Some of the important features of the WebAPI Blocker addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with WebAPI Blocker.
In short, WebAPI Blocker let you easily block and nullify a desired web API via toolbar popup UI.
4 Reasons to Use WebAPI Blocker
Block any unwanted web API and protect your privacy.
Has an ON|OFF switch button to easily activate or deactivate the addon.
Has a dropdown menu with a list of all HTML5 APIs to choose from.
Available for all browsers and platforms (Window, Linux and Mac).
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is WebAPI Blocker?
WebAPI Blocker is a multi-browser addon that let you easily block and nullify a desired web API. Simply open toolbar popup UI and choose an API from the dropdown list. Then, click on the (+) button to add the item to the API list. Once you add an item, you can remove it from the list by clicking on the delete button next to each item. Moreover, you can deactivate an item by removing the check mark from the list. There is also a reload button at the top banner to reload the active tab.
2. What is WebAPI?
Web API is an Application Programming Interface (API) for a web browser. It is used for web development and limited to programming on the client side. All websites use these APIs to perform a task on client side. For example, a website can use a web API to play and audio or video file on your machine. As the web browsers get more sophisticated each day, these APIs will become more and more powerful which may raise some privacy concerns (i.e. detecting location, IP, fingerprint, timezone and etc.). This addon is very useful if you want to block an API and protect your privacy by limiting the functionality of selected APIs.
3. How can I download the source code for WebAPI Blocker?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How can I work with this addon?
Working with this addon is very easy. Once the addon is added to your browser, choose an API which you want to block from the list. Then reload all open tabs for changes to take effect. If you want to disable the addon, please click on the ON|OFF button once. Alternatively, you can uncheck all items within the popup to deactivate the addon. Please note that, blocking some web APIs may break webpage from loading or may cause them to become unresponsive. So, please proceed with caution when deciding to block a web API. There is a - reload - button at the top banner which you can use to reload the active tab and test whether the addon is working or not when blocking an API.
5. How does WebAPI Blocker addon work?
When you choose an API to block with web API blocker, this addon will nullify that API. In other words, all the methods within the chosen API will return null as opposed to the actual functionality. Please note that, because of this behavior, some websites may become unresponsive or even having problem loading. Therefore, as mentioned above, please be careful when trying to block an API with this addon.
6. How can I disable this addon?
In order to disable this addon, please visit extensions page in your browser and click on the disable button. Alternatively, you can open toolbar popup UI and click on the ON|OFF button at the top left corner.
7. Can I reload the active tab with this addon?
Yes, once you made changes in toolbar popup UI, please press on the reload button at the top banner to reload the active tab. Please note that only the active tab will be reloaded and all the other open tabs will remain intact.
8. Does this addon has any options or settings to adjust?
No, as mentioned above this addon not have a separate options or setting page. All the available adjustments are placed in toolbar popup UI.
9. Is this addon available for mobile browsers?
Yes, this addon is available for both desktop and mobile machines in all operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac).
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