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Bluehell Firewall for Firefox 2.5.0

A lightweight but effective ad-blocker

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 27 December 2014
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Developer: Diego Casorran
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Bluehell Firewall for Firefox
A lightweight but effective ad-blocker

Bluehell Firewall is an extremely lightweight ad-blocking and tracking/ privacy protector.

How lightweight? As we write, the current version is a mere 42KB download, a fraction of some of the competition.

One reason for this is that Bluehell Firewall uses only five blocking rules. Apart from simplifying the add-on, it also greatly improves performance, as there are very few checks to make before any web resource can be displayed. Yet it still reportedly blocks about 7,000 .com and .net domains.

Another reason is that Bluehell Firewall's developer has concentrated on the core ad-blocking functionality, and not added any other frills, at all. There are no options or settings, you don't have to set up any subscriptions, it just works. (You don't even have to restart Firefox after Bluehell Firewall's installation.)

Arguably this does go a little too far. The ability to create a whitelist of trusted sites would be welcome, but, well - forget it, at least for now.

Bluehell Firewall scores well for ad-blocking, though, and it's definitely easy to use, so on balance it gets a thumbs up from us.

Version 2.5.0 "updated blocking lists"

Verdict:

Its total lack of configuration options may sometimes be an issue, but Bluehell Firewall does a great job of blocking ads without affecting performance, and that's what counts for us.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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