I ran another round of content blocker testing for Mobile Safari
in order to take a look at which ones are the “best” right now. To
be fair: it’s really hard to find these content blockers on the
App Store now, so I grabbed the ones which looked the most popular
to me (top lists, and top search results) and then did the testing
to see which was the best.
Now, I am using a particular word choice here: best. In the past I
mostly evaluated on speed or website size reductions. This was
problematic because a content blocker could work out to be very
fast, while still breaking the usability of the site.
I love his subjective focus on “best”, and agree with his conclusions. Firefox Focus is an interesting option because it acts both as a system-wide Safari content blocker and as a standalone always-private web browser app. No special private or incognito mode — it’s always private, with no saved cookies, no history, etc.
I’d love to see someone do a survey of the field for Mac content blockers. (Brooks is all-in on iOS and doesn’t use a Mac any more.)
★ Wednesday, 26 September 2018