest devices Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 works with are the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

Adblock Plus is not the only content filtering add-in for the Samsung Internet browser. MurphyApps’ Crystal content filter, which first appeared for use with iOS 9 and Apple’s Safari browser, is also available. Both Adblock Plus and Crystal use Samsung Internet for Android 4.0’s API support for third-party Content Blocker extensions. Both extensions support the Acceptable Ads filtering criteria, which allows non-intrusive advertisements to be displayed even with content blocking turned on.

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Like Apple’s iOS 9 support for content blocker extensions, the option to enable content blockers only becomes visible in settings after you install the first content blocking add-in. You are allowed to install more than one content blocker. However, only one can be selected for use at any given time.

The Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 upgrade includes other enhancements in addition to content blocking. It adds its version of Incognito Mode, which Samsung calls Secret Mode; Content Cards (thumbnail content recommendations); Pop-up video windows, which can stream video separately from web browsing; and Push Notifications. Like the current version 3 release, Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 also supports automatic web-logins using fingerprints on devices with the appropriate scanning hardware.

If you’ve got an older Samsung phone or tablet, or an Android device that’s not made by Samsung, and would like to have content blocking, you might want to learn more about Adblock Browser for Android from the same company that produces the Adblock Plus extension for Samsung: Eyeo. You can read about this browser here: Ad blocking for the masses, part two: Adblock Browser.

Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 browser adds content blocking and more

Adblock Plus announced its advertisement filter add-in is now available for some Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Beginning in March, it will also be available for Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, a Web browser based on Google Chrome (see the discussion in Samsung’s User Agent String Format for developers). The oldest devices Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 works with are the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

Adblock Plus is not the only content filtering add-in for the Samsung Internet browser. MurphyApps’ Crystal content filter, which first appeared for use with iOS 9 and Apple’s Safari browser, is also available. Both Adblock Plus and Crystal use Samsung Internet for Android 4.0’s API support for third-party Content Blocker extensions. Both extensions support the Acceptable Ads filtering criteria, which allows non-intrusive advertisements to be displayed even with content blocking turned on.

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Like Apple’s iOS 9 support for content blocker extensions, the option to enable content blockers only becomes visible in settings after you install the first content blocking add-in. You are allowed to install more than one content blocker. However, only one can be selected for use at any given time.

The Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 upgrade includes other enhancements in addition to content blocking. It adds its version of Incognito Mode, which Samsung calls Secret Mode; Content Cards (thumbnail content recommendations); Pop-up video windows, which can stream video separately from web browsing; and Push Notifications. Like the current version 3 release, Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 also supports automatic web-logins using fingerprints on devices with the appropriate scanning hardware.

If you’ve got an older Samsung phone or tablet, or an Android device that’s not made by Samsung, and would like to have content blocking, you might want to learn more about Adblock Browser for Android from the same company that produces the Adblock Plus extension for Samsung: Eyeo. You can read about this browser here: Ad blocking for the masses, part two: Adblock Browser.

Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 browser adds content blocking and more

Adblock Plus announced its advertisement filter add-in is now available for some Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Beginning in March, it will also be available for Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, a Web browser based on Google Chrome (see the discussion in Samsung’s User Agent String Format for developers). The oldest devices Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 works with are the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

Adblock Plus is not the only content filtering add-in for the Samsung Internet browser. MurphyApps’ Crystal content filter, which first appeared for use with iOS 9 and Apple’s Safari browser, is also available. Both Adblock Plus and Crystal use Samsung Internet for Android 4.0’s API support for third-party Content Blocker extensions. Both extensions support the Acceptable Ads filtering criteria, which allows non-intrusive advertisements to be displayed even with content blocking turned on.

samsung_internet4_contentblocking

Like Apple’s iOS 9 support for content blocker extensions, the option to enable content blockers only becomes visible in settings after you install the first content blocking add-in. You are allowed to install more than one content blocker. However, only one can be selected for use at any given time.

The Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 upgrade includes other enhancements in addition to content blocking. It adds its version of Incognito Mode, which Samsung calls Secret Mode; Content Cards (thumbnail content recommendations); Pop-up video windows, which can stream video separately from web browsing; and Push Notifications. Like the current version 3 release, Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 also supports automatic web-logins using fingerprints on devices with the appropriate scanning hardware.

If you’ve got an older Samsung phone or tablet, or an Android device that’s not made by Samsung, and would like to have content blocking, you might want to learn more about Adblock Browser for Android from the same company that produces the Adblock Plus extension for Samsung: Eyeo. You can read about this browser here: Ad blocking for the masses, part two: Adblock Browser.

Ad blocking for the masses, part one: uBlock Origin

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The year 2015 may someday be remembered as when web-based ad blocking went mainstream. So in an effort to cover the latest developments, we’ll take a look at state-of-the-art ad blocking in a three-part series of posts. First, let’s take a look at the browser add-on that inspired this concept: uBlock Origin.

uBlock Origin is an highly configurable browser extension that blocks third party advertising, trackers, and malware sites. You will find that most sites render noticeable faster with ads and trackers turned off. And, in some cases, web pages that were not rendering at all previous will look great with all the offending components blocked.

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It does this by using well maintained filter lists including EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s Ad server list, and Malware Domain list. You can also choose to add other third party filters by choosing them from the “3rd-party filters” list in its settings page. You can see what the uBlock Origin is doing with a specific web page by viewing its dynamic log.

Turning off filtering for a website is as simple as clicking on the big blue button in uBlock Origin’s pull down window. And, you can permanently unblock a site by adding it to a Whitelist that can be edited right in the browser.

If you want to reverse the way uBlock Origin works, take a look at its Dynamic filtering: turn off uBlock everywhere except how-to page. This whitelists all websites and lets you choose which sites will have its ads blocked. I plan to whitelist sites one-at-a-time, though.

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If you want to micro-tweak the add-on, take a look at its Advanced user features information. But, as its author says, “Enable at your own risk.”

uBlock Origin is a fast, lightweight, and free add-on that works in some of the most popular desktop browsers in use today (with the exception of Microsoft’s Explorer and Edge browsers). It doesn’t require any technical skill to install or use. And, for those with some technical knowledge, it is highly configurable. And, most importantly for me, it lets me whitelist sites I want to support while blocking some of those one-off web page visits based on links from Google News, Twitter, and Facebook.

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You can find the add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera using the links below. While the version for Opera is named uBlock, its author is listed as “gorhill” (Raymond Hill) and has an update date that is in line with the other versions. Note that uBlock Origin was removed from Google’s Chrome Store earlier this year (Ref: ghacks.net), so we should all be grateful that Google reversed its decision. You can find uBlock Origin in Chrome add-onFirefox, and Opera versions.

In part two of this series, we’ll take a look at the recently released AdBlock Browser for Android and iOS. And, in part three, we’ll investigate Apple’s new facility for content-blocking Safari extensions in iOS 9 for the iPhone and iPad.

Ad blocking for the masses, part one: uBlock Origin

The year 2015 may someday be remembered as when web-based ad blocking went mainstream. So in an effort to cover the latest developments, we’ll take a look at state-of-the-art ad blocking in a three-part series of posts. First, let’s take a look at the browser add-on that inspired this concept: uBlock Origin.

uBlock Origin is an highly configurable browser extension that blocks third party advertising, trackers, and malware sites. You will find that most sites render noticeable faster with ads and trackers turned off. And, in some cases, web pages that were not rendering at all previous will look great with all the offending components blocked.

ublockorigin_settings_3rdpartyfilters

It does this by using well maintained filter lists including EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s Ad server list, and Malware Domain list. You can also choose to add other third party filters by choosing them from the “3rd-party filters” list in its settings page. You can see what the uBlock Origin is doing with a specific web page by viewing its dynamic log.

Turning off filtering for a website is as simple as clicking on the big blue button in uBlock Origin’s pull down window. And, you can permanently unblock a site by adding it to a Whitelist that can be edited right in the browser.

