Content Blockers with ios 9

  • Now that ios 9 has content blockers that work with Safari, Safari has become a more attractive browser. I believe it would help Coast for Opera a lot if it could permit content blocking. Some sites are awful with all of the annoying popups and ads. It makes it almost impossible to enjoy the site. So I'm hoping that Coast rises to the occasion now, and does not let Safari get a leg up on it.

  • I wanted to add one thing. When I said Safari was a more attractive browser, now that one could get content blockers with it, I did not mean to suggest it was, for me, better than Coast. Coast is a terrific browser, that I thoroughly enjoy. In terms of ads, here's what I do. For those few heavy, ad, popup pages I sometimes browse, I may use Safari (with a content blocking app) (I like 1blocker) or a browser called Adblock (which knocks out ads). For the vast preponderance of my browsing, I happily enjoy Coast. It's an awesome browser and unique. There's nothing quite like. It makes browsing aesthetically pleasing/enjoyable.

  • Hey lem729!

    There is currently no way for Opera Coast to hook into the ad blocking system on iOS. Apple made that only available for Safari. We're considering what we should do with it though, so stay tuned.

    On the other hand, I personally fear that most sites will in the future make it much more difficult to block ads for ad blockers since it is now part of Safari for iOS. There's going to be a lot of things happening in the ad blocking space the next year!

  • It's not just ad blockers that are needed - blocking trackers and 3rd party cookies imo is even more important than blocking ads. Both Opera iOS browsers fall way behind now Safari has this content blocker option. I have a number of plugins to help with safe browsing on desktop Opera but feel it's non-existent on mobile Opera.

  • I've switched to Purify as my app that works with Safari, and it's very good (although there are other apps one can try). I'm glad alexremen said Opera is looking at this issue. I believe it would be shortsighted not to move into this area, if at all possible. Now the Purify app blocks ads and tracking for Safari, though it's possible to whitelist sites, if you chose. The reality is that quite a few web pages are so jammed with ads and other stuff, that cozza mentions, that it's near impossible to read a page because the page is constantly jumping. The ads are out of control. Now in Windows, ad blockers like Adblock plus, and others, have for years worked pleasurably well. I see no reason why it's not the future for iOS. For Opera to have a gorgeous browser like Coast for Opera, and a delightful one also like Opera Mini, but ignore this area, would be to waste all of the fine work done.

  • I've switched to Purify as my app that works with Safari, and it's very good (although there are other apps one can try). I'm glad alexremen said Opera is looking at this issue. I believe it would be shortsighted not to move into this area, if at all possible. Now the Purify app blocks ads and tracking for Safari, though it's possible to whitelist sites, if you chose. 1Blocker also blocks adds, activity tracking, 3rd party tracking, etc. The reality is that quite a few web pages are sometimes so jammed with ads and other stuff, that cozza mentions, that it's near impossible to read a page because the page is constantly jumping. The ads are out of control. Now in Windows, ad blockers like Adblock plus, and others, have for years worked pleasurably well. I see no reason why it's not the future for iOS. For Opera to have a gorgeous browser like Coast for Opera, and a delightful one also like Opera Mini, but ignore this area, would be to waste all of the fine work done.

  • Please delete as this is a duplicate of what I just posted

  • Here's a link in today's Washington Post that explains some of the differet iOS adblockers, but which also explains the tension between blocking ads, and the need for sites to use ads to make revenue and survive.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/10/01/heres-how-some-of-the-top-ios-9-ad-blockers-stack-up/

    I personally don't mind relatively unobtrusive ads that don't interfere with the ability to enjoy a website. It's the obnoxious ones -- some of them even run in the middle of an article, and as you scroll down, scroll with you and keep blocking text -- that make the web page a total mess, and the content blocker a godsend.

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