The internet is a vital aspect of our lives today and generally, this is a positive thing. But, the 24/7 connected world that we live in today has many distractions.
This article will show you how it is possible to block sites that could disrupt your workflow.
Why should you consider blocking websites?
There are numerous reasons it is advisable to block websites. But, most crucially, it’s a conscious action to accomplish these goals:
- Keeping focus
- Eliminating distractions
- Enhancing productivity
- Improved performance
- Achievement of goals
- Better time management
- Security by blocking malware-infected websites
- Keep websites with explicit content off your radar
- Personal information is important to protect.
- Protecting children from explicit/violent/predatory content
Can you block direct access to websites through the browser?
The majority of popular browsers don’t have an integrated site blocker, which means it isn’t possible to make use of the browser to block harmful or distracting websites. The best thing you could do is to install an easy extension known as BlockSite in your browser, and it’ll instantly fix this problem.
Their official website provides instructions on how to block a site in all browsers by using this effective extension and also blocking the apps that are related, stopping the display of adult content as well as password-protecting the browser. It’s a single extension/application to eliminate distractions, maintain your privacy online, and manage blocked websites so that you can concentrate on the actual work/study, instead of wasting time on the management.
Are you able to block any website from your Computer?
While it’s more practical to manage your internet distractions and cyber security measures using a simple extension but there are other methods to block websites from your computer. But, you’ll need in order to individually block or unblock each of those sites on all your devices in a separate manner. Host file methods are not effective on websites that begin with the letters https ://, in place of a more secure http ://.
Blocking Websites on a Computer (Windows 10)
- Select the Control Panel or find it by searching the menu.
- Choose User Accounts and Family Security, and then navigate into the Family Safety settings for the User.
- Turn it on and select it and enforce your current settings
- Click Web Filtering, then Users may only access the websites I have allowed or block certain websites
- You can enter all websites you would like to keep the user off of by typing or pasting them into the URL in the heading. Enter a website to permit or block
While this procedure is complex slow-going and time-consuming, it is almost entirely manual, it will effectively block any website that is visited through the account of the individual who is using that Windows 10 PC
Blocking Websites on Mac
Although Apple’s computers are more secure than PCs thanks to MacOS’s secured and closed design, they’re not 100% malware-proof either. Additionally, blocking access to websites that don’t have an extension may be more difficult to accomplish on the Mac than for Windows 10.
- Select the Apple logo at the top of your left screen
- Follow the route to Settings > Parents > System Preferences.
- Choose the desired User Account to your left, then click Web on the right
- It is recommended to choose the tab to restrict access to adult-oriented websites, and then click Customize
- Create an e-blocklist by the addition of (plus) the websites that are restricted under Never allow these sites > OK
- Alternately you can select Allow access only to these websites, and then enter the websites you want to allow access to.
- If you do, the user won’t be able to access ANY website other than the ones that you have entered in the green list.
As one can imagine, with the help of parental controls or browser extensions, temporarily/permanently blocking websites with distracting/malicious/explicit content is possible, but the former is a lot more complex, time-consuming, and less effective than the latter. There are thousands of websites to check and search for online, so your blocking list isn’t going to cover all. Extensions are, however, real-time and give you greater protection and allow you to be productive, without wasting time browsing websites or even the action to block them!