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Standard User TLM
(legend) Tue 19-Feb-13 20:04:47
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Switching off personalised ads on iPad?


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Is there any way of doing this? I've had the same ads chasing me around every site I visit, for days. It's not anything I'm even interested in, but a product I'd glanced at once, before deciding it was definitely not what I wanted. I'm now plagued with ads about it ever since, and heartily sick of it.

I went to Google Ads Preferences, and opted out of ads on the web AND ads on search and Gmail. I also deleted ALL of the demographic info Google held on me - some of which was an incorrect guess anyway, but deleted even the ones that were spot on.

I tried to use Youronlinechoices.com to opt out of multiple adservers simultaneously, but the site said it doesn't work with Safari.

The ads are not particularly embarrassing or incriminating - it's nothing I'd mind people knowing I'd been looking at. They're just driving me mad with the unstoppable plugging of things I looked at once, but didn't want.

I can't believe there's no way of stopping this if you happen to be on an iPad.

T.
Moderator billford
(moderator) Tue 19-Feb-13 20:19:50
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Re: Switching off personalised ads on iPad?


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There's a free1 ad-blocker extension for Safari- here.

Can't guarantee it works on an iPad, but I wouldn't be without it on the iMac and MacBook smile


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Standard User defcom
(experienced) Tue 19-Feb-13 20:42:17
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https://chromeadblock.com/pay/

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Moderator billford
(moderator) Tue 19-Feb-13 20:45:42
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Yes, I know... Amazon.com won't accept my .co.uk account, I don't have an account with Google (nor do I intend opening one!) and I can't remember what the problem was with PayPal.

If he took Visa I'd pay him!

Bill
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Standard User TLM
(legend) Tue 19-Feb-13 21:47:31
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Alas, not supported. frown

Worth a try though.

Last week it was rugs - all week.

This week, it's FAKE HAIR! I was looking for some gizzmos to style my REAL hair - so don't need the fake variety - but it's been trying to sell me extensions and hairpieces ever since.

T.
Standard User path6336
(member) Wed 20-Feb-13 09:45:04
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HI, two ways I know of:
On the device go to Settings, General, About,Advertising. In the section Limit Ad Tracking Preferences set it to ON to limit the tracking.
I believe you can opt out from the device by opening http://oo.apple.com from the Safari browser - this takes you to the Apple opt-out panel.
Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 20-Feb-13 10:02:59
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There is no such setting on my iPad 1.

The website only opts out from ads from the iAd Network. I suspect this may not be the origin of TLM's ads.
Standard User TLM
(legend) Wed 20-Feb-13 11:24:11
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That is correct that I haven't any such setting (mine's also an iPad 1)

And I haven't yet tried the recommended opt-out website, but similar websites I've tried that let you opt out of multiple networks at once are unsupported in Safari.

I would assume the mechanism is similar, whether you're trying to opt out of just one network, or all of them, so if it doesn't work with the other opt-out websites I've already tried, I'm guessing it won't with this new one, either.

T.
Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 20-Feb-13 11:28:12
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It wouldn't do any harm to go to that Apple site and opt out (you don't have to do anything, it just automatically opts you out if you visit it - that's Apple for you!); I just wouldn't hold any high hopes that it will solve all your problems. But, I guess, every little bit helps. It would be nice if you could run add-ons like ad blockers and spam blockers on iPads, but that's just not the way they work.
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