Google Chrome is the worlds most popular web browser. It’s the browser you immediately install to get away from Microsoft Edge and for good reason. Google Chrome is fast, extendable and allows for a lot of customization that put most of its main competition to shame. However, whether you’re a worried parent or want to protect yourself learning how to block websites in Google Chrome can improve your browsing experience.
While most blocking is performed by your favorite antivirus software or your router, we are going to explore ways for you to easily block websites within Google Chrome.
Use The Free Block Site Chrome Extension
One of the things I love the most about Google Chrome is that for every feature you wish it had by default there is typically an extension to fill it in for you. Blocking a website is no different there is no way natively to simply add a website to a sort of blacklist to prevent you from going to it but with this free extension, you’re able to do so quite easily.
The Block Site extension is powerful you can quickly block websites but you’re able to do so much more. You can setup redirects for when you try to go to that website for instance if you go to bing you could set it up to redirect you to Google. You can setup a schedule to restrict your access to a website during particular hours such as Facebook. This can improve your productivity if you are working from home during these troubling times.
Now, this isn’t a foolproof solution you can easily edit and remove websites from the block list, and while you are able to define a password (which can be useful for children), you could just open a different browser all together to avoid the block entirely.
Depending on your level of experience you could block a website via your systems hosts file this is a Windows configuration file that allows you to define a list of custom domains and their related IP addresses. But the goodnews is most routers now have a built-in way to block websites using their parental controls. This varies widely between provider for instance Asus routers should all have it built-in but your ISP provided router may not. Consult with your indiivdual provider to get a more robust website blocking setup.
Great Extension, But Not Full Proof
My general guidance on blocking website is the solution is as only full proof as the user is ignorant. Meaning no matter what solution you use for blocking websites it will only be as strong as the users own ignorance on how to get around it.
This is a very simple system but for small children (or to keep yourself focused on your work), this is a great solution when in a pinch and you want something fast. Let me know what method you’re using to block websites in the comments section below I am very curious (any pi-hole users out there)?