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How can I whitelist sites in Firefox so I can allow ads and read the content?

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There are newspaper and magazine sites that block access to their content unless you are able whitelist their site. This allows (or stops blocking) their ads, which in turn is how they help pay for their sites. I can't find any information on how to do this and can't locate a whitelist in Firefox. Where do I start and what steps are required for creating or adding to a whitelist of websites whose ads are not blocked? Thank you!

There are newspaper and magazine sites that block access to their content unless you are able whitelist their site. This allows (or stops blocking) their ads, which in turn is how they help pay for their sites. I can't find any information on how to do this and can't locate a whitelist in Firefox. Where do I start and what steps are required for creating or adding to a whitelist of websites whose ads are not blocked? Thank you!

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Hi VestaC, in regular windows, Firefox doesn't block ads.

In private windows, the Tracking Protection feature may block ads. If Firefox applies Tracking Protection to the currently displayed pages, you can make an exception using a "shield" icon at the left end of the address bar. More info in this article: What happened to Tracking Protection?.

Otherwise, you could check your add-ons, in particular, your extensions. Popular extensions include a number that can block ads in pages, such as Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, uMatrix, Disconnect, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, and many others. Often they will give you a toolbar button to manage whether to block content on the current page.

You can view, disable, and often configure or remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions. Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. All extensions are optional. If you see an Options button, you can make settings changes for the extension. The "More" link provides more detailed information. If in doubt, disable.

Can you get the site "unblocked" to its satisfaction?

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Hi VestaC, in regular windows, Firefox doesn't block ads.

In private windows, the Tracking Protection feature may block ads. If Firefox applies Tracking Protection to the currently displayed pages, you can make an exception using a "shield" icon at the left end of the address bar. More info in this article: What happened to Tracking Protection?.

Otherwise, you could check your add-ons, in particular, your extensions. Popular extensions include a number that can block ads in pages, such as Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, uMatrix, Disconnect, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, and many others. Often they will give you a toolbar button to manage whether to block content on the current page.

You can view, disable, and often configure or remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a)
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions. Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. All extensions are optional. If you see an Options button, you can make settings changes for the extension. The "More" link provides more detailed information. If in doubt, disable.

Can you get the site "unblocked" to its satisfaction?

Hi VestaC, in regular windows, Firefox doesn't block ads. In private windows, the Tracking Protection feature may block ads. If Firefox applies Tracking Protection to the currently displayed pages, you can make an exception using a "shield" icon at the left end of the address bar. More info in this article: [[Tracking Protection in Private Browsing]]. Otherwise, you could check your add-ons, in particular, your extensions. Popular extensions include a number that can block ads in pages, such as Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, uMatrix, Disconnect, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, and many others. Often they will give you a toolbar button to manage whether to block content on the current page. You can view, disable, and often configure or remove unwanted or unknown extensions on the Add-ons page. Either: * Ctrl+Shift+a (Mac: Command+Shift+a) * "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons In the left column, click Extensions. Then cast a critical eye over the list on the right side. All extensions are optional. If you see an Options button, you can make settings changes for the extension. The "More" link provides more detailed information. If in doubt, disable. Can you get the site "unblocked" to its satisfaction?

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Thank you!!! So helpful, and such a fast reply--very grateful for the help.

Thank you!!! So helpful, and such a fast reply--very grateful for the help.