Tired of having to close windows and alerts while browsing the Internet? Let’s see how to solve the most annoying problems.
Fortunately, we can limit annoying website problems by applying some simple tricks or getting help from some extensions for the Google Chrome browser.
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Notifications for cookies
Cookies are an important part of websites and, with the latest European laws, it is necessary to show warnings at the first access of each user, so that they can choose which cookies to authorize or not (GDPR law). But it is not uncommon to see the window appear even after entering the site, often occupying a very large portion of the window.
To solve this problem, simply press the button Customize avoiding always pressing on Accept everything Or Accept the selected.
After pressing on the key Customize we choose which cookies to authorize, with the help of the button Reject all O Disable all, to be used in the various tabs shown (if the cookies are divided by category, we will find various screens in which to click). Not all cookies can be disabled, some are essential for the functioning of the site.
If even by customizing the cookie experience we are not able to get rid of the warning window, it is better to point to a browser such as Mozilla Firefox, which has an effective anti-tracking system. After installing the browser it will be sufficient to open the menu Settings (in the menu at the top right), take us to the screen Privacy and security, and activate the voice Retrittiva.
After activating this setting we can safely click on Accept everything or similar in the cookie banners since the most dangerous ones will be blocked directly by the browser. Of course, we don’t always press on Accept everything but we customize the experience on the sites we visit often for best results.
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The problem of auto-playing video has become really very evident in recent years: more and more sites are showing videos (advertising or site content) in one small floating window which changes in size and is always visible even when we scroll through the page (often the closing X key appears only after several seconds).
To minimize the annoyance of these videos, just play with the settings of modern browsers, which are often too permissive with websites (blocking only the audio in automatic start). We can block autoplay videos by installing the Disable HTML5 Autoplay (Reloaded) extension.
Alternatively, we can rely on a browser like Mozilla Firefox, which is much more attentive to this type of problem. Once the open source browser is open let’s go to the address bar, type in it about:preferences#privacy to take us immediately to the settings screen, we scroll until we find the item Automatic playback we press the button Settings next to it and, in the drop-down menu at the top, we select Block audio and video.
With this setting enabled, the videos will no longer start by themselves and will not chase us on the page, making navigation much smoother.
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Solve the CAPTCHAs
In order to download some files or to access some sections of the site, we are often asked to solve a CAPTCHAa security system designed to keep bots away. Too bad they are sometimes so difficult and repetitive that even real people are kept away!
As already seen in another article, to automatically resolve most CAPTCHAs it may be useful to install the best-in-class Buster extension on Google Chrome.
After installing the extension we only have to wait for the appearance of a CAPTCHA: as soon as it is visible, press the yellow man icon under the window to automatically resolve and bypass the security system.
This extension isn’t capable of solving all CAPTCHAs, but it works fairly well on simpler ones or those with prominent images (those with grainy images are hard to bypass).
Another little known trick to bypass the CAPTCHA check is to move the mouse: by repeatedly moving the mouse immediately after pressing on I am not a robot Or I am not a Bot we will provide the control system with proof that “we are alive” and that we are not just bots wanting to access the system. This method also doesn’t always work, but it can be helpful to keep this in mind.
Finally, we remind you that the appearance of the CAPTCHA on Google pages is often linked to the presence of one Active VPN: we deactivate the VPN and try to access Google search again to avoid the CAPTCHA.
Accidental deletion of forms
Another very irritating problem when we surf the Internet is the accidental loss of data entered in the forms or fields to be filled in: if the site is not done well or we lose access during the compilation, everything we have written up to that point is lost and we will have to rewrite everything from scratch.
Luckily we can solve this problem by installing a “compiled form history” with the Typio Form Recovery (Chrome) and Form History Control (Firefox) extensions.
With these systems, it is possible to keep track of the typings made in each text field and, in case of sudden deletions, just open the extension and check what was written, so as to be able to copy it again in the appropriate field.
This typing history system is really very useful and can save you from a lot of unpleasant and frustrating situations, but remember to clear the history at least once a month to avoid leaving too many traces of what you have written on the web.
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The web has become increasingly business-friendly: everyone wants to have their share from an economic point of view (most of the annoyances are due to incorrect or exaggerated marketing or advertising strategies) but the real goal of the Internet is lost. , that is to offer a useful service to the user.
If to have access to certain information I have to dodge 4 windows, 2 floating videos, and an anti-bot with traffic lights or fire hydrants, it is no longer a service but torture and I often prefer to change sites rather than wait and see.
A very different thing is Paywalls, with which sites prefer to get paid immediately for the best items in order to be able to immediately re-enter the effort made to create them, without bombarding users with windows or videos. Somehow it is even possible to read sites and newspapers online for free on iPhone and Androidbypassing paywalls, although not always.
In this regard, we can still find the best newspaper sites without Paywall