Many of us have ad-blocking scripts installed on our web browsers to protect our, but that is truly enough?
If you want to go for a suspenders-and-belt approach, you might consider the eBlocker Pro. On display in the Sands Expo this week at CES 2016, this $99 device is a network appliance that promises to give an added level of security.
Simply plug it in, and it will stop all tracking scripts, blocks ads and lets you surf truly anonymously. It will hide your IP address, and it will also give any device on that network the same cloaking ability. It also prevents data collection from third parties without your permission, giving you control of your online identity.
“The internet has evolved into mass surveillance, and most people have no idea how much data is collected without their knowledge and then used against them,” said Christian Bennefeld, founder, eBlocker. “User profiles employed by third parties can result in you paying more for goods, flights, hotels and can even influence insurance rates and home loans. We strongly believe that a user should know who is collecting this data, and be able to stop it if they desire.”
The hardware is being shown off this week in Las Vegas, and it will be available through a Kickstarter campaign on 20 January (the company had previously run a successful Indiegogo campaign).
$99 will get you an eBlocker Pro, while the eBlocker Family costs $124. Both come with a year of updates, but if you want a lifetime updates then you will have to pony up $299.
That is a high price to pay for privacy, compared to the free web browser extensions; do you think it is worth it?