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My phone serves me 400+ ads and trackers per hour. Blokada, the best android adblocker, beats 'm all!

Published: 16-02-2019 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article


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Recently I switched to a new phone. After a few years (!) my old phone stoppedreceiving calls making it time for a new one. The new phone has Android, whichallowed me to install a system wide adblocker, Blokada.

Why do you need an adblocker? Besides not seeing advertisements and beingtracked/spied on in your every move, it improves battery life, makes your devicemore secure (no more malicious advertisements), makes pages and apps loadfaster, makes your data plan (4g) last longer and most pages are cleaner to viewand read. It's not just me telling you that, the big antivirus and securitysoftware vendor AVG says the same.

Blokada works by posing itself as a local VPN, filtering advertisements,trackers and all kinds of nasty things that spy on you or bring in malware. Itdoes not require root access on Android, it's open source and best of all, itworks very well.

To my big surprise after three days of using my phone (after everything was setup and transferred), Blokada blocked almost 5000 (five-thousand!) advertisementsand tracking requests. That's more than 70 requests an hour, so an ad everyminute (if you would use the device for that 72 hour period). According to theGoogle Wellbeing statistics, in those three days, I used my phone activelyfor 12 hours. That means my phone served me more than 400 ads or trackers peractive hour.

But those ads/trackers are not just served only when the phone is in use. Justbefore I went to bed, I reset the counters, when I woke up it had blocked 400requests already. That means, even when I'm sleeping and not using my phone, itis being used to spy on me (tracking) and to serve advertisements.

Blokada is free and open source software and can be found on blokada.org. Irecommend you install it. With the default adblock list (energized blu) plus thetracker list, I have not found any sites or applications that did not work, theuser experience is just as it would be without blokada. Battery life is stillthe same, maybe even a bit better.

On the desktop (browser) I recommend uBlock Origin.

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Tags: adblock, android, blog, blokada, security, ublock-origin