Privacy is mentioned a lot in the threads, but for me this is really something that bugs me.
As an example, I installed a Pi-hole at home (basically catches all ad traffic and tracking traffic and does not respond to it or allow devices to respond to it). Since installing it I receive reports on the amount of tracking happening on my home network. On average it is between 15% and 20%.
I'm not able to distinguish tracking from advertising in this percentage, but it is still a lot of traffic that technically I did not ask for.
Imagine reading your book and every 5th line of text is an ad. At the start it would be annoying, but gradually you become used to ignoring it until you find a way to not "have to" see it.
I am sad to see that this is the "normal" practice for online advertising.
EDIT: Added the link to Pi-hole
For anyone with the aptitude: pi-hole.
You essentially set up a tiny PC and route all internet requests through it, then give it a block list. Nothing connected to your network can complete requests to domains on the blocklist. Phone, PC, Smart TV/Washer/Fridge/Etc, nothing.
I honestly cant remember the last time I saw an ad, and it can block anything trying to phone home in the background as well.
I have one, and I've used it as a filter for my network at home to block ads. I used https://pi-hole.net/ as a guide.
Basically it blocks the ads on the network entirely, so I don't get any on my phone as well as my computers. Sadly it doesn't include ads on TV shows, but I'll take what I can get.
Raspberry Pis can be used to make pretty much anything, if you know what you want to do with it.
Thanks for the heads-up...I have a Pi Hole on my network so I added these hosts from the post to the blacklist to block this, but you can also stop them by adding them to your HOSTS file:
FBAG Fight Back Against Goolag/Google (and fakebook, scamazon, microsoft, etc)
Use ublock origin, ublock protector and a hosts file like this:
Block ads, block adwords, block AMP, block google ad services.
Demonetize Facebook, Microsoft and Google. End this tyranny!
Also on Duck Duck Go, you can search google using "!g" without giving them hits.
Also note using 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 for DNS servers gives Google EVERYTHING so DONT use those. I run a local DNS and blacklist those IPs.
Also, if you can, you can run PI-HOLE and use DNS for your whole house to protect and defend TRUTH. https://pi-hole.net/
Demonetize and take down these louts. BRAVE is a browser which puts advertisers in touch with you directly bypassing trash like Fakebook, Goolag, Scamazon.
Time for Google to Go, because its so 1984
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
DDG - theme song. CUCK CUCK, NO!
I have pi-hole on my home network and I used to play a voodoo game. Every time I start the app or progress to the next level I could see a flurry of blocked requests flood the log.
I run a pi-hole. Network wide ad blocking. Even blocks ads in phone apps like games, etc. It’s not perfect obviously but it helps and you can configure the block lists to be more or less restrictive.
I just installed it this week.
For those who don't know:
Software you can install on most OS but usually done on a Raspberry Pi that blocks ads at the DNS level (you make it your networks DNS provider). It has more or less same blocklists as uBlock.
You basically install pi-hole, give it an IP, and set that IP as the DNS server on your router. It will filter out a bunch by default, and you can also whitelist and blacklist on the web interface as needed, as well as import other lists (though this takes some finesse, as a lot of lists block things like imgur).
If you don't want it network wide, you can just make the pi-hole ip your dns locally and only machines pointing to it will use it.
I'll just leave this here
Set up your Raspberry Pi and router and your entire home network will be ad-free. No need to tamper with individual devices, no iPhone jail-breaking etc.
If you are able to spend a bit of money, you can build a pi-hole using a Raspberry Pi. It acts as a local DNS server.
That server has a list of known ad-serving websites, and rather than connecting to them, returns a 1 pixel gif. Makes all page loading much faster, and eliminates most ads from all devices using your home network, including phones.
Your ISP will still have data to sell about you, but if enough people refuse to be served third-party ads, the value in doing so will decline.
Everybody, I really don't want to be a dick but our logo is trademarked.
We've had problems with the use of our logo on products that are being sold as "Pi-hole approved" or partnerships with Pi-hole and I've had to spend a lot in legal fees to deal with this.
I've wanted to make the artwork available for personal use, for users to print their own for their own use. But we have to do it in a way that protects the trademark on the logo. We even have StickerMule affiliate links that gives Pi-hole store credits.
