Hate those Push Notifications from Websites?

Firefox can Block them Saving Your Sanity

There are two things that are infuriating.  One, when you got a website for some quick information and you get a pop-up asking if you want to install their mobile app, followed by a pop-up advertisement, followed by a pop-up newsletter sign up, and so on and so forth.  The other, is when you’re on your desktop and websites continually ask if you want to receive web push notifications.  Most of us don’t want that.

Block Push NotificationsFortunately, the latest release of Firefox has a way to turn off the majority of those notifications!  The process is simple if you know where to go.  The problem is while it can block the majority, it doesn’t quite block every push notification… yet.

How Web Push Notifications Work

There’s a good chance that you don’t really care for push notifications from the vast majority of the sites you visit.  So why does every site think that you need to get a notification every time they update something?  It boils down to keeping top-of-mind in a crowded digital world.  But most of the time you’re just looking for a snippet of information, and don’t need that notification.

Almost all sites use a standard Push API (hit that link if you want to learn the technically nitty gritty, for the rest of us it’s just your basic pop-up).  The new Firefox feature allows you to block every one of those things coming through so that if you actually want the push notifications from a particular site you have to manually add them instead of manually blocking everyone.  There are some more technically savvy sites that use HTML5 to create these push notifications, and they’ll slip right past the block.  Don’t worry, they won’t last long before Firefox has a block for them too.

As the internet morphs and changes, we’re bombarded with ads, sign-ups, and more of the like.  Most of us don’t like that stuff, and eventually the people find a way to overcome them (think Adblock Plus, however many sites have an adblock detect and now force you to turn it off before their pop-up will go away; eventually adblock will have an adblock detect detect and block the adblock detector).  Ultimately, what’s best for the viewer (that’s you!) will win.


How to Disable Web Push Notifications on Firefox

Now that you’ve slogged through the details on how and why push notifications are a thing (just kidding, you skimmed right to this part didn’t you?)  Here’s how you get rid of them.

Hit the three little lines in the upper right hand corner to access options (about halfway down).

Once on the options screen, select “Privacy & Security” from the left hand menu.  Scroll down until you see “Permissions” and hit the “Settings” button next to “Notifications”

Block web push notifications

Underneath your list of sites that you have manually blocked, you will see a check box to block all push notifications.  One box to block them all.  Select it.  Save it.

Now that you’ve made it this far, you’re probably saying “Where is that box?  I don’t see the box!  Why don’t I have a box?”  It’s because you don’t have the latest Firefox.  Go back to the three little lines, near the bottom select help, then click About Firefox.  This gives you a popup that will show your current browser.  You have to have version 59.0; if you’re not on the most recent you will have a button to close and update.  Then repeat the steps above to earn your box!

iDoctor Loves not having Pop Ups

Here at iDoctor we love technology.  But we hate those pop ups that do nothing to enhance the user experience.  The more we can block the better!

Of course that pop-up blocker does no good when your computer doesn’t work the way it should.  If you’re suffering from a virus, in need of an upgrade, or have hardware problems (such as your 5 year old knocked the laptop off the kitchen table), we will get you fixed up!  Bring your device to either of our computer repair shops in Billings, we have one on the West End and one in the Heights.