AdBlock vs AdBlock Plus : Which One Should You Use?

Adblocking on the internet has been a topic of heated debate in recent years. On one hand, Ads help content websites get monetized and help the owners pay their bills (Getting Geek Included) and on the other hand, ads are increasingly becoming more and more intrusive. AdBlock and AdBlock Plus are two of the most popular adblocking extensions on the market. Let’s see which one you should use in our Adblock vs Adblock Plus comparison.

What’s in the name?

Despite very similar names, both are developed by different teams. Adblock Plus was an ad-blocking extension made for Firefox. Then Adblock was made by different people for Chrome and after seeing Ablock’s popularity, Adblock Plus team made a version of its adblocking extension for Google’s browser.

With time, both browsers have made their way through other web browsers including Safari, Opera, and Microsoft’s Edge.

AdBlock vs Adblock Plus: Similarities

Before we talk about the differences, we should discuss some of the common features that both extensions will come with.

Firstly. Both, Adblock and Adblock Plus use a common list of ads to block, meaning both extensions will block the ads the same, The list is called EasyList and it is maintained by Adblock Plus. The takeaway is that no matter what extension you choose, you will see the same end result.

Second, both extensions are open source, meaning anyone can see and edit the source code and then turn it into a new extension without paying any money.

Third, Adblock and Adblock Plus both allow some ads to be visible to the user, this is called Acceptable Ads. This list is maintained by Adblock Plus, which allegedly takes money from different Ad Companies to not block their ads. At first, Adblock did block all ads, but at the time of writing, Adblock also uses these “Acceptable Ads”. Keep in mind that these ads can be completely blocked in the settings if you want, for users, it just adds a new step after installing the Adblocker

Differences Between AdBlock and AdBlock Plus

Now that we have discussed all important similarities, let’s discuss some differences between both ad blocking extensions.

UI and Usability

First off, compared to AdBlock Plus, settings and configurations on AdBlock are fairly complicated. These are easy enough to understand and change for tech-savvy users. But, for users who are not as experienced, some settings, specially Filter lists and Customize options may be confusing. On the other side, AdBlock Plus is easier to manage and configure.

UI of Adblock is a bit complicated to understand compared to Adblock Plus

AdBlock does have a very powerful Element blocking option on its right-click menu that lets you hide any element of a webpage permanently. AdBlock Plus can not block elements easily.

Filtering and Whitelisting

AdBlock Plus makes it super easy to add and remove whitelisted websites. In case you didn’t know, these are sites that are allowed to show ads. The extension has a simple address bar where you can drop the address of a page to whitelist it. On the AdBlock extension, while you can whitelist websites, the process is not as seamless.

Adblock Plus makes it very easy to whitelist domains.
Adblock Plus makes it very easy to whitelist domains.

Performance

While it may differ in your case, I have always felt that AdBlock Plus is lighter in terms of resource usage compared to AdBlock.If you are on a less powerful computer, AdBlock Plus should be faster in terms of performance.

Adblock vs. Adblock Plus: Pros and Cons

Adblock Plus

Pros of Adblock Plus
  • Adblock Plus is open source
  • Easy to understand and configure
  • Has very easy options for whitelisting webpages.
  • Blocks most malware and popups.
  • Is lighter on resources.
AdBlock Plus is relatively easy to customize for non tech savvy users
AdBlock Plus is relatively easy to customize for non-tech-savvy users
Cons of Adblock Plus
  • Hides advanced options by default.
  • It shows some advertising through controversial “Acceptable Ads” program by default.
  • Element blocking is not very useful or intuitive.

Adblock

Pros of Adblock
  • Blocks the same ads as Adblock Plus
  • Is lighter on resources and hence may perform better on old computers.
  • Has a far better element blocking options compared to Adblock Plus.
  • Has more advanced customization options.
  • Is also open source.
adblock plus vs adblock
Adblock has some extra customization options
Cons of Adblock
  • Just like Adblock Plus, it will also show “Acceptable Ads” by default.
  • Has a bit confusing UI and settings compared to Adblock Plus.
  • Whitelisting is not as fast and seamless.
  • There have been some privacy concerns about it in past.

