Content Blocker

Hermit includes a built-in Content Blocker for Ads, Malware, Fake News, and other unwanted content, and it is enabled by default for all Lite Apps you create.

No need to download any extensions or add-ons!

Everything you need is already in the app.

How it Works

Hermit automatically downloads a block list that contains hundreds of thousands of hosts (domains) known to be associated with advertising, malware, fake news, and other unwanted content. It then blocks any requests to files from those domains. Thus, Hermit is good at blocking ads from third-party ad providers (with domain-based block lists).

Cat and Mouse Game

Ad Blocking in general is a cat and mouse game. As soon as we block a particular domain, advertisers start using a different domain to thwart ad blocking, and we then update our block lists to include the new domains.

Automatic Updates

That’s why Hermit automatically downloads updates to the block lists in the background.

99% Ad Blocking

Some sites show ads as part of their content: e.g. Instagram or Twitter. Since those ads are loaded from the same domain as the content, it is not yet possible to detect them as ads by looking at network traffic alone.

It is still possible for certain ads to make their way through the ad blocker. If you see this, send us a screenshot with the exact URL of the page and we will add those ads to the next release of the block list.

Configuring the Content Blocker

Selecting Block Lists

This is a new feature in Hermit, currently available only via the Early Access Program. To use it, you need to subscribe to the Early Access Program in the app.

You can individually select the block lists that should be active for the Content Blocker.

  1. Launch the Hermit main app.
  2. Press the icon in the top right corner.

  3. Tap on “Content Blocker”.
  4. Select the block lists that you want to activate.
  5. Hosts from selected lists will be blocked.

Disabling the Content Blocker for a Lite App

You can disable the ad blocker for any particular Lite App if it interferes with page rendering.

  1. Launch your Hermit Lite App.
  2. Swipe in from the right edge to reveal the “Quick Settings” sidebar.

  3. Tap on “Block Ads and Malware”