A Guide to Ad Blockers in 2019

While there are many ways to tailor your targeted ad experience, you can also block ads altogether. The only catch is that there are an overwhelming amount of ad blocker options online. There are also different types of ad blockers out there, so the whole endeavour can be a little daunting. It helps to break down the solutions into three categories:

1. Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

A VPN is a tool you can use to privately browse the web through an encrypted server. While these servers are free in some cases, the better options cost a few dollars a month. This is the most comprehensive and technical route to go. If you’re fully committed to privacy and willing to pay for a few extra layers of security, setting up a VPN is the right choice. If you’re just an everyday internet user looking for a more casual solution, the other two options might be more your speed. For a list of some great VPNs, check out this fantastic CNET piece. And here’s our guide on when to use a VPN.

2. In-browser Blockers

Some browsers have ad blockers built in, making the process that much smoother. Depending on which browser you use, you may be able to save some time. If you use Mozilla Firefox, you’re in luck. Using built-in features, the browser can block pop-ups, cookies, and it includes a whitelist option to allow for exceptions. Head to the browser settings to check out the full range of options. Google Chrome users can also rejoice, as the browser has some custom security settings. You can turn on a tracking cookie blocker, as well as allow pop-ups for a list of trusted sites. Google will still track your data to sell to advertisers, so we recommend using a third-party extension as well, which we’ll dive into next.

3. Browser Extensions

Getting an extension for your browser is always a good call. Adblock is typically the best bet, as it blocks other ads in addition to the usual pop-up ads. The ads you typically s