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I may try ABP tomorrow and see what that may offer.
I've been experimenting with Firefox in a VM, and I'm pretty sure now that it is uBlock Origin that is what I used, and not AdBlock Plus. I've managed to make it work to remove both the Digital Ocean link and the text below it, but it's a weird way, and I don't think that's how I did it the first time. I will fiddle with it a little more to see if I can find an easier method.

Of course, it's not an obnoxious ad in the first place, and maybe no one else cares to remove it?
 


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I just came across this:

https://www.reddit.com/r/privacytoolsIO/comments/nvz9tl
It's an interesting read. I have no opinion or insight, as I'm not much of a Brave user. I'll leave it to the readers to decide the validity of the claims and decide if it matters to them. I'm merely sharing because I just happened to notice and recalled the existence of this thread.
 

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Cool thanks KGIII I'll have to take a look at it.
 

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Just to be clear, I have not assessed any of the statements in there. I make no statement of fact with regards to the content. I just figured the claims may be worth visiting and, of course, sharing. ;)
 

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Well I guess it like everything these days seems like ya have to run software to monitor for any telemitry poling is being done other than the standard communication of sending and receiving.
 

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that it's somehow embedded into linux.org main forum page.
uBlock Origin works to hide this ad... or whatever you want to call it, even embedded in the HTML. The URL is easy. It's the text below that's tricky, and I still don't know how I stumbled onto it. But it's quite simple to remove, if you want to do it.

1. Use uBlock Origin to "block element" on the URL first.
2. Go into uBlock Origin settings, and open the My Filters tab.
3. Find the Digital Ocean element that is blocked and add one line below it. Both together will look like this (then click the Apply Changes button at the top to save it):
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linux.org##[href="https://m.do.co/c/10b82948a627"] > b
linux.org##.p-body-sidebar > div:nth-of-type(1)
The uBlock Origin "Element Zapper" tool (with lightning bolt icon) will easily let you delete both parts of this element... but it will not save the change. The "Element Picker" (eye dropper icon) will remove the URL, but not the text... but this tool offers the chance to "Create" the filter to save it. Trying to select the text with this tool is what grabs the whole sidebar, which of course no one wants to remove. If you ever accidentally remove something with uBlock Origin, the "My Filters" pages is the place to find it and delete the filter to restore the element.
 
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OK I finally got everything back to normal by resetting Ublock Origin and the forum website is 100% again.

I must have hit the wrong thing because I removed the whole right hand side of the forum here and didn't know what the hell to do but I fixed it.

I'm going to leave that 1 little add as that is the only ad I seem to have regardless of what browser I'm using and I can live with that.

Hell I never even noticed the ad until @stan mentioned it so it ain't like it's an annoyance.

Anyway back to Brave and the article.
I'm sure that with anything that is new and may present a possible threat to another product the haters may come out and print FUD about it.

I ain't scared off that easy so I'm going to continue testing out Brave browser.

Believe it or not I'm actually learning quite a bit about browser security and browser extensions so that a plus for me.
 

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I'm sure that with anything that is new and may present a possible threat to another product the haters may come out and print FUD about it.
Brave has been around for 5 years (Jan. 2016). Wikipedia isn't known for FUD though. Your call. I didn't really need a 3rd browser anyway, so it was easy to let it go. ;)
 

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Quoted from above link.

Comparison with other browsers
A February 2020 research report published by the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin tested a number of browsers and found Brave to be the most private of them, in terms of phoning home: "In the first (most private) group lies Brave, in the second Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and in the third (least private) group lie Edge and Yandex."[60]

Exactly why I don't worry about who's collecting user data because according to this it appears everyone is collecting user data.

I guess the only difference is to chose a browser that collects the least amount of user data.

jeez :rolleyes:
 

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Brave has been around for 5 years (Jan. 2016). Wikipedia isn't known for FUD though. Your call.
I never said or implied Wikipedia was known for FUD so where did that come from.

Anything that I may have referred to as FUD was related to people who dislike certain things and write deraugatory articles about stuff.

I also never directly stated towards or pointed a finger towards any particular article.

I didn't really need a 3rd browser anyway, so it was easy to let it go. ;)
I don't need another browser and never did and I've always been satisfied with Firefox and Firefox ESR.

I just decided to check Brave browser out because I've read a lot of good things about it and wanted to see if what I've read is accurate.

I've gone this far so why give up now I don't give up so easy.


PS
And hey there @wizardfromoz ain't no pistols being pulled out here just merely asking questions. ;)
 

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And hey there @wizardfromoz ain't no pistols being pulled out here just merely asking questions.
Absolutely... we're good! :)


I'm sure that with anything that is new and may present a possible threat to another product the haters may come out and print FUD about it.
I quoted this with my comment, but no doubt I misunderstood you. We're good. But to explain, you said, "anything that is new" so I showed it was 5 years old. (Not new, IMO, but no problem.) While the reddit crowd may certainly represent "haters"... I didn't want Wikipedia wrapped up in that category. I read the article too... they pointed out past issues, they noted the corrective actions taken.

But "past issues" can break trust in a product. We each have to choose whether to move forward with trust, or move away. For example, I am still on the fence about Zorin OS. I'm currently using it, and I really, really like it. It is one of very few distros that will run on some new laptops I bought last year. But I have not forgotten the breach of trust when they installed their "census" app in a very quiet and sneaky manner awhile back. They apologized and took corrective action too (made it visible and optional when installing)... but only after they got caught and called out on it. I don't have such a history with Brave, so again, it was easier for me to let it go rather than to question whether it remains trustworthy, or not.
 

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I'm not the best at explaining things I want to say on forums and sometimes have my fingers running ahead of my brain.

My apologies for any misinterpretation or any misunderstanding of anything.

Been up to many hours and in front of computers to many hours and can't see straight any longer.

Can't sleep cause I drank to many pots of coffee.

I'm off tomorrow thank goodness .

:)
 

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And hey there @wizardfromoz ain't no pistols being pulled out here just merely asking questions.

Wouldn't have thought of it, my friends.
 
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