Google to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users

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  1. oliverjia

    oliverjia Registered Member

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    Shameless corporate gangsters. Although they certainly have the right to do anything to their browser, these statement by these morons are pure disgusting.
     
  2. mirimir

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    Not that I trust Google much, but there are concerns about malicious extensions with too much access. It's that access that lets friendly extensions block tracking and ads more effectively, and malicious payloads too.

    I think that users should have the freedom to modify browsers. Even if it means that sometimes they put themselves at risk. But Google and Apple want to protect us from ourselves ;)
     
  3. Umbra

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    Disgusting? No, funny, yes but not the statement, but the idea that they know people will eat those words like holy bread.

    BTW, I wish to be one of these legal gangster, my life would be more exciting . :p
     
  4. Rasheed187

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    So this will limit malicious extensions from getting too much access? But I really wonder how much this will affect ad-blockers like uBlock and Ghostery. And from what I understood, you can also use a solution like AdGuard.
     
  5. Deletedmessiah

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    I also wish to be one of those legal gangsters but likeliness to happen that is as good as non existent. I'm on the side that'll only get the "experience" all over the web out of it. Its not surprising act from Google but I have no reason to act chill since I'm on the losing side. Well played Google :'(
     
  6. Bertazzone

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    Chromium forks are not obliged to follow in G's footsteps with this change. Brave won't, and I doubt the new Edge project will because it will give them an advantage. If G so concerned about security why is the Web Store a home for all sorts of malware, like the fake Malwarebytes extension that's still up.
     
  7. Daveski17

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    I was wondering about this. There's no reason, AFAIK, that Vivaldi or Opera would have to implement this.

    I wonder if the Big G see the irony in this lol.
     
  8. anon

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    Ad blockers or not – your choice matters
    June 4, 2019
    https://vivaldi.com/blog/chromium-ad-blockers-choice/
     
  9. noway

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    I know what I'm doing on the weekend. Switching back to Firefox. Using Chrome (Help-Report an Issue) I sent them my feelings as a final gesture and hope others do the same.
     
  10. Minimalist

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    Perfect example why monopoly in any market is not good for customer. Every company is such position is tempted to use that power and not many can resist. I guess Google failed here also.
    I moved to FF when they released quantum version and now I'm happy I did.
     
  11. Daveski17

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    I doubt Vivaldi will actually do anything about this. I would be happy if they did, but I doubt they have the resources. Meanwhile I've tried Midori and Gnome Web and come to the conclusion that they are *not too hot at adblocking. Falkon was promising until I found out that along with its new name it has a new rendering engine. It's swapped WebKit for Blink, probably a logical move until this <expletive deleted> from Google.

    I think SeaMonkey would be a viable back-up to Firefox. I always liked it and it runs well on Linux. It can also use some Firefox add-ons.

    *By 'not too hot' I mean totally rubbish.
     
  12. anon

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    How Google's anti-adblocking draft affects other Chromium-based browsers
    https://www.ghacks.net/2019/06/06/h...-draft-affects-other-chromium-based-browsers/
     
  13. mood

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    Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase
    Other browser makers don't seem to be on board with Google's decision to neuter its extensions API, and essentially, ad blockers
    June 9, 2019

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/opera...i-ad-blocker-changes-despite-shared-codebase/
     
  14. Daveski17

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    I've been looking for a Linux friendly alternative to Chrome. I ran Vivaldi on Ubuntu four years ago, although it's over reliant on Chrome extensions IMO. It's easier and less problematical to use what's in the repo, which basically comes down to a choice between Opera and Tor.

    opera.jpg

    I used Opera back in the Presto days. It's looking like a contender and its inbuilt adblocker is quite good. So, Google, looks like you've shot yourself in the foot there mate.
     
  15. Rasheed187

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    I honestly didn't know that other browser developers could choose to simply not implement this API, very good news! I assumed that all changes in Chromium would also end up in Opera, Edge and Vivaldi.
     
  16. Stefan Froberg

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    Nowadays, good built-in ad blocker should be a standard browser feature anyway ...
     
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