If you want to reverse the way uBlock Origin works, take a look at its Dynamic filtering: turn off uBlock everywhere except how-to page. This whitelists all websites and lets you choose which sites will have its ads blocked. I plan to whitelist sites one-at-a-time, though.

ublockorigin_settings

If you want to micro-tweak the add-on, take a look at its Advanced user features information. But, as its author says, “Enable at your own risk.”

uBlock Origin is a fast, lightweight, and free add-on that works in some of the most popular desktop browsers in use today (with the exception of Microsoft’s Explorer and Edge browsers). It doesn’t require any technical skill to install or use. And, for those with some technical knowledge, it is highly configurable. And, most importantly for me, it lets me whitelist sites I want to support while blocking some of those one-off web page visits based on links from Google News, Twitter, and Facebook.

ublock_origin_button

You can find the add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera using the links below. While the version for Opera is named uBlock, its author is listed as “gorhill” (Raymond Hill) and has an update date that is in line with the other versions. Note that uBlock Origin was removed from Google’s Chrome Store earlier this year (Ref: ghacks.net), so we should all be grateful that Google reversed its decision. You can find uBlock Origin in Chrome add-onFirefox, and Opera versions.

In part two of this series, we’ll take a look at the recently released AdBlock Browser for Android and iOS. And, in part three, we’ll investigate Apple’s new facility for content-blocking Safari extensions in iOS 9 for the iPhone and iPad.

Ad blocking for the masses, part one: uBlock Origin

The year 2015 may someday be remembered as when web-based ad blocking went mainstream. So in an effort to cover the latest developments, we’ll take a look at state-of-the-art ad blocking in a three-part series of posts. First, let’s take a look at the browser add-on that inspired this concept: uBlock Origin.

uBlock Origin is an highly configurable browser extension that blocks third party advertising, trackers, and malware sites. You will find that most sites render noticeable faster with ads and trackers turned off. And, in some cases, web pages that were not rendering at all previous will look great with all the offending components blocked.

ublockorigin_settings_3rdpartyfilters

It does this by using well maintained filter lists including EasyList, EasyPrivacy, Peter Lowe’s Ad server list, and Malware Domain list. You can also choose to add other third party filters by choosing them from the “3rd-party filters” list in its settings page. You can see what the uBlock Origin is doing with a specific web page by viewing its dynamic log.

Turning off filtering for a website is as simple as clicking on the big blue button in uBlock Origin’s pull down window. And, you can permanently unblock a site by adding it to a Whitelist that can be edited right in the browser.

If you want to reverse the way uBlock Origin works, take a look at its Dynamic filtering: turn off uBlock everywhere except how-to page. This whitelists all websites and lets you choose which sites will have its ads blocked. I plan to whitelist sites one-at-a-time, though.

ublockorigin_settings

If you want to micro-tweak the add-on, take a look at its Advanced user features information. But, as its author says, “Enable at your own risk.”

uBlock Origin is a fast, lightweight, and free add-on that works in some of the most popular desktop browsers in use today (with the exception of Microsoft’s Explorer and Edge browsers). It doesn’t require any technical skill to install or use. And, for those with some technical knowledge, it is highly configurable. And, most importantly for me, it lets me whitelist sites I want to support while blocking some of those one-off web page visits based on links from Google News, Twitter, and Facebook.

ublock_origin_button

You can find the add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera using the links below. While the version for Opera is named uBlock, its author is listed as “gorhill” (Raymond Hill) and has an update date that is in line with the other versions. Note that uBlock Origin was removed from Google’s Chrome Store earlier this year (Ref: ghacks.net), so we should all be grateful that Google reversed its decision. You can find uBlock Origin in Chrome add-onFirefox, and Opera versions.

In part two of this series, we’ll take a look at the recently released AdBlock Browser for Android and iOS. And, in part three, we’ll investigate Apple’s new facility for content-blocking Safari extensions in iOS 9 for the iPhone and iPad.