The internet is full of spoilers, making it a dangerous place to hang around if you’re trying to steer clear of what happens in Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones, or any other TV shows, movies, or video games that you’re still catching up on. Even when you think you’ve got things under control, Google’s autocomplete feature has spoiled things before. URLs can contain spoilers, too.
In addition, trolls can embed spoilers in unrelated content. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the film’s biggest plot twist was hidden within a misleading video titled something like "LMAO funny Madden 16 glitches.” (Needless to say, there were no funny Madden glitches to be found.)
Of course, the most logical suggestion for avoiding them is to simply log off indefinitely, but that’s not going to happen.
There are several ways to remain spoiler-free without curtailing your computer or phone use. If you spend a ton of time on Twitter, muting keywords is a granular, yet simple solution. Facebook doesn’t allow for the filtering of specific keywords, although you can snooze groups that you follow for 30 days if there’s one that usually shares spoilers.
If you want broader protection across the web, that comes in the form of browser extensions. With support for major browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, these let you draw the line on what you want to see online.
You deserve to not be spoiled, and these extensions can help you out.