Idea: use "global proxy" internally as Pi-Hole-like adblocker

asked 2019-03-20 00:12:43 +0300

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2019-03-20 00:59:41 +0300

With last update to 3.0.2 we have got a "global proxy" option in WLAN-setting (pulley -> advanced).

I would like to see an enhancement there to have a native option for an "internal proxy". This internal proxy should work like Pi-Hole (which I also recommend!) does in LAN. I know that Pi-Hole does not work as proxy. But i assume a filter-proxy could offer the same result: which is blocking ads and trackers.

BTW: there could also be a native option to use TOR. (compare this:

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I don't have an answer on your idea, but for add blocking here is what I do: I use the native app "Defender". You can find it at OpenRepos The first time it runs it takes a loooot of time (it took more than 30 mins if I remember right), and it creates a /etc/hosts file close to 4.2 Mb.

Some extra steps: Backup your /etc/hosts before do anything. When Defender finishes, make a backup of the new /etc/hosts (let's say it will be the file: /etc/hosts_DEFENDER_BACKUP ). I don't know why, but every 1 - 3 months the /etc/hosts resets to its default state - I suppose it has to do that when Defender try to renew it I am not connected on-line. I understand that because of the banners that re-appear. Then from terminal I give the command as root: rm /etc/hosts ; cp -a /etc/hosts_DEFENDER_BACKUP /etc/hosts ;

As always, have in mind that you work with system files, and it could make some damage in your phone. Use any of the above with your own risk

nas ( 2019-03-20 12:02:01 +0300 )edit

@nas : many thanks for your answer. Of course there are many ways to get ad-/tracking-free surfing. Your explanation describes one possibility pretty well. I mainly wanted to feature-request an official support by Jolla. And I think via proxy could be an easy and nice way to do so. :-)

M.Bln. ( 2019-03-20 23:28:10 +0300 )edit

I use one of the many ad-blocking hosts files, works well.

tux_in_iE ( 2019-04-05 00:36:40 +0300 )edit