Roadblock – another great Content Blocker with profiles and iCloud sync

RoadblockRecently I reviewed great Content Blocker for macOS and iOS – 1Blocker. But no blocker is 100% solution, so I decided to find another one. I was finding customizable Content Blocker with iCloud sync between Mac and it’s iOS counterpart. I found Roadblock. In past, Roadblock didn’t support iCloud sync, but this feature was added later so I tried it. And I was surprised – it’s a really great piece of software for your Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. App is really intuitive and sync works 100%, so I purchased full version for both Mac and iPad.

With Roadblock, you can not only block ads, trackers and spying social networks’ buttons, but some other elements too, like videos and audio, which is great on limited data connection.

Roadblock works with profiles – just set your prefered settings and save them as profile. You can have many profiles and you can switch to other at any time. For example, let’s create profile called “Home wi-fi” and block all ads and tracker. And now, create profile “Mobile” and block ads, trackers, videos and audio. And switch from one to another one. This is how it works. It’s easy-to-use profile-based content blocker.

Profile settings are divided into four categories:

  • Ads and Tracking
  • Social Media
  • Web Resources
  • Custom Rules

These categories are listed as icons in top right corner:

Mac Buttons in corner

You can make any combination of these settings and save them as profile. In last category, Custom Rules, are present eight categories:

  • Block Content
  • Block Websites
  • Hide Content
  • Secure Content
  • Secure Websites
  • Strip Cookies
  • Whitelist Content
  • Whitelist Websites

By this way, it’s possible to block 3rd party cookies or even 1st party cookies. Whitelist Websites / Block Websites can be used to whitelist / block any website. For advanced users are options to whitelist / block selected element of webpages:

Roadblock Mac Custom Rule

Take care of last setting “Apply On”. Here are options to set which websites are affected by this rule. Options are to set this rule to affect all websites, or to only affect websites in list or affect all websites except those in list.

Roadblock got it’s counterpart for iOS. iPhones, iPads and iPod touch are supported. As for me, it looks like this:

Roadblock iPad

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Note: this screenshot is from my iPad Pro, as it looks right from launch. Fresh installed Roadblock looks exactly like this, but, of course, without “Mobile” and “ThinkApple” profile, which I added manually.

For this review, I created fictive filter “ThinkApple”, after choosing profile from list it’s editable:

Roadblock iPad

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In left column under “Blocker Profiles” under field “Manage Profiles” is name of currently active profile, not edited one. It may be little confusing, so I made screenshot:

Profile Editing iPad

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In left column under “Profile Settings” are eight categories, exactly as on it’s Mac counterpart:

  • Block Content
  • Block Websites
  • Hide Content
  • Secure Content
  • Secure Websites
  • Strip Cookies
  • Whitelist Content
  • Whitelist Websites

When you view profile, look at bottom of screen – there are three buttons: Share menu, “Activate” button and icon of trash.

Using Share menu, you can export your profile and save your settings to other iPad app or send it by e-mail. Exported file’s name extension is “.roadblock”. This also works in Mac version, just go to Mac’s top menu, select “File” and then “Export”. You may see import feature in “File” menu, which is used to import previously exported settings from file. Unfortunately, import feature works only on Mac, but thanks to iCloud syncing, your settings are very fast synced with your iOS device.

Button “Active”, as title says, serves to activate profile. Trash icon will delete your profile from device.

Except import feature, both Mac and iOS device got same features and all is synced via iCloud.

Roadblock is content Blocker, not Safari extension, so loading pages is faster and much less battery energy is drained. More infos about Content Blockers can be found at my 1Blocker Review.

You will need OS X El Capitan to run this app, but for iCloud sync, you need macOS Sierra. In case of iOS, you need iOS 9 and 64-bit SoC (A7 and newer).

You can download reviewed app(s) here:

Roadblock – Content Blocker

Roadblock – Content Blocker

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