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Social media websites can be a huge waste of time, especially in the corporate environment and at home. There are dozens of social websites, and Facebook is one of the most popular and widespread. In order to increase productivity and avoid spending extra time on the Internet, there might be a need for blocking certain websites and Facebook specifically.
There are different ways of blocking websites depending on the equipment and system software you are using. You can forbid loading Facebook on a PC at home or in the office. The same holds for mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. In this guide, we will go through the methods of prohibiting Facebook step by step.
The most common operating system is Windows. Your workplace will most likely have computers with Windows installed, and here is our guidance on banning Facebook without additional applications and plugins. This technique will prevent Facebook from loading:
1. Opening the “Hosts” file on your PC
For working with this file, it will be necessary to be an Administrator of the profile you are using.
2. Scroll through all the text in the “Hosts” file and put the cursor on the line below. You might have to press Enter to occupy the free bottom line;
3. Enter the necessary IP address 127.0.0.1 and press the Tab button on your keyboard;
4. After that, you can type in all the necessary websites you need to prohibit. Write the following website after the IP address: facebook.com;
5. It is also possible to block the mobile version of the webpage in order to steer clear of entering the site. Write the usual Facebook address and add an “m.” before it;
6. Save the new “Hosts” file instead of the old one:
7. Reboot your PC. After loading back, the IP addresses of Facebook pages will be banned and impossible to access from this computer.
If you are an Apple user or your working place is equipped with Mac computers, then you will need to do the following steps to block Facebook:
1. Open the “Hosts” file on Mac
In order to open it, you will need to have the rights of the Administrator.
2. Place the cursor on the bottom line of the file. You can scroll down or press the “Down” button until the cursor is on the separate free line;
3. Insert the IP address 127.0.0.1 and press the Tab button;
4. After that, you can type in all the necessary webpages you want to ban. Write the Facebook page address here;
5. You can also block the mobile version of the site to be on the safe side. Write the usual Facebook address and add an “m.” before it;
6. Save the edited “Hosts” file in order to replace the old one;
7. Reboot your computer. You can turn it off completely and turn on again or restart it. After rebooting, Facebook should be blocked from this device.
Social media websites are often accessed from mobile phones and tablets. Blocking a specific website on a computer is not enough because almost everyone has Internet access from their smartphones and tablets. To prevent someone from going on Facebook completely, you will have to follow these steps on Apple devices:
After taking all these steps, there will be no ways of accessing Facebook from your iPhone or iPad.
If you have an Android gadget, there are plenty of options for blocking unwanted websites. However, all of them require blocking the website addresses via the browser you are using or with the help of a designated application. Here are some of the methods you can use:
In case you are using the Firefox browser, you can block a specific website via its options:
You can search for plugins in the Chrome browser, much like with Firefox. Another option is installing a separate application, which can influence the way Chrome works. One of the apps that can work well with Chrome on Android is Kaspersky SafeKids. It is primarily designed for child protection on the Internet; however, it can be used for blocking unwanted websites and content as well.
Even though it is possible to prohibit websites on a PC without downloading additional software, the process takes quite a lot of time and it is inefficient for blocking more than one website. Work Examiner becomes a handy tool that will make blocking websites and monitoring their activity much easier.
Downloading and setting it up takes a few seconds. The prohibiting itself is also an easy process, which will allow managing all the necessary websites right away. In addition, it has a variety of other useful features, such as blocking whole groups of websites, supervising the time spent on specific webpages and warning a user in case of him going to a forbidden website. This will be handy if you want to prevent accessing social media webpages altogether or to allow only a certain amount of time spent on these webpages. However, if you need only to block Facebook, this application does not occupy a lot of space and works perfectly for blocking one specific website.
In order to prevent access to Facebook through this software, you will have to take three simple steps:
Work Examiner may be installed in your network in several minutes. See installation notes
Facebook.com is using https protocol by default. Work Examiner allows to capture and block secure connections – just enable https filtering in Client Options
Create a web blocking rule using facebook.com* URL mask.
Facebook.com cannot be accessed more from the target PC(s)
This application is recommended for both private use and installation in a company. Even if you need to block a single website, you will not have to forbid it on every single computer there is. You will have to locate the software on each computer and select a PC to be the main one. From it, you can handle filtering rules and monitor all the activities regarding Internet usage.
We have already explained above the initial installation process but now let us get a bit more details. There are two main versions of Work Examiner: Standard and Professional. The Standard version implies that only one administrator will have control over the network, and will be able to block Facebook in particular. All data about attempts to access the blocked Facebook website is stored in the cloud. The Professional package obviously has a wider range of functions and stores data in special storage. Choose which one to install depending on your budget and the number of employees.
Work Examiner gives you control over Internet traffic in the form of https filtering. This filter checks all https commands and data, and blocks the ones you have indicated. Facebook.com operates on the corresponding protocol by default.
Your next step is to create a Facebook blocking rule using the URL mask. It can be done just by copying the Facebook URL and pasting it into the WE dashboard. Press Add and Facebook will be blocked instantaneously. You can adjust this rule according to your preferences (hours, users, computers, etc.)
Having performed all these steps correctly, you will block access to Facebook on all browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox and so on) and personal computers of any capacity. From now on, if an employee tries to access Facebook during business hours, he or she will get the notification or will be redirected to the company's policy webpage.
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I loved the way to block Facebook in several clicks!
It may not just block, this tool can also alert and apply in working hours only – very useful.
Jonathon Hewitt, IT specialist
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