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Better browsing using Privoxy

I've been a happy Privoxy user for quite some time now. I can really recommend it to anybody who wants to get rid of all the nasty stuff floating around on the web these days. From the Privoxy homepage:

Privoxy is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy, modifying web page content, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious Internet junk.

The most useful feature for me is that it automatically removes almost all of those ugly flash-based ad banners.

My todo list:

  • Fine tune the filters for my needs. I'm currently using the stock Debian package of Privoxy, without any customizations.
  • Check out Neil van Dyke's privoxy rules which filter even more nasty stuff.
  • Check out the combination of Privoxy and Tor for anonymous browsing.
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