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3 Online Tools to Help You Dodge Game of Thrones Spoilers

After almost a year since the last instalment, the wait for winter is finally over. If, like me, you weren’t able to catch the first episode when it aired, you’re likely spending the following hours (or – Gods help you – days) in the dark ages for fear of online spoilers. But it needn’t be this way! We’ve found some great tools for you to remain in the 21st century without having to unfriend, well, everyone.

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Make Your Browser Spoiler Resistant

Game of Thrones (GoT) is pretty popular. In fact, it’s one of the most popular TV shows on Earth. You’d be hard pushed to find a media outlet that doesn’t feature content geared towards its legions of die-hard fans. Although most of these outlets offer fair warning in the form of spoiler alerts, why leave yourself open to temptation or accident if you can avoid it? Here are some tools we’ve found to help you.

Chrome

The Chrome browser has a great plug-in to help you filter all GoT-related spoilers from your browsing. To access it, just head to the Chrome Store and search for the ‘Game of Spoils’ extension. This comes with a handy, pre-set list of Game of Thrones keywords included.

Firefox

If you use Firefox, you have a couple of options. However, you’ll need to populate the following apps keywords yourself, meaning some may slip through the cracks.

For general browsing, try the Hide Spoilers add-on. Any content that matches your keywords will be redacted, thus allowing you to browse in safety. This does also allow you to choose whether you block just the keywords or, helpfully, their context.

The Facebook add-on Spoiler Free blurs out any offending posts. Remember this will only work if you access Facebook through Firefox.

Both of the extensions above come with a handy installation guide. The setup process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes – depending on how thorough you want to be!

Shield Yourself from Twitter Trolls

If you access social media through your browser, then you should be covered when using the add-ons and extensions above. However, these will not cover the Twitter and Facebook apps.

Fortunately, Twitter has a function built into its app to help you. First, go to the notifications area from your feed and select the Settings icon.

From here, select the ‘muted words’ option and you will arrive at the screen below. You can now list all of the terms, hashtags, and Twitter handles you can think of to avoid those accounts that might spoil the next episode for you. Let’s face it, if this were to happen anywhere, it would most likely be on Twitter!

Facebook is Full of Spoilers

It seems Facebook doesn’t have a feature built into the app. There are, however, plenty of third party apps to help you manage all your social media accounts, and which come with a function similar to the mute function on the Twitter app. At the moment, the only other way around this seems to be to log into Facebook using your phone’s browser with an extension installed.

Unfortunately, there is no function to mute people in real life (trust us, we looked). At least not one that won’t get you into trouble. The only sure fire way to avoid spoiler risk is to watch the show as it airs.

This may be a problem for those in the UK, where Game of Thrones airs at 2 AM. That long wait until the episode is repeated on Sky Atlantic at 9 PM is a veritable spoiler gauntlet.

But don’t worry, there is good news….

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Catch Game of Thrones as It Airs or on Demand Using a Virtual Private Network

Although HBO is only available in the US, even if you don’t live there you can subscribe using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). HBO offers a one-month, free, cancel anytime trial, which means you can watch Game of Thrones episodes on catch up without having to wait nearly a full day for them to be shown in other countries. The free trials are offered by HBO providers, so you may need to try a few different providers in this list before you find one that works for you. Alternatively, if you live in the US, you can download the HBO NOW app, which comes with a free trial. Even if you don’t, here are the best VPNs for HBO NOW in 2017.

In the UK, NOW TV offers the same service. Between HBO NOW and NOW TV, you have the whole of season seven of Game of Thrones covered! To find out which VPN providers are best for NOW TV, click the link.


Rob McAllister

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