Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· dcunit3d

[For Peace of Mind & Security] manually activate plugins on the web

Don't Fret

  • Manually approving plugins is simpler than it sounds.
  • And ends up saving your time and peace of mind.
  • Oh and pages load much faster.

There's a ton of ads out there in the world.

  • Ads on the web
  • Ads on the road
  • And even ads above urinals (targeted for men)

Really? I can't relieve myself without commercialism being forced down my eyeholes?

Well now you can fight the good fight

And disable flash ads!

These are the ads that often involve lots of motion and thus divert the focus of our subconscious minds. Seriously, saying visual recognition is computationally intensive would be an understatement. These ads needlessly waste CPU cycles in both my laptop and my brain.

Oh, and you'll find tons of malware on the web is loaded through plugins and especially flash & java. 9 times out of 10, you didn't want to load that plugin anyways.

To manually approve plugins in Chrome:

  • Open preferences
  • Scroll to bottom
  • Reveal advanced settings
  • Find privacy
  • Click content settings
  • Scroll to plug-ins
  • Select "Click to Play"

This setting replaces all plugins on the page with puzzle pieces. If you want to load a plugin, simply click on the puzzle piece when you want it to load. If you run into a problem with a particular website, you can set it to automatically load.

Plugins you'll need to Click to Play include:

  • Youtube videos
  • Shiny flash ads for shiny things you don't need
  • Hidden payloads for botnet enlistment
  • Harmless spyware from your friendly government

Websites that must have exceptions set up:

  • Soundcloud
  • Grooveshark
  • And possibly more, who knows.

All In All

This is a setting I enabled for security at first. But, I've noticed how much easier it to read a news article without [blink]flashing ads[/blink]. I mean are we in 2012 or 1999?