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Author:  shieldwolf [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:11 am ]
Post subject:  Techniques for avoiding advertising

How to avoid advertisements on the web:

If you're not using Firefox, you should be.


Once you've got Firefox, you should install tools to protect you from advertising. First one is Adblock Plus


This lets you block advertisements, and is configurable. But it can be a lot of work to configure it, so there's another tool that will automatically download config files for you and keep them up to date, it's called Adblock Filterset Updater.


Next, if you want to block particular sites completely, you can use this tool, called BlockSite:


After you've done all this, you can customize Google to remove certain items you don't want to see with the CustomizeGoogle add on.


With this tool, you can remove advertisements, filter out sites you don't ever want to see in your search results, and remove google tracking. Which may screw up Muses website statistics tracking, but will prevent you from becoming a target for advertisements specifically related to eating disorders and dieting etc.

If you take the time to install and set up these tools, you will be amazed at the difference.

Author:  shieldwolf [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:28 am ]
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How to avoid advertisements in your mail:

First, install Thunderbird:


This mail reader has a built in spam blocker that learns how to identify spam as you mark things as spam/not spam. This will go a long way towards keeping your mailbox advertisement free.

Once you've got that installed, you want to be using it to read your web based mail, like Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, etc.

So you need to install the Webmail add on.


Once you've installed this, you'll be able to view your mail from all these websites without having to see their banners and other assorted crap.

After this is all done, you should set up folders for every piece of mail you expect to receive, and filters to automatically move them there. This will prefilter your pile, and your learning spam filters will also prefilter.

Between the two, you'll have an ever shrinking pile of messages that "might" be spam to wade through and mark as "is spam" or "is not spam".

Author:  browncoatrebel [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:30 am ]
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Wow, thanks a ton for those tips! I was using Adblock Plus, but I didn't know about the filterset updater or the google customizer.

Another handy one is Remove It Permanently:


Author:  shieldwolf [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:34 am ]
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How to avoid advertising in your multimedia:

Stop paying for cable television. Disconnect your service, and use the money you save to buy a DVD burner for backup, a video card for your computer that supports TV-Out, and a large external hard drive that you can use to carry files to and from your friends places.

Talk to friends about what sort of things they enjoy watching these days so you can find out what's available. Then use Bittorrent to download entire seasons at a time. They will be completely advertisement free, and you can watch them at your leisure.

Teach your friends to do this too. Then you can go visit them with your large external hard drive in tow, and quickly share things you've found interesting without having to download them yourself.

Author:  shieldwolf [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:44 am ]
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How to avoid advertising from software companies:

When you use windows, you always end up installing a bunch of different programs released by for-profit companies. And those companies always want to motivate you to buy more, and use nothing but their products. So, every time you open a program, you get nagged to buy something.

You also end up installing pieces of untrustworthy cracked software full of viruses and crap, and they flood your machine with more ads.

Get away from this by using an operating system that is community based and open. Use Ubuntu.


You can spend a little money on a new hard drive, install it in your machine, then install Ubuntu in parallel to windows, allowing you to revert if you have a problem or a piece of software that you occasionally can't do without.

Once you're using this operating system, you will have access to vast repositories of free software that you can download from within the system without having to pay or search the net.

The code that was used to build the software is always available, so you can rely on people to remove anything nefarious from a program and re-release it under a new name with the same functionality should the original author decide to sell out and try to exploit your dependence on it.

This means everything you use will generally be designed to fit your system seamlessly rather than trying to get attention for its author, and at the very least will not attempt to cripple the software and pressure you to buy or upgrade.

This is probably the most daunting of my tips, but once you get comfortable, it's easier than dealing with Windows, and it leaves you your liberty going into the future. Sharon finds it very reminiscent of using a Mac.

Author:  shieldwolf [ Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:15 am ]
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How to avoid advertising in public spaces:

Show some restraint in who you are willing to do business with. Be a patron instead of a consumer.

When you're a consumer, you go out with the attitude that you've got a certain amount of money, and the contest is to get as much for yourself as you can with that money.

When you're a patron, you go out with the attitude that your money is representative of your power, and that you should consider the consequences of wielding that power.

Don't buy from malls. Don't buy from franchises. Don't eat at chain restaurants.

When you buy from these places, you'll see ads, and you'll help fund more ads.

Do buy from small specialty shops, run by a person who is passionate about what they're doing. Buy from small, family run restaurants. Buy from upscale used clothing outlets. Buy from craftsmen and women who make things themselves.

When you buy from these places, you won't see ads there, and you'll change the reality of modern life ever so slightly from "ads work" to "ads don't work drive up costs".

Spend a little more and help the people who aren't polluting your environment with signs and noise compete with the people who are. Show them that you appreciate their integrity enough to do business with them instead of the other guy.

Author:  shieldwolf [ Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:29 pm ]
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Here's another suggestion:

There was recently a wave of hacks on webservers all around the world. Over 500,000 servers were successfully hacked.

After hacking the webservers, the attackers modified the content in the websites to make them load javascript code from a web server under the attackers control.

This means that when you're browsing some site that you would usually think of as trustworthy, there are programs running in the background, showing you ads, capturing your personal data and changing your user experience.

You should use Firefox as your web browser, and install the NoScript extension.

This will allow you to selectively add to a list of websites that are allowed to run scripts, and have all other scripts blocked from running.

It's a bit of a pain in the ass at first, because you have to say "Yes, I want youtube to be able to run scripts, yes, I want webiteback to be able to run scripts, etc" until you've taught it what is trustworthy.

However, once it is done, you will be secure against these attacks, and against a whole host of different malware.

If you don't take the time to do this, you WILL have control of your computer taken away from you. There are just too many websites involved, it's only a matter of time at this point.

Author:  Recoveredandproud [ Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:59 pm ]
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Author:  CaptainAwesome2.0 [ Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:39 am ]
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Lol!! the spam guy made me chuckle ^^

Author:  Recoveredandproud [ Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:54 am ]
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CaptainAwesome2.0 wrote:
Lol!! the spam guy made me chuckle ^^

I know I love him :D. It's a super old spam post but I had to use the opportunity once I spotted it to use the spam dude.

Author:  Johanna [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Techniques for avoiding advertising

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this, much appreciated.

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