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Content blocking is a fairly new concept to me. I understand it, of course, but I really haven’t ever utilized a content blocker in my daily routine. Since iOS 9 introduced content blocking into its ecosystem, I find myself wanting to start using a content blocking app. In case you haven’t really used one before, understand that you still download an app from the iTunes App Store and then you enable it inside your phone’s settings. It’s a little different than the desktop experience you would have with your computer, which typically is just an extension for your browser. So, in researching different content blockers, this one – Mr. Crumble – was brought to my attention.
Mr. Crumble, developed by Cocoon Development, Ltd., is designed to specifically target cookie banners. While most content blockers cover all ads, Mr. Crumble focuses on just the banners and notices that incorporate cookies. Internet cookies are everywhere. As delicious as they may sound, they can become a terrific annoyance when you are casually browsing. As per Google’s definition, internet cookies are small pieces of information in text format that are downloaded to your computer when you visit many Web sites. Cookies may be hidden in the website or in advertising. This content blocker is meant to prevent you from having to deal with the advertising type of internet cookie.
So, as I mentioned, when you load a content blocker onto your iOS device, you are installing an app and then enabling its features within your settings. Some content blockers out there have more settings or statistics built into the app, but Mr. Crumble is pretty cut and dry. When you open the app, it gives you very simple instructions on how to enable the blocker. Once the app in installed, go to Settings > Safari > Content Blockers. Then, you swipe the toggle to the ‘enable’ position and Mr. Crumble does its magic harmlessly in the background. As you can see in the examples below, Mr. Crumble is pretty accurate in blocking those pesky, annoying ads.
Now, something that is a little interesting is that iOS 9 actually has cookie blocking built into the Privacy and Security section of Safari’s settings. You have the option to Block all cookies, allow from certain websites or always allow them. So, with this being an option within the OS, why would you need Mr. Crumble? Well, the answer is quite simple – you can never be too safe.
Mr. Crumble is a very easy to use and set-up content blocker. It’s free to download and is available in the iTunes App Store.
For more information, visit http://getmrcrumble.com.
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