Adblock vs Adblock Plus: Which one should you choose?

Adblocking has always been controversial subject in online monetization, and there are some great arguments on both sides. If you want an adblocker, between the two, you should go with Adblock Plus if you don’t need advanced features and element blocking. If you feel comfortable with using a bit advance tools and programs or you use a less powerful computer, Adblock should be a good fit for you.

In case you want another alternative, which is light on resources and has almost all the features of these extensions, I think uBLock Origin is worth a look. I have been using it regularly and I have no complaint regarding its features and performance.

On the debate of Adblock vs Adblock Plus, which side are you on? Do you use ad blockers? Let us know in the comments below…


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The Easy Guide To Unblock YouTube At School, Office or University (For Free)

Want to access YouTube at your school? Let’s discuss some of the easiest ways to unblock YouTube at school, college and at the university for free.

Access to YouTube at your school may be blocked for any reason, many schools just block all outgoing traffic to unknown websites, many places will block access to YouTube because they think it could be a productivity killer. While it is no doubt that any website on the Internet can be a productivity killer, YouTube does have a lot of educational content, including tutorials, how-tos, and explanations. If you want to access YouTube at your school, unblocking it should be fairly easy, read on and we will discuss some of the easiest ways to unblock YouTube at school, college or at university without spending money on buying software or mobile apps.

Adding HTTPS on the address

Before digging into other techniques of getting YouTube to work, give this a shot: on the address bar, use HTTPS instead of HTTP when you enter the YouTube’s website address. While it may not work on all schools, many institutions block access to an insecure website. Using HTTPS makes sure that you are connecting to the SSL version of YouTube which may be enough to let you watch YouTube at school.

Unblocking YouTube at School: The VPN way

VPN is probably the best way to access YouTube at school. Not only you will be able to access YouTube, it will also tunnel all of your data, making it very difficult for ISPs to track what website you are visiting. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it definitely is the best way to unblock YouTube at school.

The market is full of VPN providers which offer their services for free or with a monthly fee. If you don’t want to shell out cash, in my opinion, the best free option is using Opera Browser. Opera comes with built-in free VPN services. Unlike other free VPN’s Opera does not have a daily data limit and it won’t inject ads into your YouTube experience.

Using Opera VPN to access YouTube
Using Opera VPN to access YouTube

To access YouTube at school, just download Opera from here. Install the app,  Open it and click on the VPN button on the left side of the address bar.

Apart from Opera, there are tons of good VPNs available, including:

  • TunnelBear VPN: Good service, it has a limited free tier. You will have to upgrade to a paid tier if you use a lot of YouTube.
  • Hotspot Shield: With Ads, this VPN offers a free experience. Keep in mind that they may keep a log of your browsing activity on the free tier.
  • ExpressVPN: It’s a paid VPN, but the service is fast and prices are reasonable. ExpressVPN does not track your browsing activities.

Just for watching YouTube at school, I think Opera’s free built-in VPN should be more than enough though and it has an Ad-Blocker built in too.

Using Proxy Websites

If you don’t want to install any app or extension and using HTTPS is also not working, using Proxy Web Addresses should be the way to go. With this method, all of your data is sent and received by your browser is passed through a proxy web address which should let you unblock YouTube at school. To change your Proxy Web Address, simply do the following:
First, you will have to find a proxy address to use, you can browse this website or search on the internet for free proxy addresses.

  • Once you have a Proxy Address, on Chrome open the menu and then Click on Settings.
  • Under settings, click on Advanced to get to proxy options.
  • Now, under System, click on Open Proxy Settings.
  • Under Connections tab, click on LAN settings.
  • On the next dialog, enable “Use a Proxy server for your LAN”
  • Enter the Address and Port number you have got from the internet.
  • Click on OK.
Using Proxy Web Addresses to access YouTube at school
Using Proxy Web Addresses to access YouTube at school

If a proxy address does not work, you can always try other address. To disable a proxy, just uncheck Use a proxy server for your LAN in the dialog box.

