If you want to block websites in Google Chrome, you will need to make sure that you have the right tools / software to do it.
Irrespective of the reasons behind the blocking, there are a number of websites which are just plain unhealthy in the modern web – social media, adult (porn) and illegal sites being just 3 examples.
Thankfully, due to the way in which Chrome includes “extensions”, the process of blocking specific sites typically depends on which plugin you’re able to download / install.
From a technical perspective, “blocking” sites is very simple – you either need to ensure that you’re stopping the outbound request – or the returned data that comes as part of the HTTP process.
Each time you access a website, what your computer is doing is basically sending a request to a remote server. The server will then respond with HTML code that your system will display on-screen (or do whatever it’s meant to with it).
The point is that since ALL “web” traffic goes through HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol), there is a pattern into which a “blocker” can be brought.
As mentioned, there are several “block” tools out there.
They’re not very difficult to create (hence their multitude). The most important thing to remember is that with added choice comes added functionality – always be careful as to the nature of the systems that have been designed (99% of them aren’t worth the time of day).
To this end, the following 3 are generally considered the most popular & effective for blocking sites on Chrome:
1. BlockSite (20,454 reviews / 1,455,842 users)
This is the most popular extension for blocking websites on Chrome.
I use it for the simplicity of the interface – it’s effective without being overly simplistic.
The system is as direct as you’d expect a site blocker to be – it works mostly with URL’s (websites), which you’re able to list in a large “blacklist”. It also has a single switch to block adult content.
One of the core benefits of the system is that it replaces blocked websites with motivational images – allowing the user to abstain from the draw the various apps/sites they’ve blocked might have.
2. StayFocusd (6,917 reviews / 717,826 users)
StayFocusd is actually one of the more popular extensions, primarily because a relatively large number of “self help” people have recommended it.
The most important thing to recognize is the system was designed not as a “blocking” tool, but as a means to manage your Internet activity.
In the modern world, with the majority of people using digital devices to at least aid with their work, having distractions in the form of a myriad of different websites can often lead to mindless Internet browsing lasting hours.
StayFocusd is centered around a “timer” system through which you’re able to determine the amount of time you’re able to spend on a particular website. Whilst this obviously includes blocking the site/app completely, it’s interesting because it gives you the ability to determine exactly which sites you’re spending the most time on.
The features of the system include the likes of blocking entire websites, blocking websites/webpages based on keywords or content, and having a “nuclear” option which allows you to block access to “all” websites for a duration of time.
3. TinyFilter (897 reviews / 204,999 users)
This works slightly differently the previous two.
Rather than blocking specific websites (which can be done), it’s main feature is to intelligently “filter” content based on different triggers (keywords, filenames, domains etc).
If you’re looking at using a system that’s going to intelligently block the likes of adult content, gun related content, certain videos (YouTube videos blocked without the sites themselves being blocked), then TinyFilter would be the best for you.
The system works by providing a “blacklist” (blocked content) and “white list” (allowed content) to give users the ability to determine exactly which types of content will be blocked. It also provides a “password protection” feature through which the admin is able to protect the settings.
Again, the big difference with this tool lies in how it manages the blocked content. Other services either just block websites directly, or have a crude “triggers” mechanism. TinyFilter is relatively granular in its approach.
Whilst – obviously – the choice is yours as to where you put your time / focus, the above all work with similar results.
The primary differentiator lies in the way in which the systems work, and whether their interfaces work in line what you want/expect from a system of that type.
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