PIA Adds Ad Blocker: Introducing Private Internet Access MACE™

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 by Caleb Chen
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July 8th, 2016: Private Internet Access MACE™ is a new feature that block ads, trackers and malware. Private Internet Access (PIA) has always sought to provide the most privacy-preserving solutions for customers using the PIA desktop client. After all, “Privacy is our Policy.” Online advertising is often a free-for-all where the end user loses. That’s why Private Internet Access created a VPN service with ad blocking features to keep users safe on Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Private Internet Access MACE™ blocks ads, trackers and malware

According to recent statistics, about 10% to 15% of internet users are currently using ad blockers. We believe this number should be a lot higher, and have doubled down on that belief with the release of MACE™. It is often hard for users to find the right ad blocker that works with their browser and is simple to use. Setting up an ad blocker at the network level requires even more technical expertise. Now customers will be able to use Private Internet Access MACE™ to block ads, trackers and malware on whatever browser they are using. To try out Private Internet Access MACE™, simply update the PIA client to v60.

About Private Internet Access (PIA)

Private Internet Access is the leading no log VPN service provider in the world. PIA believes that access to an open internet is a fundamental human right and donates effusively to EFF and FFTF to promote privacy causes internationally. Based out of North America, PIA has over 3300 servers in 24 countries that provide reliable, encrypted VPN tunnel gateways for whatever the use case. Please visit us at www.privateinternetaccess.com for more information.

About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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  1. Kandi Klover

    I love it so much! It works great on Android too, something that has been needing a universal adblocker for so long. Adblock plus had an app that setups a proxy within your phone to block ads but it never worked. There are adblock browser apps but it’s only on the web browser and requires you to switch browsers.

    I tested the MACE now and it works fantastic across all of the android, no more ads cluttering the apps even the free ones and I can finally watch youtube without the video advertisements. It’s great and a very good move by PIA I fully support. More people need to use ad blocking, internet ads have gotten out of hand.

    3 years ago
  2. Fran

    I LOVE you guys! Really! 😀

    3 years ago
  3. VAZE

    Badass! Thanks for investing in your product, surelly many of us will stay with you guys for long!

    3 years ago
    1. John A. Gray

      I know I will. Excellent prices and excellent service.

      3 years ago
  4. BastardSheep

    Are there any config options available or going to be made available for MACE? The current browser plugins I use allow me to look at and adjust the full lists of things I block, which I tweak regularly to the user experience I want. This is especially important for false-positive blocks. With MACE as it currently stands, my options seem to only be “on” or “off”?

    I love the idea, especially if it blocks app/youtube ads on my iPhone as Kandi (another commenter in here) suggests.

    3 years ago
  5. Richard

    Hi there, thanks for this. I see the option on the desktop client but not mobile. How can I enable adblocking on the iPhone app?

    3 years ago
    1. A.A.1

      Hello. There… In the app go to settings -> scroll down –> enable MACE . If yiu did not find it update the app or reinstall it.

      3 years ago
  6. Jay Rosewater

    I didnt have the great same experience: I tested it with and without the great ad blocker uBlock. uBlock blocks everything; uBlock off Mace on all ads went through on a Google search for fishing rods. Is Google paying PIA?

    3 years ago
  7. John A. Gray

    I often turn my adblocker off, on those sites which have unobtrusive advertisements…but some sites are just awful—huge flashing banners, crazy loud sounds in pop-up windows that start minimized or hide themselves behind the current window…etc.
    It’s very nice of you to include this additional—and free—service. Thanks much!

    3 years ago
  8. User

    This article says nothing about how it works.

    3 years ago
  9. user

    doesn’t block YouTube ads on Android 6.0.1. Do you need to have root for that?

    3 years ago
  10. Brett Schulte

    Does this work on gaming consoles (Xbox One)? iPhone?

    3 years ago