I haven't seen this artwork and I don't know if it is in line with our Guidelines, I really am happy that the community is enthusiastic but I do have to ask that you do not continue with this.
I am happy to send anyone from this thread a sticker or two of our designs, we have a couple of them, if you want to make a donation to cover costs or if you're already a donor or Patreon patron.
Looks like you need to root, and create a custom hosts file - http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
And setup a DNS blackhole at home, like a Pi-Hole - https://pi-hole.net/
Log all the DNS lookups, and then add them to your hosts file.
Using Pi-Hole you can block adverts across your entire network with no need to install any software to them at all. Just run the installer (command is available from website) and then set your devices to use your Pi as their DNS server. It can even improve the speed of your network as advertisements are never loaded.
Resources for the project:
Pi-hole network wide adblocking
Script i modified to get the LEDs to work
The LEDs are part of a moel Traffic Light board.
The scripts monitors the pihole.log and flashes the red LED when a domain is blocked. The green LED just indicates the script is running.
Yes and no, pi-hole works like a water filter. You put the filter (a raspberry pi running pi-hole) on the water pipe (your router) instead of each cup (each device). So when the water (internet) comes through it catches all the lead (ads) leaving you with nice drinking water.
Here's the website so you can learn more https://pi-hole.net/
Get a pi-hole
And it is not like you need to disable a firewall to get porn anyways. What is this world cumming to? (Porn probably)
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
From the command line in any supported OS and you're off to the races (https://pi-hole.net/ for info).
No reason you have to use a pi, folks just do so since they're cheap to buy and run full-time (among other reasons).
It's a fairly long but not complicated process, but basically involves purchasing a Raspberry Pi 3+ (it's about the size of a cigarette packet), installing Raspbian, and Pi Hole on it. You then connect it to your real router, and set all your devices to use the Pi's DNS.
It's local network level DNS passthrough software that is built to block ads at the source, for any device on your network. It has a handy interface that allows you to find, pick and block ad servers like the one on the TV, without needing to futz with your router or hosts files.
You can run it as software on a computer but it was engineered for the Raspberry Pi, a super cheap single board computer.
You can buy a Raspberry Pi off Amazon for <$40 for a fast one, or <$15 for a slower one.
You download and install the software on a sim card.
Plug SD card into Pi.
Plug in Pi to power and network.
Get into your devices' (PC/Phone/Refrigerator/etc.) network settings.
Point the DNS to the IP address of the Pi.
(DNS is the internet phone book. By doing this, you're making a device constantly read the phone book, and erase a bunch of assholes from it before you read it.)
EDIT: Not a sim card. Long day at the cellular factory mill.
Where to begin? There's so much...
I suggest you think of some of your other hobbies and interests or things you do, and then a project that would apply to those other parts of your life, or is something you'd thought you'd like to have before, or just something that makes your life easier... If you start on a project that pays off personally in that way, you're more likely to enjoy it and actually use it. Not to mention actually finish it...
That being said, if you're brand new to raspberry pi's there's probably lots of projects that you haven't thought about before, or that are good ones for other reasons. Not necessarily "build" projects, but things that are interesting or things that your pi can do for you... Like pi-hole for online ad-blocking on all your devices, or maybe an ADSB receiver for seeing what aircraft are flying around your home. Maybe set up a home media server, or your own cloud storage solution. Of course home automation is a popular (and never-ending) project.
But the best projects are ones that don't have tutorials or ready-made code, and are completely customized solutions to very specific issues or use cases that apply to you. Yes they are usually the hardest, but those are also where you learn the most. And the pi lets you do them all! Before you know it, you'll be ordering yourself another one lol!
Are you using the supplied, rented Comcast Xfinity gateway?
If you are, there's your problem.
I used to do tech support for Comcast. Those things have so little memory onboard it's laughable, and their route tables max out super fast. You're lucky if you hit 10 devices before it all goes to hell.
Ther answer depends on how tech savvy you are when it comes to networking.
For most 'heavy users', but with little-to-no networking experience, Netgear Nighthawk line is decent. I won't say great, they've got a number of little bothersome problems to them, but they don't max out anywhere near as low, and are fully functional for most folks in such use cases.
