Ever wondered how amidst your browsing session all of a sudden some information flash in the form of ads, or notices, or any kind of marketing offers; in a separate small window? What are they and why do they appear? Can we control them? Let’s look into the answers in this article.
A pop up in computer language is a graphical user interface (GUI) display area. It usually appears separately in the foreground of the current window which you are browsing. Its sudden appearance earned it the name ‘pop up’. There is a variation of the pop-up advertisement which is called ‘pop-under’ advertisement. As the name suggests, these windows appear below your current screen and when you close your working window, only then you realize their presence. They make it difficult to guess which website triggered them. But not all pop-ups are bad. As mentioned they are basically a graphical user interface, so they are sometimes needed to allow an optimized running of any website to display the course content, important messages and help that the website offers.
The Pop-up settings differ based on the search engine you use. Let’s have a look at a few search engines’ pop up settings:
1. Google Chrome
If you wish to change the settings of your computer to allow pop up ads or you wish to allow pop up ads for a specific website, follow these simple steps.
- Open Google Chrome on your PC. On the top right-hand side next to the search tab, you will find the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ option. (Its icon is marked with three vertical dots. When you leave your mouse pointer or arrow, it flashes the name of the icon.)
- After you click on the icon, select ‘Settings’ from the drop-down list.
- On the settings page you will find your account info and towards the end, you will find the option that says ‘Advanced.’
- After clicking it, near the ‘Privacy and Security’ section, you will need to click on a button that reads ‘Content Settings.’
- Scroll down and click ‘Popups.’ (By default this option stays switched off.)
- If you wish to switch it on then slide the grey dot icon to the right which will now make it blue meaning that t is switched on.
You will now see pop up window every time you will use Google Chrome. If you wish to block pop-ups from some specific websites then you can do that too by simply clicking ‘Add’ under the ‘Blocked’ section of the menu and by entering the URL of the site from which you wish to block the content.
Let’s look at the steps of switching on or off the native popup blocker for Safari.
- As a first step, open the ‘Settings’ option on your laptop or iPhone. The ‘Setting’ option is the grey icon with gears on your home screen.
- Scroll down and click on the button- ‘Safari.’ This is about halfway down the page.
- You will now see the button that reads- ‘Block Pop-ups.’ Against this button, you will have the option to slide this button on or off based on your requirements.
Popup windows are automatically blocked when browsing with Safari by default for your general online safety.
Firefox cannot block sites on its own as Google Chrome and Safari can. Don’t worry; you can still work around it. You should install extensions that will detect and block sites with unwanted and sometimes dangerous content such as restricted content, virus or malware embedded pop-ups. Further for a more comprehensive method, you can edit the host’s file to ensure that the sites remain blocked regardless of which website is being used. Services like ‘OpenDNS’ will be the most effective in case you wish to block sites on multiple devices on your network.
There are various extensions available for Firefox that allow you to block sites. Although, these are only available for the desktop version of Firefox.
- To start, Click on ‘Menu’ button on the Firefox page that you have just opened.
- Now, select ‘Add-ons.’ This will open a new tab which will display your installed plug-in.
- Click on ‘Get Add-ons’ button which will show you some featured add-ons for Firefox.
- You can further look for add-ons market by clicking on ‘See more add-ons’ option. Here you can find ‘Block Site’ extension.’ Also, there are lots of different extensions that can block and filter websites such as ‘site block’, ‘parental control’ and so on.
- After choosing your desired extension, click the ‘Add to Firefox’ button and then ‘Install.’ This will add your desired extension to your Firefox installation.
- You will be now prompted to restart your computer.
- Click on the ‘I don’t want to help’ option in a new tab. This will prevent your browsing data from being sent to extensions such as Block Site.
- Open the settings for ‘Block Site’. After opening it, please return to the ‘Add-ons’ tab and then click on the ‘Extensions’ section.
- Further, click the ‘Options’ button which you can find next to ‘Block site.’
- Next step is to tick mark the ‘Enable authentication’ box to set up a password for greater control and security.
- You will be now given an option of choosing between ‘Blacklist’ and ‘White list.’ By selecting a ‘Blacklist’, you can block any website of your choice. Whereas if you choose the ‘White list’ option, all the websites will be blocked except the ones you are adding.
If you are a parent you will find ‘White list’ option as more effective for your children because you can limit them to just a few safe websites to ensure their online safety
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