The next in my series of apps you’ve never heard of, is Kill Ads by Kathleen Gallagher Mody ($0.99). As the name might imply, the purpose of this app is to block ads in browsers and apps on your smartphone or tablet. Because many apps derive their income from advertisements, for some, using such an app is an ethical decision, so I’ll leave that up to you.

Personally, I mostly use Kill Ads to block ads in apps that are ‘aggressive’ with their video or other advertising, and do not offer the option to remove the ads via purchase or an ad-free version of the app. For example, I have a bus map app that I use to determine when the next bus ploughing my route will arrive, and it throws up an advertisement as I’m navigating through the map options. It is very frustrating, particularly as the developer deliberately made it difficult to close the ad. Another reason you might want to block ads is when you are using an expensive mobile data plan because ads can consume a lot of data.

The one thing you might want to be aware of is that Kill Ads blocks ads using a VPN method. If you don’t know what a VPN is, then I would suggested educating yourself, so that you can be sure this is most appropriate solution for you. (For example, when you use a VPN, the VPN provider can see all of the data you send via its servers, so you likely wouldn’t want to do internet banking or anything that involves transmitting your personal data including passwords unless you trust the VPN service provider).

Overall, I find Kill Ads a useful and inexpensive solution to an occasional problem.