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For a short, while now I have been trying out a service called Gener8 that has a simple goal in mind – they will replace all the adverts you see on websites with their own and instead of the owner of the website being paid, you are.
Ethics aside about blocking adverts from websites that the owners may be relying upon to keep the website open the service itself is a pretty good idea in theory. It is your data, your browsing habits so you should be earning from it.
So how did I find the actual service? Well, lets first talk about the extension itself. It did indeed replace the adverts with their own and from what I do see they do relate to the ones in your profile but the Firefox extension seems to kill the browser if you are low on RAM (so my tablet couldn’t really use it on Firefox) and seems to make the overall web browser experience slowing.
It is no different with their Chrome extension. The extension would randomly keep loading forever and Google Chrome CPU would max out like how people would embed bit miners into their website so the browser would process it as someone browsed their website. While I can understand it was just released for Chrome it does feel like its a rushed job.
Now I am sure there are some people that would accept a slower web browsing experience in exchange for their possible “earn £20-30 a month!” so let’s talk about how much I earned … I have no idea. Gener8 has yet to allow people to trade in their tokens for actual liquid cash. What this means is right now you are earning Gener8 money with no promise at all that you may get paid nor what the exchange rate is (with how fast I earned the tokens I have I am expecting a massive exchange rate)
Overall the idea is pretty cool – you get paid for your own data being used to display adverts to you. If you will ever get paid however only time will tell. It doesn’t really matter how often they say they will pay or their time plans – once they start paying we will only know then if it’s legit.