Before we start talking about AdBlock first lets jump into some definitions like what is an extension. Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the browsers. They have little to no user interface and they are a plug-in that extends the functionality of a web browser and modify your web pages. Extensions can do many things, they are like any other piece of software, although very limited. The best place to start searching for an extension that you’d like would be Google Play store, if you are Chrome user or Add-ons for Firefox users, for example.
AdBlock is a content filtering and ad blocking extension for Chrome, Apple Safari, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge web browsers. The purpose of AdBlock is the name itself, it allows users to prevent certain page elements such as advertisements, from being displayed. This extension is free and it’s completely up to user if he or she is willing to donate certain amount for supporting developers to keep upgrading the extension. AdBlock is also safe to use and it will not steal user’s data. Once you install your desired AdBlock extension, in most cases the extension itself will do everything for u.
However, as much as we like to block some ads that are stopping us from enjoying the content of certain websites that we are visiting, or videos that we are watching, some might argue that while doing so we put the future of the free internet under threat. Being able to get free stuff on the internet relies almost entirely on ads. What most of you also didn’t know is that blocking ads can truly hurt the website that you love visiting as they are profiting the most out of those ads and are paid on a per view basis.
Everyone who uses AdBlock simply blocks all ads, while people who don’t use it end up having to watch more. Ads as annoying as they can be, they are also a harmless way of paying for the free content that the internet produces, and can be very informative. So what would be the smartest thing to do here? In my honest opinion, you should respect the websites that you love the most by allowing the ads and disabling the extensions for them, while the websites that you are unlikely to stick around with or that look shady you should always run it no matter what. At the end of the day it is completely up to you whether you want to consider supporting websites with ads or you just don’t want to be bothered with it.