Ad block will block ads for both web pages and mobile apps. Due to how internet domain names are designed, this block is not always perfect. Under the hood, our service is to point your current configured DNS server to our internal DNS cache on the box (a side benefit of that is your DNS lookup will be very fast, and we didn't even advertise this!)
Windows/Mac/iPhone/Android all cache DNS entries, for example, to flush DNS cache on the iPhone is simply put the phone in airplane mode then turn it off.
Some websites will detect adblocking and prevent the real content from getting served. If you encounter issues, you should turn off ad blocking.
Firewalla's adblocker is a lot weaker than many of the desktop versions of Ad blocker. Here is the reason, in order to 'block ads' more effectively, the ad blocker will need to access inside the data stream and manipulate unencrypted data. Firewalla by design will never ever look at your data, and only will only look at metadata. This is the reason Firewalla will only block certain types of ads, not all.
Firewallla will "never" look at your data, or pass your data to third party service.
To test if Firewalla ad blocking is working or not, try open this website:
NOW A WARNING
Adblock is NOT a normal feature to have. It is like a cat and mouse game of advertiser platforms pushing ads and the blockers blocking them. Technology will move forward, and the disturbance to normal browsing may happen.
- You may be experiencing content not loading ...
- The website may complain you have an adblocker on ...
When this happens, please disable ad block, if you can send us the link that's causing trouble to firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not, and will never ever claim we can block all ad's. That's just impossible.