If you're willing to invest a bit of money, and some time, a Ubiquiti setup is actually incredibly affordable, and simply will not max out till you start hitting the 100+ seats range.
Finally... there's pfSense. Sky's kinda the limit on that, and the default out-of-box is decent... but you're basically building a router from scratch. Great fun, but... yeah. :)
In all cases: Just get an off-the-shelf, garden variety DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem (I assume you're using cable Internet) and go.
Also something to think about: pair any of the aboth 3 with a Pi-hole, and watch all the advertising across all your smart devices just disappear. Lowering your overall bandwidth used per month by a good 20%. You cannot Pi-hole on the Xfinity Wireless Gateway; they won't let you change DNS servers.
>mostly through the Act Blue donation engine. If you have ever been on a site like Daily Kos, you know what i am talking about.
I'm not familiar with that site or Act Blue, but could you use Ad blocking to prevent her from seeing any "reminders" to donate? Most browsers have ad blocking extensions available or a whole-home ad blocker (built-in to router or a Pi-Hole) might be better if you have control over the router.
The stupid thing is that doing shit like this will just make ad blocking even more prevalent. Which means that the user sees a few ads here and there and isn't really bothered by it - suddenly they're seeing loads of ads, even in their start menu and it starts to become such a problem that drastic measures are taken meaning that no ads are seen anywhere. ever.
Privacy and Win10 are 2 different things... but in this case, maybe the server that Win10 was trying to communicate with was blocked by the router or something else... so it kept trying again and again ... It happens sometimes with my Pi-hole
> Add theme support for Pi-hole #1253 (@DL6ER)
~~Yay! How long until someone posts a dark-grey theme? Pretty please ;)~~
It has a dark-grey theme included! Woohoo! :D
Edit: (a quick reminder to donate to the fantastic Pihole project if you can)
Edit2: If your dashboard graphs arent loading after the update, try force refresh in your browser: CTRL+F5
One thing it doesn't mention is the nuking of SD cards. Because of the extensive logging it can kill your SD card quite quickly. I set up a pihole with a brand new SD card (same model and brand that I almost always use and has always been reliable) and it was playing up within 6 months. So I now run that pi off a USB HDD and it's more reliable.
Yes, my SD card died, yes your's has probably been running for 2 years "no problem". Even though you've not noticed any problems, the frequent logging will be slowly but surely be killing your SD. SD card longevity is based on number of write-cycles. So the less you write to it, the longer it lasts. My load was, on average, 90,000 DNS requests per day, as 4 people were using it across at least 11 different devices. Also size and usage of your SD will also affect how long it will last. Mine was a 16gb card with ~10gb used, so it didn't take long with roughly 16.5 million DNS requests logged across the 6 months it was in service, for at least 5gb of it to be killed. Once the amount of your SD that has been killed is more than the free space, that's when you run into problems.
An SD card just isn't so suited to this kind of write-intensive application. So I could've solved my problem by getting a 64/128gb SD to replace it and it would've been fine for a few years. But I'd rather just run it off a HDD and know it's not slowly dying.
Some good news is this slow SD card genocide will stop soon as in a new release logging won't be necessary for the query log to work. (Thanks u/Mcat12 for pointing this out).
My kids never see ads. The small one wanted stuff for bathing, maybe something that colored the water. Big one a mattress for the outside shelter. My parents hate finding gifts for them. We said any small token is fine if they can't find something, even 2nd hand, if they insist on a budget add to their savings. They find a gift that matches the budget that ends up cluttering their room and never gets used.
-edit- since this could be misunderstood as a smug thing, my point was that kids that don't get exposed to ads and have most of the stuff they need, don't really wan't anything. I can highly recommend cancelling cable and putting a pihole on your network.
you can just install Pi-Hole on the raspberry pi, aim your routers DNS servers at the Pi-Hole IP address and then sit and block sites whenever you want typing them in via the pi-hole URL.
it will also show exact URL's accessed from devices across your network
here's a video on how it works - https://youtu.be/vKWjx1AQYgs
it's primary purpose is an adblocker, but it will be pretty perfect for what you wanna do. Nothing needs to change on your network, attach the Pi via ethernet cable to your router and leave it there.... all other devices in your house connect to the network exactly as they were before. No one will even notice.
