Are Google Chrome ad blockers becoming redundant?

Are Google Chrome ad blockers becoming redundant?
Shaun M Jooste

Shaun M Jooste

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As many Google Chrome extension developers already know, the company’s latest MV3 API is designed to protect everyone’s privacy on the browser. Introduced in 2018, Manifest V3 has already started accepting new extensions with MV2 coming to a stop. However, it seems that ad blockers won’t be able to perform their functions due to some imposed limitations.

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Why do we think so? You may know a popular Google Chrome extension by the name of uBlock Origin. Raymond Hill is the architect behind the design, who made a new version commit on GitHub. In one of the comments, he recommended users continue with the MV2 edition, as the MV3 update might not work. He cited that the MV3 API has too many limitations.

There’s one issue with this recommendation, though. If you look at the Manifest V3 details for Google Chrome extensions, you’ll notice that the store won’t accept any more updates in MV2. That means these old versions may become obsolete by 2023, and you’ll need to move to MV3 extensions.

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So, what does this all mean for Google Chrome users? Well, while it’s protecting your privacy more, your ad blockers might not work from next year onwards. You’ll need to deal with adverts or website redirections. Of course, there is a different solution: installing a VPN and hiding your I.P address and personal details from third parties.

With so many trusted Google Chrome extensions stealing millions of data, I’m sure many of you are looking forward to MV3. We’ll have to wait and see how many adverts appear, but here’s hoping ad blocker developers can find a solution. I’m currently using a built-in ad blocker with Avast Secure Browser, and I’m wondering if MV3 will have any effect on the Chromium system.

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Shaun M Jooste

Shaun M Jooste

I live in South Africa, Cape town, as a father of two children. I've been gaming almost all my life, with plenty of experience writing reviews and articles on the latest titles. With 15 years of experience in local government performing Facilities Management functions, I moved towards becoming CEO of my own company, Celenic Earth Publications, which serves to publish author's books, including my own. I'm a published author of horror and fantasy novels, while I also dabble in game and movie scriptwriting.

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