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A recap of 2018 in ad blocking

In late December we posted a recap of 2018 from AdGuard's point of view. But the year didn't happen in a vacuum; we are all in this together — ad blocker developers, ad blocker users, and advertisers. So anything that happens in the "world of ad blocking" concerns both us and you, the users. Let's look back at the most noteworthy events in the industry, assess their impact, and try to make some predictions for the next year.

Our comment on Google Chrome's proposed extensions platform change

You might have already heard about this. Google is going to change Chrome's extension platform. The proposed change in its current state will cripple or even effectively kill a lot of extensions, and it will significantly reduce the capabilities of ad blockers including AdGuard Chrome extension.

The Year 2018 in AdGuard

Only few days left before the next year dawns on us, and traditionally this is the best time to draw a line, look back and recall what was done in the last 12 months (and what was not). Of course, we won't go over every single update for every AdGuard product, but instead let's have a look at the most important milestones, without concern for chronological order.

Introducing AdGuard Home

As many of you probably know, AdGuard provides a lot of ways to block ads in form of various apps and browser extensions. Some even heard about AdGuard DNS, a way to block ads without installing anything on your device. And today we are announcing the official release of a completely new product — AdGuard Home, which carries a lot of cool new stuff with it.

Moderator of the Year
It has been a year since our first moderators began managing AdGuard translations. And now it’s time to name the winners and to reward the best moderators of the year!
AdGuard Security Notice

We have detected an attack towards AdGuard servers. The most important thing is: AdGuard servers were not compromised. Malefactors used existing databases of email/password pairs previously leaked by different companies. We believe that attackers were able to access some of the accounts, but only few of them which owners used the same compromised email/password pair. If you are not one of them, your personal data was not leaked. We made a desicion to reset all users' passwords anyway, mostly as a preventive measure.

AdGuard Pro for iOS in its current form will be discontinued due to Apple's policy

Google, Apple, Amazon and now Apple again. Ad blockers have almost conquered the desktop browsers, but corporations don't want it to happen in their walled gardens, and protect them fiercely.

AdGuard on Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle offers a cybersecurity bundle that include AdGuard, ProtonMail and PIA, and you choose the price yourself. Don't miss the chance!
Introducing AdGuard CoreLibs

Since the very beginning of AdGuard, every year we were doing more: more updates, more products, more features. And that translated into more people using AdGuard :). However, you may have noticed that in 2018 we were not as active with AdGuard updates as we usually are. We even had to postpone the long-awaited cloud sync feature. There is a good reason for that, and I am going to tell you more about it today.

Goodbye, Amazon

A few days ago Amazon informed us that AdGuard for Android was suspended on the Amazon AppStore due to their content policy violation. The said policy repeats Google Play store policies practically word to word:

AdGuard download has started! Click the button indicated by the arrow to start the installation. Thank you for choosing AdGuard! Select "Open" and click "OK", then wait for the file to be downloaded. In the opened window, drag the AdGuard icon to the "Applications" folder. Thank you for choosing AdGuard! Select "Open" and click "OK", then wait for the file to be downloaded. In the opened window, click "Install". Thank you for choosing AdGuard!