You know the old saying. Someone creates a problem and then sells a remedy. Well, I added ads to my site to experiment with it, and now I have to find ways to block it.
First the good news. On the desktop, both Brave and Edge on Windows seem to block unwanted popups and ads wonderfully. So good on them. Firefox shows ads on the desktop which is disappointing. The other good news is that Brave on Mac seems to block unwanted popups as well. The downside is that Brave on the iPhone/iOS(iPad) shows ads. I will investigate more about this.
Unfortunately on the Mac Safari shows ads and also shows them on iOS (iPhone/iPad). That is disappointing. I don’t use Chrome because Google is removing features from it like ad blocking, so I won’t bother testing that. I am sure it will fail.
Is there a downside to blocking ads? I don’t think so. If you want to see the ads by all means. You do expose yourself to more malware, hacking, and other attempts. It slows you down and wastes your internet bandwidth. To me, it is a waste of time, but more power to you if it turns you on.