Regarding the new required Chromium permission as of 0.9.8.2: About the required permissions: change your privacy related settings. My answer to someone pointing out at all the slew of negative reviews in the Chrome store:
It's worth noting that there are a slew of negative reviews after this change
I see this as a long term project. My decision will be proven right in the long run. People knee jerking without fully understanding what really went on is not a good reason for me to weaken good privacy habits. There will be a setting next version to re-enable it if you want, but prefetching will always be disabled by default, for all the reasons invoked. My track record is that of not compromising users' interests for the benefits of data miners etc., and disabling prefetching is consistent with this.
Couple of ongoing myths to dispel:
ublock blocks ads just like adblock plus, but triggers the ads API to think it got viewed
Completely false. uBlock Origin (and uBlock) does not "trigger" any "ads API" (whatever that is). It prevents network requests from being made according to filter lists so that your browser does not connect to remote servers, period.
Also, as opposed to what uBlock FAQ suggests:
[...] In contrast, the uBlock project will be moving forward with awesome new features, refinements, and enhancements [...]
uBlock Origin is also actively maintained and is also moving forward with new features, refinements, and enhancements and stability work. For a neutral assessment of the differences between uBlock Origin and uBlock, it is best to rely on Wikipedia's article on uBlock.
An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.
- Purpose & General Info
- Performance and Efficiency
- Release History
uBlock Origin (or uBlock₀) is not an ad blocker; it's a general-purpose blocker. uBlock₀ blocks ads through its support of the Adblock Plus filter syntax. uBlock₀ extends the syntax and is designed to work with custom rules and filters.
That said, it's important to note that using a blocker is NOT theft. Don't fall for this creepy idea. The ultimate logical consequence of
blocking = theft is the criminalisation of the inalienable right to privacy.
Ads, "unintrusive" or not, are just the visible portions of privacy-invading apparatus entering your browser when you visit most sites nowadays. uBlock₀'s main goal is to help users neutralize such privacy-invading apparatus — in a way that welcomes those users who don't wish to use more technical, involved means (such as µMatrix).
EasyList, Peter Lowe's Adservers, EasyPrivacy and Malware domains are enabled by default when you install uBlock₀. Many more lists are readily available to block trackers, analytics, and more. Hosts files are also supported.
Once you install uBlock₀, you may easily un-select any of the pre-selected filter lists if you think uBlock₀ blocks too much. For reference, Adblock Plus installs with only EasyList enabled by default.
 Details of the benchmark available at Firefox version: benchmarking memory footprint.
 Important note: There is currently a bug in Chromium 39+ which causes a new memory leak each time the popup UI of an extension is opened. This affects all extensions. Keep this in mind when measuring Chromium's memory usage. In the benchmarks, I avoided opening the popups completely.
uBlock₀ is also easy on the CPU
Details of the benchmark available in this LibreOffice spreadsheet.
Being lean and efficient doesn't mean blocking less
For details of benchmark, see uBlock₀ and others: Blocking ads, trackers, malwares.
Feel free to read about the extension's required permissions.
There is no support for Safari for uBlock Origin.
Best is that you install chrisaljoudi/uBlock, which has official support for Safari.
Note for all browsers
To benefit from uBlock Origin's higher efficiency, it's advised that you don't use other inefficient blockers at the same time (such as AdBlock or Adblock Plus). uBlock₀ will do as well or better than most popular ad blockers.
See the releases pages for a history of releases and highlights for each release.
Free. Open source. For users by users. No donations sought.
Without the preset lists of filters, this extension is nothing. So if ever you really do want to contribute something, think about the people working hard to maintain the filter lists you are using, which were made available to use by all for free.
You can contribute by helping translate uBlock₀ on Crowdin.