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Can Ublock Origin block tracking analytics?


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#1 SuperSapien64

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 10:53 PM

I've been using Ublock Origin for years now. But theres something I'm not sure if it can block most if not all tracking analytics such as Google analytics?

BTW I use the Easy Privacy filter.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:22 AM

If you open the Dashboard on uBlock Origin, and click on the 3rd Party Filters tab, you will see a number of optional filters that can be used to block various different types of annoyance.

 

The Privacy filters are the ones to select if you want to block analytics.

 

To see whether the filter you choose is blocking the particular analytics site you want to block, do the following ...

 

  1. Click on the filter you're wanting to use. This will open the filter contents.
  2. Hit Ctrl + F to open a search window
  3. If you're wanting to know if it blocks Google Analytics, use that (or variations of it) as your search criteria.

 

Using that method, from the options offered by uBlock origin, I was able to determine that the following filters block Google analytics ....

 

uBlock Origin -- Privacy filters

Easy Privacy

 

Can filters block all analytics ........ I seriously doubt it, since new ones spring up all the time, however they can greatly reduce the number that you're sending data to.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 06:46 AM

Adding to Gary R's comments.
 

...The browser extension uBlock Origin blocks Google Analytics to prevent user tracking. Since some sites stop working correctly if Google Analytics is not loaded properly, a neutered script is injected instead to reduce the likelihood of sites breaking.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 07:03 AM

I have not fully explored this add on myself....but its attributes may be of interest to you...

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adnauseam/


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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:40 AM

Not seen that one before Condobloke, thanks. The home site has a bit more info ... https://adnauseam.io/

 

It looks interesting, I think I'll have a play with it myself, and see how it performs.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 12:25 PM

Thanks everyone you've answered my question. :)



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:28 PM

uBlock Origin's creator indicates Advanced User Medium Mode as the preferred mode for balance in ease of use and unlocking its potential. Not only blocks ads but scripts as well, including malware and trackers. This video provides the best tutorial on how to use uBlock Origin (in fact there is a link to it on uBO's website). 

  A bit of common sense and some trial & error as you browse your usual websites and you'll truly be an "advanced user" in a very short time. Very funny as well!

 

If you use MS Edge browser there is also Nano Adblocker, which is based on uBO. It is even easier to use and has more powerful features out-of-the-box. :clapping:  :thumbup2: 
 


Edited by BertAzzone, 09 July 2018 - 05:28 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:00 PM

@ BertAzzone

 

Thanks I was aware that Ublock Origin had an advanced mode but I never looked into how to use it, but now I see why some people use it over NoScript. But either way I'd rather stick with NS to block scripts and use Ublock to block ads, trackers and block malicious websites. :thumbup2:






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