Just Download the video Locally

In case changing proxy is not your cup of tea and you don’t want to install apps on your school computer, you can simply download YouTube videos locally, We covered some of the best ways for downloading YouTube videos that you can check out. Otherwise, you can find the video via searching for the topic on Google and then clicking on the Videos tab just below the search box.

Then copy the video address and enter it on an online video downloading site such as KeepVid or Savefrom.net

Unblocking YouTube With TOR

TOR can be used to unblock YouTube at school

TOR is a very secure Mozilla Firefox-based web browser, which lets you browse the web anonymously. It can easily unblock any website that your School or college may have blocked access to. TOR also hides your IP address so it becomes very tough to see and track your browsing data. TOR is free to use and it will definitely let you browse and watch YouTube at your school or university.

Using Proxy Websites

Using Proxy Sites is one of the popular ways of getting around internet restrictions on schools and offices. While Proxy sites are not as private as using a VPN service, these don’t need you to install any browser extension and most of them are very easy to use. Proxy Websites have an address bar on them where you can enter the web address of the site (which will be youtube.com in your case). Once you have pressed enter, the website will be opened in a new tab with a proxy address.

Here are some popular Proxy Websites:

  • Kproxy.com
  • Hide.me

One of the major problems with Proxy Sites is that most of the inject unreasonable number of ads within web pages, to get around this, you can always use an ad blocker or a web browser that has built-in ad blocking features such as Opera or Brave.

How Do You Unblock YouTube at School?

Well, I have always used Opera’s built-in VPN to access YouTube at my college. How do you get YouTube at your institution? Let us know in the comments below.

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Here is Everything You Wanted To Know About Deep Web And Tor

Tor and Deep web have never been more relevant than today, we have touched the matter of privacy in Windows 10 and talked about dark web before. Today let’s take a look at what Tor is and how to use it in the infographic below which was made by the folks at WIHT.

Click on the infographic to see in enlarged.

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Get Ready, uTorrent Will Soon Be Completely Browser-Based

uTorrent is one of the most famous torrent site with around 150 million users. Most of its best features came with an update five years ago. Since then it’s growth has stopped and is almost non existent.

However, founder Brahm Cohen, according to Torrent freak, has promised that this will change. He said that the company was going through some tough times after it hired outsiders to run the company. By this he means the cousins Bob Delamar and Jeremy Johnson, who became co-CEOs of BitTorrent and aimed to turn the client into “the next Netflix.” but all they could do is burn millions by implementing hair brained scheme and driving the company to bankruptcy.

The cousins also bailed on a browser project, Maelstrom, which had the potential to kick start the torrents-in-a-browser project years earlier. According to Cohen:

“What came of Maelstrom is that Jeremy just decided not to ship Maelstrom because he thought he had some genius idea that would be so much better. And he is so utterly incompetent at doing product he couldn’t even put together an actual product out of it and just killed the whole project.”

Cohen was very adamant when he spoke of the future of torrent as browser based application. The difference being that it won’t be it’s own browser but the browser you are currently using.

uTorrent’s shift to the browser will make it more accessible especially for those who are less tech savvy and had refrain from using it. It will also allow the company to continue its in-client advertising focus. This can also be a step in the right direction for the streaming service that has been functional but stagnant for some time now. Building on proven frameworks and ever-updated browsers allows uTorrent to roll out features much faster, and at less expense than its own client.

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Reliance Jio Prime, Airtel, BSNL Vodafone or Idea: Who Has The Best Unlimited Data Offer For You?

After a couple of months after its launch, we can safely say that Reliance Jio has shaken up the telecom market. And none of the leading operators has been left unaffected. In an effort to gain their customer loyalty they are busy in coming up with plans to compete with Jio’s unlimited data, voice and SMS packs. 31st March was supposed to mark the end of the Jio unlimited offer. But now Jio has given its customers a surprise with its Jio Prime Membership Subscription.

To combat Jio’s Prime Membership which offers Unlimited data, voice call and text at Rs 10 per day, all the major service providers have come up with their own plans. With so many plans in the market, customers are bound to get confused. Here we have simplified it down for you.