I highly recommend browser extensions such as Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin, along with maybe setting up a Pihole on your home network. It's not foolproof, but using these I find helps a lot.
Porn viewing is 1000% better with DNS-based adblocker. Check out pihole DNS. It doesn't block the element, but ads won't load. So the ads that pop-up in another tab will come up, but the JS won't run or anything, so it doesn't hijack your back button or steal focus from the page you're on.
Being disappointed with how weak and pathetic it is.
You could set it up as a VPN router: https://gist.github.com/superjamie/ac55b6d2c080582a3e64
A lot of people like the DNS ad blocker Pi-Hole though I think AdBlockPlus/uBlock are way better: https://pi-hole.net/
> Prediction: by next year the shadow-ads that frontload every sponsored youtuber's videos will be un-skippable.
Which doesn't make a lick of difference when you don't see ads anywhere online anymore. Set yourself up with a good browser, ublock origin and run a pihole within your home network and you too, will never see ads again, even on *mobile.
but god help me if Google ~~shows me one ad to make a few pennies~~ systematically mines my personal data without my knowledge to use for targeted advertisements
You're woefully naive if you think the only reason people are against advertisements is "They take up space on my screen". They often contain tracking cookies, they're often targeted, i.e. your data is (edit: I should note pervasively) mined to show them to you, they can contain malware, they eat up bandwidth and computing resources, and yes, they take up space and are often intrusive, sometimes deliberately so. You treat Google like they're some poor company just trying to scrape by while providing free services out of the goodness of their heart, but the fact of the matter is they're monopolistic opportunists making billions off of people's personal data, the same way Facebook does. An example.
There's a good reason the GDPR is a thing now, and companies like Google are the reason I use uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger. It's similarly why I use DDG/StartPage, Firefox (way better than Chrome nowadays), ProtonMail, etc. I'd use Pi-hole, but I'm too lazy to cave, buy a Raspberry Pi, and set it up.
Googlag/Guulag is sick and needs bannon-esque utility-style regulation along with Fakebook and amazon/scamazon
FBAG Fight Back Against Google (and fakebook, scamazon, microsoft, etc)
Demonetize and take down
I use a Raspberry Pi with Pi-Hole (heh) installed as a DNS server for my PC. It's even better! It blocks ads before they even load, so it makes webpages load faster.
It can also block ads on your entire network if you set it as the DNS server for your router. It's awesome.
Je profite de ce poste pour vous parler d'un projet que j'ai découvert il y a pas longtemps.
Ça s'appel Pi-hole, c'est un petit Raspberry Pi qui sert de DNS et qui bloque tout ce qui est trackers, pubs, etc.
C'est open-source et plutôt simple à mettre en place et honnêtement ca marche vraiment bien.
Ils ont leur propre [sous](/r/pihole/), n'hésitez pas à aller y faire un tour.
First, Get a Pi 3 (or a starter kit). Learn a little basic about the Pi first, get it updated, get use to the command lines. It's easy peasy, lemon squeezy mate! Countless help!
Then simply once got up and running and clicked around, go here,
https://pi-hole.net/ and read simple one page. Type one command in. Go to your PC, change your DNS. Or go to router, and change it there. Ta-da! Pi-Holed!
> In any case, those IPs can go back into the AWS ELB pool at any time and be replaced with different ones, so you should just intercept the dns lookup itself either in your firewall/router if it has the option, or via your hosts file(s) otherwise, and return 127.0.0.2 or something.
Agreed. Equally valid candidate is adding it to something like Pi-Hole.
There is software that will randomize your browser load out for each page you visit. Not really recommended since it can make things display improperly.
Your best bet is to block it at the firewall. Using something like pi-hole or pfsense to black-hole DNS queries and IP addresses for known ad networks/facebook/microsoft. That will prevent most ads from playing and will block a lot of tracking across your entire network (even stops popups on your phones/mobile devices while on your network). It will also stop you from getting Windows updates if you nix microsoft domains/IP addresses in such a way. It'll also block access to the MS store.
Use it on everything, and I actually know people in real life who refuse to use it because the ads support the sites they use. I would agree if they didn't spam ads everywhere I turn. I would agree if news sites didn't have clickbait for old people disguised as legitimate articles. "Forget the blue pill, this secret will change your life." I genuinely hate browsing without an adblocker.
