Advertising can be distracting and stressful, Below are tips for blocking ads and a list of resources. Take action now to to avoid becoming overwhelmed by ads on cellphones, computers, and other smart devices.
Browsers – use an ad blocker to stop receiving ads from appearing in browsers.
Calls – block unknown callers or send their calls sent to voicemail.
Emails – report spammers and move their messages to spam folders.
Internet – check privacy settings for accounts on Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
Notification – disable notifications for email and texts to avoid distractions.
Radio – listen to ad-free podcasts and music on streaming services to stop radio commercials.
Search Engines – turn off ad tracking on search engines.
Social Media – enable privacy settings on social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, X, etc.
Texts – block texts from unknown senders or segregate them in a separate folder.
TV – replace live TV with ad-free streaming services.
Unsubscribe – opt out of mailing lists that distribute political messages.
Andy Anderson, How to Keep Annoying Political Ads From Clogging Up Your Newsfeed, Medium, Sept. 24, 2022.
Steve Israel, Unsubscribe! The Tyranny of Political Fundraising Emails, The Hill, Nov. 17, 2021,
Phil Nickinson, If You Have A Smart TV, You Need an Ad-Blocker, Digital Trends, Jan. 19, 2022.
Lata Nott, Political Advertising on Social Media Platforms, ABA Human Rights Magazine, Jun. 25, 2020.
Katie Teague, Swamped With Election Campaign Text Messages? Here’s How to Stop Them, CNET, Nov 5, 2022.
Lance Whitney, Stop the Madness: How to Block Spam Calls and Robocalls, Facebook, Aug. 7, 2023.
John Bandler, Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer’s Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security, ABA Book Publishing, Aug. 9, 2017.
Kevin Mitnick, The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data, Bay Books, Sep. 10, 2019
Katharine Jarmul, Practical Data Privacy: Enhancing Privacy and Security in Data, O’Reilly Media, Jun. 6, 2023.
Daniel Solove and Paul Schwartz, Privacy Law Fundamentals 6th Ed, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Jan. 1, 2017.
Hushed (Temporary and Second Phone Numbers)
NoMoRobo (Call and Text Blocker)
ProtonMail (Private Mail)
Privacy Badger (Anti-Tracking)