Reliance Jio Prime subscription + Rs. 303 recharge pack

Those customers that subscribe to Jio Prime Membership will get 28 GB data at the prepaid recharge of Rs303 that will be valid for 28 days. Jio Prime Postpaid customers will get 30 GB data for a billing cycle of the same period. The subscription fee will be Rs 99 and the customers will get to use 1GB 4 G data per day and unlimited voice calls.

There will also be a Rs. 499 Jio Prime recharge pack, which will give 56GB data to prepaid users, with daily limit of 2GB. Postpaid customers will get 60GB of 4G data for the billing cycle, with the FUP set at 2GB per day.

Airtel Rs. 345 recharge pack

Airtel has come up with Rs 345 recharge pack that will give the customer 28 GB 4 G data for a validity of 28 days. The daily limit is 1 GB with 500 MB during the day and 500 MB at night. There will also be a Rs. 549 recharge pack, which will come with 1GB daily FUP, but no limits based on timings.

Both the packs will come with unlimited voice calls. However, calls beyond the 1,200 bundled minutes will be charged at 30p per minute (for local and STD calls). The daily limit on calls being 300 minutes. Also calling more than 100 unique users in a week will cause a charge of 30p per minute.

Airtel Surprise offer

Airtel will provide 30 GB free data for its postpaid customers from March 13 valid for three months. Under this plan, the postpaid customers will get 10 GB free data per month with no limit on daily usage. Go to the MyAirtel app, and the data will be credited soon after you claim the ‘Airtel Surprise.’ Users will have until March 31 to claim the free 30GB data.

Vodafone Rs. 346 recharge pack

Vodafone’s Rs 346 recharge will provide the customer with 28 GB high-speed data and unlimited voice calls. The daily consumption limit will be 1GB after which the customers will be charged. Vodafone announced “Vodafone customers are diverse as are their wants. To satisfy these diverse needs and wants, Vodafone offers various segmented propositions. This is one such segmented offering and the offer is valid only until 15 March.”

BSNL Rs. 339 recharge pack

This special tariff voucher by BSNL priced at Rs 339 will provide you with 2GB high-speed data daily for 28 days. It will include unlimited voice calls to BSNL and 25 minutes free calls to other networks daily. After this, the charge will be 25p per minute.

Idea Rs. 348 recharge pack

Idea is providing 500 MB data daily for a period of 28 days in its Rs348 recharge pack. To avail this offer, users will be required to have a 4G enabled smartphone. The pack is aimed at low-data consumers and is offered to users by Idea executives

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This Film Company Made a KickassTorrent Clone To Troll Pirates in Coolest Way Possible

KickassTorrents is dead, and there have been more than just one attempts of bringing the site back on from the dead, but filmmaking company Romaly has made a clone of legendary piracy site to troll pirates in a way that no one has done before.

The Costa Rican film distributor made a fake clone of torrenting site addressed at LegalTorrents.net in hopes of luring some illegal download seekers from traditional (and real) piracy sites. Very much like the original KAT, the site looks aesthetically similar, and it has pages for movies that include screenshots, IMDB ratings and even download ratings.

Just like many torrenting sites, once you click on the download button, the site shows you a short trailer of the movie that is accompanied by a short message warning that describes the negative effects of piracy. It offers something in return for tricking users, on the page, the company provides an email address to pirates where they can claim two tickets for the movie that they were trying to download illegally – and all that completely free of charge.

“With the creation of our own torrent download page we seek to approach all those who try to carry out this type of illegal action and create awareness on the subject through positive reinforcement,” said Romaly marketing head Alonso Solís to TorrentFreak.

It’s good to see a Hollywood company being so cool about piracy and trying something different than just trying to get the torrenting sites down.

And one important thing: you can download the torrent files from the site too, but there are no seeders, so getting the movie illegally from the site is technically impossible.

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WhatsApp is testing a way to actually make money

A report by Reuter states that Whatsapp has begun testing ways for businesses to directly message their consumers. So Whatsapp may soon be ready to make real money.

Whatsapp used to charge a $0.99 annual fees, but after being acquired by Facebook, Whatsapp abandoned the annual fee. Whatsapp had then said that it will let the users interact with businesses and organization with the aim of making money. So this step by Whatsapp wasn’t that unexpected.