I'm planning to setup a pi-hole so I can block ads globally across all devices while I'm on my home network. I've never used it so I can't speak for it, but I'm very excited to try it out.
Yep, I'd rather pay a subscription to not bother with ads (e.g. YouTube Red). If they make ad blocking extensions "illegal" or something that stuff will just go underground, people could always block them via the hosts file or whatever. Any site that makes turning off ad-blockers mandatory (e.g. Forbes) I just avoid them altogether.
I might just set up a Pi-Hole with the way things are going, it's been something I've been wanting to do for some time anyways.
I run unbound on my pihole.
I put together a pi-hole (https://pi-hole.net/) a few weeks back.
I've been extremely happy with the results. The browser sends the request, but the DNS query gets blocked.
I thought I'd run into all kinds of issues, but start to finish took me maybe 25 minutes of set up.
Agreed. No hesitation in supporting this one with a donation.
If you have a fancy firewall, you can take all the outbound DNS requests in your network and jam them back through the pi-hole. Here's a post I made on how to do it with a Mikrotik. A lot of applications cheat, and don't use your specified DNS server. Apple devices are particularly 'helpful' at using 'backup' DNS servers. I find it oddly satisfying to help these helpful devices follow the instructions of their network administrator.
Also note using 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 for DNS servers gives Google EVERYTHING so DONT use those. I run a local DNS and
blacklist those IPs.
Demonetize and take down these louts. BRAVE is a browser which puts advertisers in touch with you directly bypassing trash
like Fakebook, Goolag, Scamazon.
This takes a little more effort but you only have to do it once and it works for every computer on your home network, even phones and stuff.
You install it on a raspberry pi and it takes the place of your DNS server. When anything asks for an address associated with ads or malware it just ignores it. I've used it it works great!
Here's the link so you won't have to Google it. In addition to donating, you can get some nice swag (the coins are nice and they're running low - get yours today).
Note that if you become a Patron you are eligible for priority support on the discourse.pi-hole.net website.
> I will learn pfSense and anything I need to.
There ya go. Pihole too. I believe you can blacklist the channel link or show link and the Pi, case, mSD card, and charger will run you ~$70. pfSense has similar programs, but the Pihole is really easy to set up and has a nice GUI.
Maybe it's time to install a Pi-Hole. DMCA requests could still be filed against list makers, but the users are free to add any domain to the local list on their own device. Turns out there's a subreddit: /r/pihole/
Ich betreibe zuhaus ein https://pi-hole.net weil mobile surfen schon unmöglich wurde - die x so klein, tausend redirects, popups, zurück button geht nicht - da ist ma meine klo-newslesezeit zu wertvoll
Its a raspberry Pi that you set up on your network. It uses a nominal amount of power, fuck if I noticed a difference in my power bill with it on. But it sits in your network and serves as a DNS server. What that is (in laymen's terms) is basically google maps of the internet. You type in www.google.com and it translates it into an IP address of that server. Except, unlike a normal DNS, it takes the list and filters it (I have mine set up to pull DNS from google and block only the shit sites). So if a site is a known ad host, say its the shady ass third party ads on some sites, its blocked. The request for that ad just is sent into a black hole (whereas your normal ad blocker might wait until that package of bullshit shows up on your doorstep). At the end of the day, what this means is shady 3rd party ads are blocked. If you at all keep up with cyber security news stuff, you'll definitely know about how shitty these 3rd parties can be. And that's the bullshit I really loathe. For stuff like youtube where youtube servers hold the ad, and serve me it? I really don't care (so long as its reasonable, which as of recent it hasn't been). I'll gladly watch an add for some product I don't remember who pays money to support people who's content I enjoy.
TL;DR buy a raspbery pi and a case for it, go to pi-hole.net
And hey guys, if it helps you, donate. Put your money where your mouth is, and give them money to help provide you with a service to protect you from malicious 3rd party hosting sites. They're pretty awesome.
edit- if this doesn't make sense (thank you bourbon) then check out /r/pihole which is a great resource.
edit 2 - https://pi-hole.net/ that's their real site. Their subtitle is how you install it after installing raspbian (which is, last I checked, the gold standard of linux for raspberry pis). Remember the dangers of piping it to curl, etc.
