Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Facebook Purity – Finally a solution to make Facebook what you want

Let’s face it, like it or not many of us use Facebook on a daily basis. But Facebook has some very annoying things about it and until recently I was putting up with the non-sense.  Then I found a comment on the Facebook community page of a user telling everyone about Facebook Purity. The problem was they could not share the link, Facebook was blocking it!!!  No surprise because this program is awesome.   And it’s Free. 

Purity has several pages of settings.  You can tweak your Facebook as you like.  Some of the best features are being able to disable Suggested Posts which is nothing more than advertising.  Games people are playing, I don’t care about that non-sense and with Purity you will never see that again.  You can finally disable those auto-play videos.

Purity has a feature to filter content on keywords that you define.  So if you are fed up with your friends complaining about Donald Trump for example you can filter those posts from your timeline.  Maybe you don’t want to see spoilers for your favorite TV shows, now you can do it.

Here’s another good one you can filter on image content likes cats, selfies, dogs or food.  On a diet, I would filter the food photos. 

Do you want to know when a friend removes you from their list?  Now you can with Purity.  You can hide all photos or videos if you wish.  You can hide the chat bar if you don’t use it. The list goes on and on.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Block ads with Adguard Adblocker

I have been a user of Adblock Plus (ABP) for many years.  But lately many web sites I visit can detect this technology and block viewing their web site until you disable ABP.  Android Central is one example.  Their web site is riddled with ads and it is necessary to use an ad blocker to control all the popups and an animated ads they run.  I understand these sites need revenue to continue providing content, but some go too far and don't properly vet the ads they present on their web pages.  It's their own fault that ad blocking technology is needed.

I recently tried an app called Adguard Adblocker and this app is invisible to these same web sites allowing me to view their web pages with no ads.  It also uses less memory and seems a tad faster than ABP.  They make a Chrome app for free that works really well.