The Reuters report said, that some Y Combinator startups have begun testing the feature,

“The trial is still in the early stages, said Umer Ilyas, co-founder of Cowlar Inc, one of the startups involved. The system is highly anticipated in remote places where WhatsApp is especially popular, he said.

Cowlar makes collars for dairy cows, collecting data on their activity and recommending changes to improve milk yield. The company, which is testing the collars in the United States, wants to use WhatsApp to send automatic alerts from the collars directly to farmers if say, a cow is not behaving normally, Ilyas said.”

Another report by Mashable also supports the Reuters report. It suggests that a variant of Whatsapp, called Whatsapp for Business is being tested in India.

This step is quite similar to what Facebook did with its Messenger. The change had led to a huge increase in business related bots in Facebook. Whatsapp is more popular communication tool than Messenger in many areas, so taking a similar approach with Whatsapp makes sense.

Now it has to be seen when this features for Whatsapp will be officially announced.

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You can now receive larger email attachments via Gmail

When it comes to sending files from point A to point B, email is still the easiest way of doing this; you don’t need any other software, it just takes a few clicks, and you can be sure that the person B will get it easily. Until, well, the size if the attachment is less than or equal to the one that your email provider allows.

Gmail is still the king of email, and for sending and receiving an email attachment, the good old email service supported just 25 MB of maximum file size in the past. In a surprising step, the company today announced that it will now let users review up to 50 MB of email attachments.

Don’t be too happy, though, the maximum attachment size for outgoing email is still 25 MB, and if you are looking to send a file larger than that, you will need the help of cloud-based services such as Microsoft OneDrive, or Google’s own Google Drive.

The announcement post noted that the update might take up to three days to come into effect for all users. So you may have to wait for a little.  One more thing, you should keep in mind that the gmail storage is limited for free accounts so you may have to do a regular cleanup of your inbox if you receive too many large email attachments.

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Don’t Freak Out, But Mozilla Just Bought Pocket

Pocket has been one of the best read it later services for years, so much so that we have included it in our picks of apps that you must have on your Android phone, today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that the well loved Read it later service has been acquired.

The company announced the news on its blog and said that the acquisition was strategic and the foundation aims to provide existing Pocket Users more powerful tools to discover and read quality content. The financial terms are not disclosed, though.

However, the Mozilla Foundation will not kill pocket. Instead, the Pocket will work an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla, and it will continue to provide its 10 million users with offline available reading.

“We believe that the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content is key to keeping the internet healthy by fighting against the rising tide of centralization and walled gardens. Pocket provides people with the tools they need to engage with and share content on their own terms, independent of hardware platform or content silo, for a safer, more empowered and independent online experience,” Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO

-Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO

This is not the first time Mozilla is shown working with Pocket, in 2015, Mozilla integrated the Pocket service to its Firefox web browser. And with that Pocket is currently available on The Web, iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari, and Windows.

The CEO of Pocket wrote in a blog:”They’re adding fuel to our rocketship. We have worked closely with Mozilla as we partnered with their Firefox team, and established a deep trust with their team and vision. They have extraordinary resources, global scale, and reach to put Pocket in more places, and help us build an even better product, faster.”

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Google Just Announced Death of Spaces, A Content Sharing Platform No One Cared About

Google had announced a new sharing app last year named Spaces. The objective of this app was to create a virtual space where the users could interact over various topics and share content. However, Spaces failed to attract many users in the period of one year. Google is thus shutting down the messaging app, as it announced in a post on Google+.

In the post product manager John Kilcine announced that the app has helped Google understand a lot about how people interact and share content and that Shares will be made read only in the coming weeks and the iOS and Android apps will completely shut down on April 17.

“As we focus our efforts, we’ve decided to take what we learned with Spaces, and apply it to our existing products,” Kilcine wrote. “Unfortunately, this means that we’ll be saying goodbye to supporting Spaces. We want to thank all of the Spaces users who tried out the app and shared their feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

It is unclear what Google intends to do with the information it collected via Spaces and how Google will put it to use. The information might be applied to other services by Google as Google decided to shut down Spaces on the same day it outlined a new messaging strategy for Android.

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