Check out the following to get started:
Pi-Hole takes literally one line to install, VPN is relatively straightforward (though a bit of config is needed on the machines you want to connect to it), and the Honeypot is by far the most involved project (and don't even think about setting it up outside a DMZ).
I have tried looking at Google searches on "pihole ad block test" and they all point towards https://ads-blocker.com/testing/
Furthermore, the website that pihole used to maintain is no longer a valid webpage
It was useful for me, but feel free to delete if it is redundant
I achieved this by doing the following:
With the route to Google’s DNS servers blocked, the hub has no choice but to use your local DNS. From there, weather.com goes to your server and runs whatever you feed it.
After setting everything up and a quick reboot of my router and home hub, everything works great! Except I have no way of controlling the game, and the frame rate is horrible. Of course, that’s not why we do these things. We do these things because we can!
Apps are ok, if that's the only device using your network. But if you've got multiple devices (iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox/PS, Amazon Echo, etc.) then putting something at your router would be best. Ubiquiti's USG is a really great option.
I use the Unifi interface, and it's slick as hell. Also, to reduce EVEN more data usage, get yourself a Raspberry Pi, install Pi Hole and run your own DNS server to block ads!
I'm using it on and off all the time and don't really have any issues with ads, but that's because I use a selfhosted dns-server which filter out all those nasty things
(If you have a spare raspberry pi just lying around, https://pi-hole.net/)
It's a locally hosted DNS. It provides DNS level ad blocking across your entire network, and on-the-go if using a VPN. It comes with some blacklists, but you can load more to block most ads.
On Android, YouTube Vanced is a modded APK without ads and additional features. On iOS, idk but you can block all ads on all devices on your network with pi-hole though you need a Raspberry Pi and some patience if you don't already know how to use one.
You can check it out here https://pi-hole.net/
It isn't terribly difficult to get set up and running. Basically, you'll set up your network to pass DNS queries through PiHole and it asks a huge ad blocker. You can set your own whitelist/blacklist and import tons of lists to make it easier on yourself.
I know it's not really the same, but you could use a system-wide ad blocker such as AdGuard. Or another alternative is blocking via the hosts file using a list like this.
I don't think addon support or even built-in adblock for the Steam web browser will ever happen, they don't seem to care much about it.
Also, check out Pi-Hole!
Not having to remember every IP for devices on your network (if you don't have bonjour for some reason) by using a local domain.
In my opinion, the time saved from a local caching server is about zero seconds. Don't waste your time unless you need one of these two reasons above or just want to learn how to do it.
This is why I am getting a raspberry pi for the pi hole service. Ad blocking done by the RPi so any device connecting through it can have ad block on, including your phone. I feel like it's especially important for phones because the shit these articles and blogs do for mobile ads is absurd. The other day I had a full screen ad where I had to wait 5 seconds for the ad's close button to appear where I was immediately greeted with my absolute least favorite ad type; the 1/3 screen height ad that scrolls with your swiping up motion and not until it has scrolled all the way up and out of view can you continue to scroll through the article. If you haven't heard much about Pi Hole you should definitely give it a look. https://pi-hole.net/ it essentially replaces your DNS server and filters ad content at that level (from what I understand).
you should try PiHole, it makes all requests to ad servers go nowhere in the whole network and only needs a raspberry pi attached to the network. it even works on obscure devices like tvs and probably fridges etc.
Check out Pi Hole, I use it at home, network-wide ad blocking, no apps needed, no extensions, as long as you are at home wired or wifi all devices have ads blocked.
I love it, cell phone apps, any computer, any browser, any OS, doesn't matter. Ad free internet.
The top 3 results on google being ads will still show but clicking them goes to a dead page because it won't allow ad content.
Yes, I also use Pi-Hole. I had 0 idea there was a g2a ad anywhere around me.
Pi-hole can be installed within a vm, on any debian os, or on any raspberry pi. It doesn't take too long to configure and I highly recommend it.
I haven't used it to block updates specifically, but it does block "telemetry" which I understand is them gathering data on you. The trick would be figuring out how windows update checks and then blocking that.
Folks over at r/pihole might be more help.
