Block ads and beat data surveillance with IVPN’s AntiTracker
IVPN’s core mission is to help people control what information they share with others. Our VPN service solves a key privacy problem by encrypting your traffic, making it inaccessible to your ISP and anyone else who may wish to surveil your online activity.
However, there is a lot more going on in terms of privacy violations when you are connected to the Internet. Thousands of companies track your movement across websites, profile your activities and sell that information to advertisers or the highest bidding data brokers.
Adding an ad blocker to our core service provides multiple benefits. First, it makes the browsing experience faster and less overwhelming. IVPN’s DNS-based blocking solution doesn’t allow calls to ad services to go through when visiting websites, fulfilling this need much more effectively compared to browser extensions.
This feature also has the added benefit of blocking the data trackers that companies use to build a profile of you by tracking your browsing behavior. An enhanced privacy protection is what we work towards at IVPN, we consider this even more valuable than ad blocking; so naming the tool ‘AntiTracker’ seemed a logical choice. This way every user of our VPN service can block not only unwanted ads, adware and malicious websites, but also data tracking operations.
Hardcore Mode: block Google and Facebook
Privacy-conscious individuals are becoming increasingly frustrated by the complete disregard for, and empty promises about privacy from the flagship bearers of the surveillance economy: Google and Facebook. As an ethical Tracking Free company we strive to support anyone who plans to cut ties with them.
One major step towards that goal is enabling the optional ‘Hardcore Mode’ of our AntiTracker feature to make their services inaccessible, and completely block all requests to sites owned by them. This is particularly useful in two scenarios:
- To receive the best protection available against their tracking methods and trying to go ‘off the grid’ from their pervasive scanning.
- To wean yourself off their services and start looking for alternatives, contributing to a profiling-free and more competitive Internet.
Keep in mind that URLs, services and dependencies from these two companies will not work when you go ‘all in’ with Hardcore Mode.
We believe our solution has arrived at a critical time, not only due to the overwhelming success of data surveillance business models – which make it ever harder to preserve your privacy online without extra safeguards – but because the key players are making it increasingly harder to fight back with conventional methods. IVPN’s AntiTracker feature goes one step towards a future in which no one can be surveilled, profiled and discriminated against by governments based on what they do online.
You can use the AntiTracker tool right now by downloading the latest versions of the IVPN application from our website.
Please note that some websites might not be accessible when using this tool – you can learn more about common questions and tips in our related Knowledge Base article.
For Android users this feature won’t be available in the Play Store distributed app version due to Google policies (surprise, surprise) and we recommend downloading the latest version directly from our website.
We would also like to invite you to give feedback on our AntiTracker tool after testing it by sending us a message.
Thank you for supporting the vision of a tracking free future!