Internet is full of spoilers, which makes it a dangerous place to stay if you try to avoid what happens in Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones or any other TV show, Movies or videogames that you are still updating. Even when you think you have things under control, the autocomplete feature of Google has spoiled things before. URLs can also contain spoilers.
In addition, trolls can embed spoilers into unrelated content. When it was released Star Wars: The Force Awakens the biggest plot twist in the movie was hidden inside a deceptive video titled something like "LMAO funny Madden 16 glitches". (Needless to say, there was no funny Madden faults that can be found.)
Of course, the most logical suggestion to avoid them is simply to log out indefinitely, but that's not going to happen.
There are several ways to stay without a spoiler without shortened use of your computer or phone. If you spend a lot of time on Twitter, silencing keywords is a granular and simple solution . Facebook does not allow the filtering of specific keywords, although you can defer groups that follow for 30 days if there is one that normally shares spoilers.
If you want wider protection across the web, this comes in the form of browser extensions. With compatibility with major browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, these allow you to draw the line of what you want to see online.
You deserve not to be harmed and these extensions can help you.
Spoiler Protection 2.0
This extension can be installed in Chrome and Firefox (including Firefox in mobile phones), and allows you to add keywords that you want to block wherever you are connected. .
Once installed, clicking on the extension opens a window that allows you to customize it. The page allows you to add specific keywords to block, along with the action you would like to take when you hit that keyword. You can also disable the images and videos associated with that keyword.
Spoiler Protection 2.0 is really aggressive to block things, so it's a good sign that it works. But with videos and photos turned off, it affects more than just the content related to the spoiler's keywords. YouTube still works, but most other photos and videos stop loading.
- Available for Firefox, Chrome
As my colleague Thomas Ricker tried it while trying to avoid Star Wars spoilers in 2015, Unspoiler is the "scalpel" method to block online spoilers. Presented against Spoiler Protection 2.0, which is a more powerful tool to eliminate any trace of a spoiler, this is a lighter and more accurate solution.
Once activated Unspoiler in your browser, enter any keyword that you wish to remain happily oblivious. This extension does a good job of censoring headlines and blocking certain images related to your keywords. There are many possibilities for you to stay free of spoilers, although it does not block everything. A search on Google, for example, revealed several images and website synopses are not covered.
How to block spoilers on your phone
Actually, there are countless ways to block spoilers in your browser, but if you are looking for a mobile solution, your options are more limited. In addition to the Spoiler Protection 2.0 add-on mentioned above, the only other satisfactory one that I found was an Android application called Spoilers Blocker, which acts as Spoiler Protection 2.0 by applying a block of hard color on each element of the page that makes a mention of its word spoiler key. It's a bit drastic, although it's okay to draw on every application you have installed on your phone.
The spoilers do not bother everyone, but if you're like me, you prefer to stay in the dark until you can enjoy a new movie, TV show or game with new eyes. These extensions are not a perfect solution, but they are definitely useful to keep spoilers out of sight until you catch them.
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