From a user perspective, you’re going to find a whole host of features that don’t work as expected.

In an ideal world, websites would be able to degrade all of their advanced functionality to users without Javascript with some kind of no-JS alternative.

So even if a tracking script does follow some of your browsing habits, is it such a big deal?

At the very worst end of the scale (that is, not the ones that simply act like hit counters), they’re being used for what’s called a .

In days gone by, Javascript was the bane of the Internet, along with flashing GIF’s.

Blocking Javascript used to make sense from both a safety standpoint (most browser vulnerabilities came through Javascript), and a usability perspective (Javascript was initially only used for silly effects and annoying tricks and popups).

But the Internet has very much moved on and evolved from those early days. Moreover, Javascript is an integral component of modern HTML5 standards, and j Query – the most popular Javascript framework – has pushed forward web interfaces far, far beyond pages full of images, links and tables. So when you use No Script, you’re breaking the Internet.

Not only do you drag webpages 10 years into the past, but you prevent essential modern page components from loading – hit counters and such – which again, hurts our bottom line by not giving us an accurate picture of who visits our page; as well as obviously blocking ads.

If you think that’s somehow ethically wrong, then stop watching TV, because they do exactly the same thing.

During cooking shows, a large number of ads for cooking appliances and kitchen stuff will show. Heck, there’s even a bus-stop ad campaign in the UK that only shows itself when a female walks by. Scare tactics are part of the problem, from conspiracy theorists who believe the government is watching them and now the Internet tracking companies know their every move too.

The thing is – those ads pay my salary, as well as the other full time editors, professionals writers, and dedicated server costs that make Make Use Of what it is.