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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Weblock - Adblock for iOS - App Review



Do ads irritate you?

Would you like to be able to block them?

This App claims to allow you to choose exactly what gets blocked.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The opening/set-up page for the App seems a bit daunting at first site.

The thing to do first and foremost is to to hit the 'Set-up' button (half way down the left of the screen).

There is a link that needs to be copied (just touch it to do that). From here open your 'Settings' App and Wi-Fi, then pick your active Wi-Fi connection. At the bottom of the screen you will see 'HTTP PROXY', set this to 'Auto' and then paste the url that you copied in the previous step.

Now, just to be sure, shut down all your Apps and reopen Weblock - Adblock for iOS. If everything has gone as intended, the Status will now contain 3 green bars; you're good to go.

The right-hand side of the screen contains many filters, that can be turned on/off by touching them; it's as easy as that.

You can now experiment to see what you want blocked, or not.

Cost
There is a charge of $2 for this App.

This needs to be weighed against any savings you will save on not upgrading Apps where the charge is merely to remove ads.

Indispensability
This really depends on how distracting you find random adverts.

Dependability
If you think Weblock - Adblock for iOS is not working, try shutting down the 'offending' App again; some seem to keep a little 'stock' of adverts in memory.

Advertisers are desperate for your eyeballs (or at least their clients' money), so will try many ways to snare you; this is an ongoing battle.

Security
No issues detected during testing.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Less distraction... can only be a good thing.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Weblock - Adblock for iOS here and support for the App here.

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