How to block ads and prevent tracking in iOS 9 Safari

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads is out – and my recommendation is that you install it at your earliest convenience.

The new version of iOS not only tackles a number of security holes, including the recently-revealed flaw in AirDrop that could lead to a stealthy malware infection, but also includes a new ad-blocking capability that will please many web surfers and perhaps infuriate some online magazines.

Watch the following video by yours truly to learn why blocking shonky web advertising is good for security and privacy, and how easy it is to enable an ad-blocker in your version of Safari.

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In the demo above I used an iOS 9 content blocker called Purify, but there are others including Crystal.

Now, ad-blocking isn’t new to iOS, but previously you had to use a third-party app to browse the web advert-free rather than the standard Safari browser. So what Apple has done here is going to be a lot more attractive to many iOS users, and no doubt cause palpitations for some online magazines reliant on advertising for their monetisation and the likes of Google.

For a list of content blockers either available now for iOS 9 or due to be released soon, check out this article on The Loop.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One comment on “How to block ads and prevent tracking in iOS 9 Safari”

  1. Am I going mental, or is it impossible to "like" embedded YouTube content?

    I did wonder if you'd been sponsored by Purity £2.99! I'd be interested in a review of it and the cheaper Crystal @ £0.79 :)

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