Also: silly question but does your test require internet at all?
Check out pi-hole. It basically functions as a DNS filter. You run it on a raspberry pi, then configure your router to use it as its DNS server. Ads will be blocked on all devices on your network. It's also open source
Strongly recommend looking into getting pihole running on your system. It's a personal DNS server that can filter out (block) certain dns calls according to rules you set (ie, blocking advertisements). If you point your router's dns at the pihole dns server, it will block ads for your entire home
It was designed to run on a raspberry pi, which is a nice cheap way to do it, but will also run well as a docker container or virtual machine
Usually requires you to purchase a device (Raspberry Pi), connect it to your network, and configure some settings. All and all should cost you around 50 bucks total, and your entire household will be ad-free forever. Unfortunately it's not the most straight-forward setup, but your local computer expert can get it done in 10 minutes and 6 pack of beer.
I recently switched up my Raspberry Pi + Pi-Hole setup to use Docker Pi-Hole on the Pi. I didn’t really need to do that, but it was a good excuse to use Docker more.
I’d be interested in what others say. I’ve been looking for more stuff like that but have been coming up short.
the bulk of traffic doesn't go through it, just the dns requests. It's a relatively tiny amount of data to handle even on sizeable networks.
All it adds to the process is a simple lookup before passing the request on (or not). They claim it actually speeds up the network normally as those requests that are blocked don't go out and don't have to be answered, plus as a result the actual traffic from those ads (or whatever you want to block) isn't downloaded.
here's their blurb on capacity
In my experience with a fairly gadget filled household, the extra time the pihole adds to loading a webpage is so small it's within the variance of a set of normal dns requests from your isp or google etc, ie unnoticeable.
>Manually adds functionalclam.com to pi-hole blacklist
Well that was inconvenient. Yet another reason for me to recommend Pi-Hole to literally anyone who wants to both add ad-blocking to every device on their entire network, and have more control over their network traffic.
Pi-Hole + Ublock origin, it's a truly glorious thing.
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I use my Raspberry Pi 3 as a custom DNS server which blocks ads on my entire network. Very efficient and cheap.
It requires a bit of technological knowledge to set up. But in a world where every device show ads, it is such a nice thing to have.
It blocks, Ads on my Smart TV like youtube etc, blocks ads in my phones apps, browsers. All devices where you can't normally block ads without a lot of hassle.
Also called: https://pi-hole.net/
Hey, you can get a raspberry pi and set up Pi-hole, you'll get a network wide adblocking, it also blocks ads on games and on smart tvs to my experience. You don't have to be very tech savvy to set it up. Check it out :)
I know everyone isn't super technically minded, but the Raspberry-Pi based "Pi-hole" system is wonderful and allows me to surf relatively ad-free without running an ad-blocker on my actual workstation/tablet at home.
Note, you DO have to buy a tiny computer called a "raspberry pi", install the pi-hole software, and then plug it into your home router, so it's not a quick fix... you need a small amount of "techie" knowledge
We're working on a major upgrade, v4.0, and so we are taking extra care to make sure it all goes smoothly.
There is a beta currently open for it: https://pi-hole.net/2018/03/24/help-us-beta-test-ftldns/
If you're really enterprising, pihole is an excellent option. It blocks the tracking at a DNS level. Here's the repo for Facebook.
I set mine up last night. Pretty easy to follow the bouncing ball. Check out https://pi-hole.net for stuffs.
The tricky thing is if you want the PiHole to be dhcp server as well, you need to switch off that functionality on your modem otherwise conflict.
Feel free to ask any questions, not an expert but I have it running on an old pi 2B
DNA ei spämmää erikoisemmin, mutta he tekevät aivan eritasoista paskaa ainakin kotinettiliittymän kanssa.
Pakottavat ostamaan heiltä reitittimen estämällä kaikki muut paitsi se heiltä tilattu whitelistattu reititin. Ja sitten sen DNS säädön takia et voi tehdä kivoja juttuja kuten pi-holen asentamisen verkkoosi.
Redstate article referenced within.
You guys need to run a pihole and run adblockers. I didn't have any problems.
I'm running Pi-Hole (/r/pihole) in addtion with wally3k's block list (the lists specified w/ no false positives) on top of uBlock Origin with great success with exception for some sketchy websites.
