“The user decides what web content is acceptable or not in their browser.” – µBlock manifesto
Today we want to introduce you to two alternative (open source) tools for this, made by Raymond Hill: µBlock and µMatrix
This is a simple tool, comparable to Adblock Plus, but it is open source and light-weight and very user friendly. This tool uses the approach and block-lists as AdBlock Plus and has the main advantage of being more lightweight as you can see in the graph below:
Source code and more information: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock
This tool is comparable to RequestPolicy and is aimed at blocking non first party requests, like RequestPolicy. It has a nice matrix that you can easily click to allow/disallow certain requests. I have found that it works much better as it also allows related 3rd party domains. For instance redditmedia.com is not blocked on reddit.com, where RequestPolicy would block it.
Source code and more information: https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix
On the following links you find the installable extensions for Chromium and Firefox:
Both tools enhance your security and privacy online. They are easy to use and have great integration with the free Chrome (Chromium) browser. Unfortunately µMatrix is not yet available for Firefox, but this may only be a matter of time. I would highly recommend to use both tools in your Chromium install and I would recommend µBlock also on Firefox.