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Finally! Ad-Blocking and Anti-Tracking Apps for Apple Devices

In what is a first for users of iPhones and iPads, those annoying Internet ads and tracking activities that invade privacy can now be a thing of the past.

It’s all because Apple’s new iOS 9 operating system allows for installation of third-party apps that block ads and tracking – unlike previous versions of iOS.

I have three ad-blocking apps for you iPhone users to consider:

Purify Blocker uses the tagline “browse in peace” and promises no ads and no tracking. Purify Blocker’s developer says users can expect to browse up to two times faster than normal while reducing data consumption by half. Purify Blocker also makes for a less-cluttered screen. The app is $3.99 in the App Store.

Blockr includes a whole bunch of ways to block ads, tracking, and more. Blockr contains easily customizable and extremely useful options. You can set Blockr to block automatic loading of videos and other images so that only stuff you want to read will appear on your screen. Blockr is 99 cents in the App Store.

The Crystal app also blocks ads and prevents tracking. Crystal’s developers say it can improve page-loading speeds by up to four times and cut data usage by half. Crystal also conserves battery juice since your device isn’t loading as much info. Crystal is 99 cents.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.