I'll definitely look into nanodefender and the scripts to see if they provide any additional protection.
Pi-Hole is capable of blocking ads for your entire network across your devices (with some exceptions), however Pi-Hole isn't a AdBlock Plus or uBlock origins replacement. But you are able to prevent things like Windows 10 telemetry from being sent, websites that gather analytics about its users, and capable of blocking domains that serve malware.
Take a look at the Pi-Hole github page for more info or of course the Pi-Hole website itself.
The Pi isn't a great media center device, but it can do a lot of great things. Maybe as a media center, it's not working out too well, but you can easily flash the Micro SD card and do something different with it, like RetroPie, which will allow you to play emulations on many systems flawlessly. Or perhaps you're sick of seeing ads on your mobile devices - PiHole will help take care of that.
The device is low powered, but that drives the cost down. As long as you understand it's limitations you can do some really awesome things with it.
You install this onto a Raspberry Pi and it redirects requests from your network to ad servers to non existent servers. It doesnt get all of them all of the time but the longer you have it and the more servers you ad to the block list the better it works and even st start it catches the majority of them if set up properly. It's cheap to do, effective, and blocks ads for your entire network rather than on an individual device.
> Man I always buy these things but never use them for anything.
If you have a spare lying around, you could do worse than set one up with Pi Hole. I got mine originally to practice programming, but these days it's a little champ running in the background and keeping trackers and cr*p of my home network.
I still want a new one, though I'm in the same boat as you that I'm not quite sure that I'd really use it...
If you haven't looked into a pi-hole for your home network, you should consider installing one. I don't have any adblocking software on my phone or other gadgets, but I never see ads while I am home. It's wonderful. I still swapped to Firefox cuz of this a while back, but still.
Ideally you run this on something like a raspberry pi, cheap microcomputer. But I have a "server", if you can call it that, that's running the DietPi Operating System in a virtual machine, that's doing the same thing it would if it were installed on a pi itself.
It's basically routing all your DNS queries through it, blocking trackers and the like. It can also do DHCP, but I don't do it as I have devices on my network that I need to not be routed through this currently.
You could also use the official docker image and run it under docker in Ubuntu. The link to the docker image is at the bottom of this post:
I use a pihole server to hijack ad domain A records locally and redirect it back to the pihole server, effectively blocking ad sites. Set your wifi’s DNS server to the pihole machine and your entire house has ad blocking.
Not OP, I think he makes his own vpn using a service like openvpn and makes the vpn resolve DNS requests from a pi-hole server which is a DNS made specifically for blocking ads.. or at least he use a 3rd party vpn that do the same thing.
This is a little more on the technical side, but if you're up for it, make both a VPN in your router using OpenVPN and setup a PiHole on your home network. A PiHole blocks ALL ad traffic on your network at the DNS level and also helps protect against sites that collect information through 3rd parties. AdBlock is fine and is a quick and easy solution to the problem, but a PiHole is even more robust.
Then, using your own personal VPN, you can connect back to your ad-free network from anywhere in the world. Both pieces of software are absolutely free and the PiHole only requires (recommends really) that you buy a raspberry pi to run it on which go for around $35.
Well this is something for SNAFU Dpt.
Didn't notice much on , piHole ( https://pi-hole.net/ ) was working and blocking a lot of unwanted ads and traffic. But any other addon stuff is now dead in water.
Chromium for few days it will be...
Praticamente ho comprato un Raspberry Pi e ho settato Pi-Hole venerdì sera. Ho scoperto con immenso piacere che più di 1/3 del mio traffico generato in meno di 24 ore è merda.
>About why Minorities are being Pushed (According to TV Tropes).
I've been told that commercials feature miscegenation for couples 24/7, and have attractive young minority women featured prominently, but I wouldn't know, I haven't seen a TV commercial in literally years.
I am Adblock and Pi-Hole equipped, and so should you be, people. No advertisements reach me that I don't want to.
https://pi-hole.net/ I run this on a Linux virtual machine, but it's meant to run on a Raspberry Pi in conjunction with your router. Blocks ads on EVERYTHING. Computers, set top boxes, game consoles, smart TVs, the whole nine yards.