A reader asks... Mary L. wrote to ask me if I use an ad blocker for my web browser, and if so, which one? The answer is “Hell, yes!” I use an ad blocker! I hate seeing those ads, and even more I hate the delayed visual “pop” when they populate after the text I want to read renders. I have to say, though, that because I read so much on an iPad (with no ad blockers, dang it) I am getting to the point where tuning out the ads is nearly automatic. I consciously (almost) never click on an ad, though, as I know that information will be collected and used to target more ads to me. As things are right now, the ads I see are almost entirely comprised of three categories: things that I've looked at on Amazon, things that Debbie has looked at on Amazon (we share an account), and things related to electronics. The latter, I presume, is because some vendor I've dealt with has sold my name to a list (I'm betting it's Newark, where I bought my 'scope).
As for which ad blocker: at the moment I'm using Ublock. I'm happy with its performance, it eliminates virtually all ads, and it's available for both Chrome and Firefox (I still use both browsers about equally). It's also available for Safari, but I can't speak to its performance there as I almost never use Safari (because of compatibility issues on several sites I visit daily).