Ad-Blockers, Anti-Trackers and Virtual Private Networks [VPNs]

While these clever bits of software do a fantastic job of stopping unscrupulous companies from tracking your browsing habits, they also play havoc with websites like ours.

Many people resent having their online browsing activities tracked and protect their privacy by installing browser add-ins, like ad-blocking and anti-tracking apps. One can also enhance one's security through various browser settings that tighten up the way websites serve cookies and what kind of content they are allowed to send to you. It is also quite common practice for people to install and use virtual private networks to give themselves some form of anonymity when surfing the internet.

These ingenious apps do a pretty good job of shielding us from prying eyes but they cannot differentiate between who is friend and who is foe, well, not unless you tell them otherwise.

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Thankfully, this is often quite easy to remedy.

When using a Virtual Private Network:

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If you are using a VPN, then choose a server location in the same country where you live as this will generally allow you to browse without experiencing any further issues. This however, occasionally doesn't fully solve the problem and you may need to temporarily switch off your VPN while using some sites.

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When using Ad-Blockers and Anti-Trackers:

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If you have installed ad-blocking or anti-tracking add-ins within your browser app, then you can easily flag the sites you know as 'trusted sites' of yours. This informs the ad-blocker and/or anti-tracker app that you are happy for them to relax the rules when browsing these sites.