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ryrhino

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Hello,

I have Windows 10. I mostly use Chrome as my browser. I have used both Disconnect and uBlock origin. I am currently only using uBlock origin.

I am wanting to learn more about the differences between an ad blocker and a tracking blocker.

I have a few questions about ad blockers and software that blocks tracking such as Ghostery, Disconnet, and Privacy Badger.

Please answer any or all of the questions.
  • What does uBlock origin do that Disconnect or other tracking blockers do not do?
  • What do tracking blockers do that uBlock origin do do not do?
  • Which settings if any besides the default settings in uBlock origin be checked/used?
  • Should both an ad blocker and tracking blocker be used at the same time? If not does an ad blocker or tracking blocker offer more?
  • Which ad blocker or tracking blocker do you suggest using and why?
  • Any articles or posts you know of that would help me to learn more?
  • Is using Windows Defender Browser Protection a good idea? If so do I need to also use an ad blocker or tracking blocker? What does Defender do that an ad blocker or tracking blocker not do?
Thanks for your help.
 

Paul23

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I use Trafficlight, adblock, HTTPS Everywhere, and Wndows defender browser protection. I don't know about any of the programs you mentioned other than Windows defender.
 

Phantom010

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I'm using AdGuard AdBlocker. It has an impressive list of filters, including malware domains, trackers, anti-phishing, anti-adblock warnings, anti-Facebook/Twitter widgets, blocks YouTube ads, annoying cookie law notices, and much more. You already have uBlock Origin which is very good as well. IMO, you don't need more. Basically, all those extensions perform similar tasks. Installing too many may cause trouble or conflicts.
 
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Paul23

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The programs I have installed have caused no conficts. Adblock is great, it blocks youtube ads. HTTPS everywhere makes the browser use HTTPS. Trafficlight looks for trackers. Windows defender browser is new, haven't seen anything that it has notified me about, yet.
 

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According to Google, 81 of the top 100 websites use HTTPS by default, over 68 per cent of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows occurs over HTTPS, and over 78 per cent of Chrome traffic on Chrome OS and macOS and iOS travels securely.

Three years ago, Google's search engine began favoring in its results websites that use encrypted HTTPS connections.
 
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